ITEP is currently recruiting future Indigenous teacher candidates to begin Fall 2024.

How to Apply?

If you are from a tribal community and are hoping to become a certified Elementary or Early Childhood Education professional, please contact Alex Nichelson at with a copy of your unofficial transcript.

For further information, please contact ITEP or Breann Clarkson.

Next cohort begins: August 21, 2024 (Deadline: March 29, 2024)

Submit your application

Currently recruiting for FALL 2024 UArizona transfer application is now open. Aim to submit your transfer application by March 1, 2024 (hard deadline July 1, 2024.)



ITEP is dedicated to developing critical/justice-oriented, and culturally sustaining educators who promote strength and well-being within Indigenous communities. ITEP teacher candidates will examine their own cultural identities in relation to the making of an Indigenous teacher.

  • Arizona Teacher Academy (ATA): Receive loan-for-service aid to cover tuition and Mandatory Fees
  • Arizona Nation Scholars (ANS) grant: Full tuition and mandatory fees coverage provided for all students enrolled in an Arizona tribe pursuing their 1st Bachelors degree
  • Work in schools serving a high proportion of Indigenous students

Future Deadlines

  • FAFSA opens: October 1, 2023
  • Apply for IVP fingerprint card and ask for recommendation forms: October – November 2023
  • ITEP, Elementary program & College of Education Admission (one app): March 29, 2024
  • FAFSA priority deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Final FAFSA deadline: June 20, 2024
  • UA transfer admission application closes: July 1, 2024*

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

At this time, ITEP is only offered in person on the University of Arizona Main Campus in Tucson, AZ. As a program, we are always having conversations within our department to (hopefully) begin offering classes online so students may stay in their home communities. However, once students reach their final semesters of the program, they may be able to complete their student teaching in a community closer to home. In which, they will work with our field placement team to secure a site. 

Courses and field experience will vary among the 4 semesters; however, general information is provided below:

  • Courses will be held at a local Elementary School in Tucson (Monday-Thursday)
  • A unique, 2-hour reflective seminar session held 3x per semester, entitled “Indigenous Pedagogies Speaker Series” is required.
  • Field Experience will be at a partner school (e.g., Tohono O’odham schools, Tucson Unified School District, Baboquivari Unified School District, Gila River Indian Community Schools, Sacaton Public Schools). Hours vary each semester.
  • Student Teaching will be either at a partner school or any school that serves a high population of Native students.

    All tuition (unless funded by ANS or outside funding sources) and mandatory expenses accrued during your time in ITEP will be tracked and logged within your own account during the two years of the training program. After completing the program, participants “payback” the loan through service in schools/programs serving Indigenous students. The service payback requirement is based on the length of time you received funding. This means that if you received two years of funding through ITEP, you will be expected to provide service at a school/program serving Indigenous students for two years. During the service payback, you do not have to pay back any actual money. This means that the salary you earn at your job will not be affected.