ITEP is currently recruiting future Indigenous teacher candidates to begin Fall 2021 and Fall 2022.

How to Apply?

If you are from a tribal community and are hoping to become a certified Elementary Education professional, please contact Sara Knepper at with a copy of your unofficial transcript.

For further information, please contact: or

Next cohort begins: August 23, 2021

(Late Application accepted from May 10, 2021 - May 21, 2021. See below requirements)

Submit your application

Currently recruiting  for FALL 2021 UArizona transfer application is open. Aim to submit your transfer application by March 1, 2021 (hard deadline July 1, 2021.)


Why ITEP?: 

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
  • Work in schools serving a high proportion of Indigenous students

Future Deadlines:

  • FAFSA opens: Oct. 1, 2020
  • Apply for IVP fingerprint card and ask for recommendation forms: Oct – Nov, 2020
  • ITEP, Elementary program & College of Education Admission (one app): Feb. 12, 2021
  • FAFSA priority deadline: March 1, 2021
  • Final FAFSA deadline: June 20, 2021
  • UA transfer admission application closes: July 1, 2021*

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