How to Apply?

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

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 11, 2020 - May 29, 2020. See below requirements)

Submit your application

Currently recruiting  for FALL 2021 UArizona transfer application opens September 2020 & due March 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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