The Madison Elementary School District partners with Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College iTeachAZ program to bring in student teachers into our classrooms.

Seniors in the program spend an entire academic school year student teaching in a preK-8 school and district with a mentor teacher. In iTeachAZ, students and their mentor teachers plan and deliver academic content in a variety of formats, including small group, one-to-one, and whole class.

Before entering the iTeachAZ program, teacher candidates take courses designed to coincide with their needs as teachers and strengthen their preparation in the disciplinary understandings that they bring to their teaching. This preparation provides important background for their pedagogy courses and sets the stage for their successful classroom practices. Students who complete this immersion program are well prepared to take on classrooms of their own.

The iTeachAZ program more than doubles the amount of time most future teachers spend in the classroom. This model of teacher preparation provides greater clinical experience through intensive student teaching experiences.

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