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Teacher in Residence Post Baccalaureate Programs

About TIR Programs

Teacher in Residence (TIR) programs allow students who already hold a bachelor's degree to receive employment in a classroom while simultaneously completing their education coursework toward certification. The Post Baccalaureate Teacher in Residence Programs are approved by the Arizona Department of Education and utilizes the Alternative Teaching Certificate (formally known as the Intern Teaching Certificate).

Students must be recommended by a school district for employment, as a contracted teacher, provide a current IVP fingerprint card and appropriate passing subject knowledge exam scores. If teaching in an English Language Development (ELD) classroom, students must also successfully complete an approved Structured English Immersion workshop or course.

NOTE: All application materials are purged after one year from receipt when program enrollment does not transpire.

Available Programs

Online college credit coursework is available in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood (Birth - Grade 3)
  • Elementary Education (Grades K-8)
  • Secondary Education (Grades 6-12)
  • Special Education (Grades K-12)
  • Art Education (Grades K-12)

Learn how to get started in the Teacher in Residence program.

See all Coursework (PDF)

  • Final application review for entrance into the TIR Program for Spring 2021 will begin November 15, 2020
  • Application to ADE for Alternative Teaching Certificate no sooner than December 14.  
  • Online TIR applications must be submitted and complete (i.e. official transcripts, letters of recommendation, Employment Verification, and Star Teacher Assessment, received and processed), by January 25, 2021, to be considered for acceptance into the TIR Program.
  • Entrance into the TIR Program requires you to complete an application to Maricopa Community Colleges (Rio Salado College) AND the TIR online application.  When you apply to Maricopa Community Colleges, please indicate the first semester of attending as Fall 2020

For more information, call 480-517-8140. You can also register for the free, non-credit online orientation class EDO100-101TR. It further explains TIR program requirements. In-person and virtual orientations are provided, view this website.