Teacher Education Program

Hello CAL Secondary Education Majors,

PEP Application

You must apply to the Professional Education Programs (PEP) once you are a declared CAL secondary education major.

How to apply: Follow this link, or the link from the email you received when you declared this major.

PEP Requirements

After you apply you must meet the major-specific criteria for PEP acceptance. Refer to the academic catalog for acceptance and major requirements.

Fingerprint Clearance Card

All secondary education majors are required to have an Identity Verified Fingerprint Clearance Card.  Refer to the fingerprint clearance card page for more information on how to order this card.

Art Education

Advisor Contact 

Pamela Stephens
Location: Bldg 37, rm 314
E-mail: Pamela.Stephens@nau.edu

English Secondary Education

Advisor contacts

Find out more about the English department's advising hours.

Global Languages & Cultures Secondary Education

Advisor contact

Karina Collentine
Location: Bldg. 23, rm 208
Phone: 928-523-5019
E-mail: Karina.Collentine@nau.edu

History & Social Studies Secondary Education

Advisor contact

Linda Sargent Wood
Location: Bldg 18, rm 313
Phone: 928-523-6211
E-mail: Linda.Sargent.Wood@nau.edu

Music Education

Advisor Contact

Rick Stamer
Location: Bldg 37, rm 120D
Phone: 928-523-2606
E-mail: Rick.Stamer@nau.edu

Additional professional educational requirements

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Other Professional Education Requirements

Read more about other Professional Education requirements.
Student Teaching

Apply 1 year in advance (for Fall: September 21- October 12; for Spring: March 21- April 12). During your last semester, you will be in a classroom, applying the skills you have acquired throughout your education program, and supervised and evaluated by various educational professionals and instructors. All pre-requisites must be met before student teaching begins. For more information, contact your advisor in your major.

Before being accepted to student teaching, the following criteria must be met:

  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • NAU GPA must be at least 2.5
  • In all teacher preparation courses:
    • no grade lower than a "C"
    • Art, English, History Education majors: 3.0 GPA in the major
    • Music and Language Education majors: 2.5 GPA in the major
  • Complete all plan requirements
  • All major coursework, with the exception of EDF 200 must be completed within the six years prior to student teaching
  • All candidates must demonstrate social and emotional maturity consistent with professional standards of classroom instruction as well as adequate physical health for teaching

Student Teaching placements:

  • Arizona

Arizona Certification requires:

  • One Structured English Immersion course to prepare you to teach those who have limited English proficiency, which is embedded in your major course work.
  • US/AZ constitution: You have three years to complete this requirement, and there are multiple ways to do so.  Please meet with your advisor to determine the best option for you. 
Professional Knowledge Test

To be eligible for certification you must also take and pass the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge test (formerly the Arizona Educator’s Proficiency Assessment Exam (AEPA)).

The APPEL Center, located in the College of Education curriculum library, is a test prep with resources to help you prepare for the test.  As an NAU student you can take practice exams through your NAU email account.  Please take advantage of this service.

Certification Process

Once you complete your program, you will receive an Institutional Recommendation (IR) from NAU.  You will take your IR to the Department of Education along with:

  • A copy of your passing scores of the Professional Knowledge Test
  • Your fingerprint clearance card
  • A required fee