Program Overview

Queen Creek Unified School District will be offering a Classroom-Based Educator Preparation Program, Aspire2Teach, to selected participants as an alternative path to Arizona Department of Education Certification. Program participants will earn a certificate in one of the following areas: Elementary, K–8; Secondary Education, 6–12; or Special Education Mild/Moderate Disabilities, K–12. 

The QCUSD Aspire2Teach Program requires a two-year commitment while participants engage in over 150 hours of professional development during each year of the program. In correlation of the professional development, Aspire2Teach teachers will be provided job-embedded coaching and mentorship which will include frequent classroom visits, targeted feedback with modeling supports, instruction videotaping for self-reflection opportunities, and observation of QCUSD identified exemplar teachers. During visits to exemplar teacher classrooms participants will be accompanied by a program coach or site mentor to facilitate best practice discussions.

The Aspire2Teach Program provides the following opportunities:

  • Participants developed to match QCUSD teacher expectations and the needs of QCUSD students
  • Job embedded training and coaching
  • Evidence-based professional development

Participant Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Valid IVP fingerprint card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety
  • Valid Alternative teaching certificate obtained through assistance from QCUSD upon program admission


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