"A Master Teacher is an individual recognized for excellence in the classroom, including the ability to improve student achievement, the ability to mentor other teachers in achieving excellence in their classrooms, and the ability to communicate effectively with their community." - Master Teacher Program Framework, adopted by the SBOE and sent to Governor Napolitano, Spring, 2005
The mission and purpose of the Arizona Master Teacher Program is to build capacity for teacher leadership and provide sustainability and support those newest to the teaching profession. The program is designed to:
- Foster a spirit of accomplishment amongst Arizona's teachers.
- Recognize the contribution of excellent teaching in our communities and elevate the status of the profession.
- Designate or place a Master Teacher in every school building, beginning with our poorest and most in need.
Arizona's Master Teacher Program places experienced, accomplished teachers into leadership roles in schools as mentors or coaches for their peers. Participating districts must ensure that teachers are identified through an application and evaluation determined by the Arizona K12 Center in order to be designated as a Master Teacher.
Once this professional designation is assigned, districts may select from these identified Master Teachers to provide service to the profession through positions such as mentors or coaches in qualifying schools within the district. These mentors or coaches attend rigorous trainings through the Arizona K12 Center in partnership with New Teacher Center to equip them with tools for success with those newest to the profession.
Any teacher in Arizona that meets the application requirements may apply to become a Master Teacher. Individual districts will select their own mentors or coaches from the pool of identified Master Teachers. The Arizona K12 Center offers a competitive program application process each year for school districts that wish to begin a mentoring or coaching program, or supplement and build sustainability of an existing program. For more information, please see the District Application Information on our website.