FAQs for the Master Teacher Program

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What is a Master Teacher?

"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."

What are the qualifications of becoming a Master Teacher?

In order to apply for designation as a Master Teacher one must: 

  • Have a minimum of three years teaching experience.
  • Achieve National Board Certification or successfully complete Components 2 or 3 with a score of 2.75 or higher.
  • Have a baccalaureate degree and be fully licensed in the subject or grade level currently teaching.
  • Have positive teaching evaluations, with no formal plans of improvement related to job performance anytime in the three years prior to application.

What are the benefits of becoming a Master Teacher?

Master Teachers are awarded certificates by the Arizona K12 Center and given the opportunity to participate in a variety of professional development and teacher leadership opportunities throughout the year. Master Teachers are seen as expert mentors and/or coaches because of their participation in the Master Teacher Program. Master Teachers also serve as the core of the Master Teacher Program in selected districts throughout the state.

Do I have to be an Arizona resident to apply?

Yes, because this is a state-funded program, applicants must hold a current, provisional or standard Arizona teaching certificate. They must be employed by an Arizona school district or charter school. The three years of teaching experience does not have to be in Arizona.

How do I earn the designation of Master Teacher?

To earn the designation of an Master Teacher, an applicant must earn a total weighted scaled score that equals or exceeds 3.0 on the Professional Learning Plan and be a National Board Certified Teacher, or have successfully completed National Board Components 2 or 3 with a score of 2.75 or higher.

Is there a fee involved?

There is no application fee if individuals have achieved National Board Certification or have successfully completed Components 2 or 3 within the NBCT process. However, if one has not completed the Board certification requirement there is a fee involved. Please click on http://www.boardcertifiedteachers.org/ for further information on the National Board Certification process.

How do I apply?

For detailed information about the Master Teacher Program and Application Schedule, please follow the links provided.

What is involved in the Master Teacher application?

In this application process, you will be asked to provide evidence of your ability to demonstrate excellence in your teaching, mentoring, or coaching practice. The Professional Learning Plan requires three types of information; documentation, evaluation, and reflection.

How long should I expect to spend on my application?

The application is designed to provide you an opportunity to plan, implement, and reflect on your practice over at least two to three months. Through this application you should expect to engage in job-embedded professional development, which will enhance your work as a reflective and influential teacher, mentor, or coach that greatly impacts student achievement in Arizona schools.

Who do I contact for information regarding the application process?

Please contact info@azk12.org for questions regarding the application.

How will I receive my scores?

All application scores will be available no later than May 1, 2017. The score report will outline the score on the Professional Learning Plan component. A certificate of recognition by the Arizona K12 Center will be distributed at a formal ceremony in the spring following the application year.

What is required if selected as a Master Teacher/Coach?

If you work in a district that has a Master Teacher agreement with the Arizona K12 Center you will:

  • Serve as a Master Teacher Mentor/Coach and provide defined mentoring/coaching for teachers at a site/district.
  • Participate in professional development for mentors/coaches for up to a three-year period.
  • Complete required data protocols each year.

For more information check out Arizona's Master Teacher Roles.

What are the District/School requirements if selected to participate in the Master Teacher Mentor Program?

Participating districts/schools will:

  • Provide at least release time for Master Teacher Mentors/Coaches.
  • Demonstrate need and capacity to utilize Mentors/Coaches effectively.
  • Provide expenses reports for all necessary training.
  • Provide stipends to designated Master Teachers who are serving as Mentors/Coaches.
  • Enroll Master Teachers Mentors and Coaches in required training.

For more information check out Arizona's Master Teacher Roles.

Who do I contact if my district is interested in participating in the Master Teacher Program?

The Arizona K12 Center offers a competitive program application process for schools or districts that wish to begin a mentoring program, or supplement and build sustainability to an exisiting program. Please contact info@azk12.org if your district is interested in applying for the Master Teacher Program. They will need to complete an application outlining the district's interest and willingness to meet the requirements of participation.

Are professional development hours available for completing the Master Teacher application?

Yes, a professional development log is to be submitted with the application. You can log hours each time you visit your application. After you have submitted your application a professional development certificate can be downloaded through your Arizona K12 Center account.