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    The Chandler Unified School District is pleased to offer an alternative path to certified teaching that removes barriers such as cost and time required in traditional college programs. The Educator Preparation Program (EPP), known as Chandler RISE, will prepare individuals to receive a Classroom-Based Standard Elementary K-8 or Mild-Moderate Special Education K-12 teaching certificate. This Arizona state accredited program will begin accepting applicants for the 2023-2024 school year in January 2023.


    Program Overview

    The program provides a two-year model that combines classroom experience, coaching, and more than 200 hours of professional development each year. Candidates begin the school year in their own classrooms,  supported through mentoring at both their own site and from the district program coordinator. RISE teachers will earn the CUSD base teacher salary each year of the program and will receive health insurance and other benefits including matching retirement contributions, holiday pay, and earned paid sick time. 

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  • Coursework Calendar

    The program’s training will take place during scheduled release days and additional days added to the standard teacher work calendar.

    Dates are listed for year 1 participation and will follow a similar calendar for year 2. Topics covered in classes will coincide with the classroom calendar so that teachers can immediately implement their learning into the classroom.

    **Dates listed are required for all participants.** 



    All Chandler RISE teachers will have support from a certified teacher. This support may include, but not be limited to, modeling lessons, in the moment coaching, assistance with planning, guidance in data collection and any other systems in place within a classroom and school.

    All Chandler RISE teachers will participate in the district's new teacher mentoring program.  This support structure includes cohort meetings with an accomplished teacher and others in their first year, 1:1 coaching sessions, and mini conferences that provides learning sessions designed to meet the needs of new teachers.  Most of these dates will be set by the mentor teacher and the group at the start of the school year.  The dates for the mini-conferences are TBD for the 2023-2024 school year. 

  • Required Training Dates -Year 1


    July 5-11, 2023


    Sat., August 12, 2023


    October 2-6, 2023


    March 21-22, 2024


    Sat., April 13, 2024


    May 28-31, 2024


    June 3-6, 2024



    2023-2024 Release Days 

    For the following dates, RISE teachers will be provided a substitute in order to attend training during the school day.

    Wednesday, September 13, 2023

    Wednesday, November 8, 2023

    Tuesday, December 5, 2023

    Wednesday, January 17, 2024

    Thursday, February 15, 2024



  • Coursework Topics

    Training for all Chandler RISE teachers is based on the inTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Arizona's Professional Teaching standards.  Every session falls into one of the following categories:

    • Classroom Procedures & Management
    • Learning Environment
    • Standards & Curriculum
    • Lesson Planning
    • Instructional Delivery
    • Assessment
    • Personalized Learning
    • Literacy
    • Engaging Parents & Community
    • Professional Responsibilities
    • Technology
    • Special Education (Mild-Moderate)
  • State Requirements for Participation

    To take advantage of this opportunity, potential participants must have the following

    • a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

    • a valid fingerprint clearance card issued by Arizona Department of Public Safety

    • a valid alternative or emergency teaching certificate (CUSD will expedite the paperwork for this once you have been accepted into the program)

    The program does not cover the costs associated with getting the certification. These include:

    • passing the U.S./AZ Constitution test or taking and passing the U.S./AZ Constitution class

    • completion of SEI coursework as required by Arizona State Board of Education
    • passing the professional knowledge portion(s) of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment 

    • certification fees