Teach with Us

We have 2800 great reasons for you to come and teach with us. Here are the top five our current staff say is why they stay.

#1 Deep Sense of Community
#2 Leadership & Mentorship
#3 Every Child is Capable of Success! NO EXCEPTIONS!
#4 Competitive Salaries & Benefits
#5 City of Tolleson Loves Our Teachers!

Pathways to Teaching

Follow your passion and pursue a degree that leads to teacher certification. We’re proud of our partnership with NAU, which enables talented people like you to become educators in our community. 

This unique partnership is available to anyone interested in pursuing an NAU degree that leads to teacher certification. The Arizona Teachers Academy Scholarship is available, allowing the NAU degree programs to be completed tuition free. The goal of this new partnership is to attract talented people to become educators for their community. NAU’s in-person courses are offered in the afternoon/evening, making it convenient for paraprofessionals and other working professionals. 

Available Degree Programs Leading to Teacher Certification

  • BSED Elementary Education (primarily in-person)
  • BSED Special and Elementary Education (in-person and online blend)
  • Add on Early Childhood Certificate leading to Endorsement (online courses)
  • MED Special Education (online)
  • Early Childhood or Mild Moderate Disabilities
  • MED Elementary Education (online)
  • MAT Teaching Science (online)

Partnership Benefits: Financial, Professional, and Academic Support

  • Invitations for specialized professional development events
  • Advanced consideration for open positions
  • Local faculty support
  • Attend tuition free with the Arizona Teachers Academy (must complete a current FAFSA)
  • $2,000 annual stipend for the final two years of NAU coursework

New Teacher Support

Through a grant with the Arizona K12 Center, Tolleson ESD provides New Teacher Support. Recognizing the challenges of the beginning teacher, we are ready to support beginning teachers on day one. Using research-based tools to support those newest to the profession, we emphasize strengthening autonomy and self-efficacy within teachers to support Arizona's students.

Learn more about New Teacher Support.

National Board Certification

Every student deserves to be taught by an accomplished teacher. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K–12 education. 

Grounded in the National Board Standards, the National Board Five Core Propositions describe what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do to have a positive impact on student learning. National Board Certification identifies teachers who meet those standards through a performance-based, peer-reviewed series of assessment components.

Tolleson Elementary School District is committed to supporting teachers seeking National Board Certification by providing available funds for certification at different levels.