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At University of Phoenix, those who can, teach

Becoming a faculty member at University of Phoenix is tough. Not only must applicants possess advanced degrees and a wealth of expertise in their fields, but they must also survive an intensive, four-week training course and demonstrate teaching ability under the watchful eye of a mentor. The process is so long, in fact, that the average time from filling out an interest form to receiving an offer for a faculty position is anywhere from four to six months.

Here’s what it takes to become an instructor:

University of Phoenix faculty teaching requirements

University of Phoenix faculty: Rigorous standards and training required

  • A master's or doctoral degree in the chosen subject
  • 5 years of work experience in that field
  • Knowledge of current industry trends

After submitting transcripts, required licensures and application materials, candidates are interviewed by phone to determine whether they're a good fit for the University.

Those who pass the phone interview must complete a 4 week certification program focused on:

  • Week 1 - Adult learning and facilitation
  • Week 2 - Classroom management
  • Week 3 - Grading/evaluation
  • Week 4 - Policies and procedures

After orientation, applicants get to teach a class with a mentor teacher, who helps:

  • Prepare course materials
  • Set up the class grade book
  • Provide feedback on discussion posts
  • Submit final grades

Only candidates who successfully complete every step of the application process are offered a teaching position.