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: 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.