Early College Teacher Academy

The Early College Teacher Academy (ECtA) is a unique opportunity for Mesa Public School students from Dobson, Mesa, and Westwood high schools to begin their college experience and pursue a degree in elementary or secondary education. Students complete concurrent and dual enrollment courses during their sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school making progress to complete an associate's degree one year after high school graduation.

Early College Academy Application

Priorty DEADLINE to submit application
March 10, 2023

Each applicant must request a recommendation for the ECA program from one of their current teachers.

Students will be informed of their status following the application deadline. There will be additional documents collected from students following their acceptance into the program.

Based on the ECtA tuition model and current grant and scholarship opportunities, it is possible for students to complete the full bachelor's degree for less than $5,000.

  • Eligible high school students may apply for Maricopa Grant funding. ECtA students that are not eligible for the Maricopa Grant pay a reducted tuition rate of $35 per credit for the concurrent enrollment courses.
  • Students may be eligible for the President's Honors Scholarship when they graduate from high school.
  • Following community college graduation, these future teachers will continue on to ASU, NAU, or UofA to pursue the bachelor's degree and have access to apply for the AZ Teacher Academy Scholarship.

College Classes and High School Credit

Transportation is provided to and from the high school and students complete concurrent enrollment college courses periods 1-2 of the high school day. The college class will count toward both high school and college requirements.

Future Elementary Teachers: ASU, NAU or UofA Transfer

Dual enrollment courses completed for college credit on the high school campus (pending availability):

High School Class College Course Options
MA43: College Mathematics MAT142: College Mathematics

or MAT152

or higher

MA42: College Algebra MAT152: College Algebra or MAT142
SC45: Honors Biology BIO100: Biology Concepts -
FS53: Teacher Training Program EDU221: Introduction to Education -
FS54: Student Teacher Experience EDU282AC: Service Learning Experience in Education -

Concurrent enrollment college courses completed on the college campus during the high school day:

Grade 10 Sophomores
Semester College Course Completed on the College Campus College Credits High School Class High School Credits
Fall EDU115: Digital Literacy for teaching and Learning in Education 3.0 Elective or Fine Arts 0.5
Fall EDU292: The Art of Storytelling 3.0 Elective 0.5
Spring ARH100: Introduction to Art 3.0 Elective or Fine Arts 0.5
Spring EDU230: Cultural Diversity in Education 3.0 Elective 0.5
Grade 11 Juniors
Semester College Course Completed on the College Campus College Credits High School Class High School Credits
Fall ENG101/101LL: First-Year Composition and Lab 4.0 Junior English 1.0
Spring HIS103: U.S. History to 1865 3.0 American History 0.5
Spring HIS104: U.S. History 1865 to Present 3.0 American History 0.5
Summer Rising Grade 12 FYE101: First-Year Experience 1.0 - -
Grade 12 Seniors
Semester College Course Completed on the College Campus College Credits High School Class High School Credits
Fall ENG102: First-Year COmposition 3.0 Senior English 0.5
Fall EDU291: Children's Literature 3.0 Senior English 0.5
Spring GPH113: Introduction to Physical Geography 4.0 Physical Science Lab 1.0
Grade 13 MCC
Remaining Degree Requirements:
COM225: Public Speaking
MAT256: Investigating Quantity: Number, Operations and Numertion Systems
MAT257: Investigating Geometry, Probability and Statistics
EDU222: Introduction to the Exceptional Learner
EDU220: Introduction to Serving English Lanuage Learners (ELLs)

Future Secondary Teachers

Dual enrollment courses completed for college credit on the high school campus (pending availability):

High School Class College Course Options Future Secondary Mathematics Teacher Future Secondary Biology Teacher Future Secondary Chemsitry Teacher Future Secondary Physics Teacher
MA50: AP Calculus AB MAT221: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I - x x x x
MA51: AP Calculus BC MAT231: Calculus with Analytic Geometry II - x x x x
SC45: Honors Biology BIO100: Introduction to Biology or CHM130 or Lab Science x
SC72: Honors Chemistry CHM130: Fundamenal Chemistry or BIO100 or Lab Science x
FS53: Teacher Training Program EDU221: Introduction to Education - x
SC76: AP Biology BIO181: General Biology (Majors) I - x x
SC77: AP Chemistry CHM151/151LL: General Chemistry I - x x

Concurrent enrollment college courses completed on the college campus during the high school day:

The courses listed below are for secondary mathematics teachers. Students will work with the Education Studies Advisor to verify the ECtA concurrent course enrollments to pursue other discipline-specific courses for secondary education degrees.

Grade 10 Sophomore
Semester College Course Completed on the College Campus College Credits High School Class High School Credits
Fall CIS105: Survey of Computer Information Systems 3.0 Elecive or Fine Arts 1.0
Fall FYE101: First-Year Experience 1.0 - -
Spring SOC101: Introduction to Sociology 3.0 Elective 0.5
Spring EDU230: Cultural Diversity in Education 3.0 Elective 0.5
Grade 11 Junior
Semester College Course Completed on the College Campus College Credits High School Class High School Credits
Fall ENG101/101LL: First-Year Composition and Lab 4.0 Junior English 1.0
Spring HIS103: U.S. History to 1865 3.0 American History 0.5
Spring HIS104: U.S. History 1865 to Present 3.0 American History 0.5
Grade 12 Senior
Semester College Course Completed on the College Campus College Credits High School Class High School Credits
Fall ENG102: First-Year COmposition 3.0 Senior English 0.5
Fall EDU291: Children's Literature 3.0 Senior English 0.5
Spring GPH113: Introduction to Physical Geography 4.0 Physical Science Lab 1.0
Grade 13 MCC
Remaining Degree Requirements:
COM225: Public Speaking
EDU222: Introduction to the Exceptional Learner
EDU220: Introduction to Serving English Lanuage Learners (ELLs)
MAT227: Discrete Mathematical Structures
MAT276: Modern Differential Equations
MAT241: Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
POS221: Arizona Constitution