Teaching candidates must submit the following requirements in order to be considered a certified teacher by the state of Arizona:
Non-refundable fee made out to the Arizona Department of Education
Valid fingerprint clearance and background check
Completion of accredited teacher preparation program or 45 hours of education courses at an accredited institution -OR- proof of two years teaching experience -OR- a valid teaching certificate from another state
Passing grade on required state tests, both general and subject specific
Completion (or equivalent) of two courses: Arizona Constitution and U.S. Constitution
Arizona Teacher Prerequisite Coursework
All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Arizona, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.
Arizona Teacher Preparation
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.
While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For scholarships specific to the State of Arizona visit our Arizona Teacher Scholarships page.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Click here for more information about obtaining your alternative certification in Arizona!
Arizona Required Tests
The Arizona State Department of Education requires that all teacher certification applicants complete and pass tests on both subject knowledge and professional knowledge. The required Arizona State exams are the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) and the National Evaluation Series (NES).
Read more: http://certificationmap.com/states/arizona-teacher-certification/.