Pursuing Certification

Becoming a certified secondary education teacher in Arizona involves a multi-step process and several unique requirements. In order to qualify for initial state certification, you’ll be required to do the following:

  • Submit an Application for Certification w/appropriate fee (Application form can be found on Arizona Department of Education website)
  • Submit valid Arizona fingerprint records (More information here)
  • Completion of a state-approved teacher preparation program (This requirement is satisfied by completing the Teach Arizona program)
  • A passing score on the following exams:
    • NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
    • Subject Knowledge Secondary Education portion of the applicable Arizona Educator Exam

More step-by-step information on certification is available here.

Please note that every state uses a different set of standards and requirements to evaluate requests for certification. If you are not an in-state student, or won’t be teaching in Arizona, you’ll likely have to follow a different process. If you are planning on teaching in a different state, completing the Arizona certification process and seeking re-certification elsewhere may be the best option. We strongly recommend that you consult all relevant laws and standards for your state to ensure that you meet necessary criteria.


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