Arizona Teacher Certification
How to Become a Teacher in Arizona
In order to teach in Arizona, prospective teachers must seek Arizona teacher certification. In Arizona, teaching certificates are offered in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education, arts education Pre K-12 (art, drama, dramatic arts, music), and career and technical education. The initial teacher certificate is a provisional one, which is good for three years, and then renewable for another three years. After holding the provisional certificate, teachers may apply for a standard Arizona teaching certification.
- I want to be a teacher in Arizona, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Arizona’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- Graduate Certificate-Management of Education Corporation/Corporate Training Divisions
- Graduate Certificate-Education Leadership
- Graduate Certificate-Curriculum Leadership
There are several items that applicants must submit in order to pursue Arizona teaching certification. First, applicants must acquire an Arizona Identity Verified Prints Fingerprint Card, which is issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Applicants must submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university. They must also complete an application for certification and submit it with an application fee to the Arizona Department of Education.
Arizona Teacher Education Requirements
The most popular teaching certification areas are elementary education, secondary education, and special education. For all of these, the education requirements are similar. Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. One way to qualify for certification is to complete a teacher education program in their selected area from an accredited institution or a state board approved teacher preparation program. Another way to qualify for certification is to have completed 45 semester hours of education courses from an accredited institution. In the case of elementary education, 18 of those hours must be in practicum settings in grades K-8. For secondary certification, 30 semester hours of education courses must be completed, including at least 8 semester hours of practicum in grades 7-12. For special education, 45 semester hours of education courses must be completed, with 21 of them in practicum settings serving students with disabilities. A third way to obtain certification is to have a valid education certificate in the same field from another state.
Arizona’s unemployment rate has dropped to 8.7% in early 2012 yet remains above the national average of 8.5% (US Bureau of Labor Statistics). The Occupational Supply & Demand System projects 3,366 annual teaching, library and other education-related job openings in Arizona through 2018. The National Center for Education Statistics shows there were 54,696 public school and 4,220 private school teachers in Arizona in 2008 and 2007, respectively. The average teaching salary in the state is $47,553, the 3rd highest average in the nation and the average starting salary is $31,888 (NEA, 2012). The NEA also reports a shortage of foreign language, math, special education, bilingual, science and ESL teachers across Arizona. Another source of relevant information is the Arizona Education Association which provides the latest news on issues regarding education and teaching in the state of Arizona.
Arizona Teacher Testing Requirements
In addition to the testing requirements for each certification area described below, applicants must submit verification of one semester hour or fifteen clock hours of Structured English Immersion training or three semester hours or 45 clocks hours of SEI training. In addition, applicants must show that they have had college coursework or an appropriate examination in the Arizona Constitution and the United States Constitution.
For elementary education, applicants must submit a passing score on the Professional Knowledge: Elementary portion and the Subject Knowledge: Elementary portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment. Alternatively, they may submit passing scores of comparable exams from another state or agency.
For secondary education, applicants must submit a passing score on the Professional Knowledge: Secondary portion and the Subject Knowledge: Secondary portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment or another comparable exam from another state or agency.
For special education, there are several certification areas and several tests that may be taken to meet requirements. Applicants must submit passing scores on the Professional Knowledge and Subject Knowledge exams in their desired certification in special education.
Arizona Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||23,450||$42,500|
|Middle School Teachers||9,640||$42,480|
|Secondary School Teachers||21,430||$42,920|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.
Profiles of Well Known Schools
Arizona State University: Arizona State University is known for its highly regarded teacher preparation programs offered at all of the university’s locations in Phoenix, downtown Phoenix, online, and Tempe. The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College prepares educators at all levels from undergraduate to doctoral. The College’s graduate offerings in particular are typically very highly ranked in the annual edition of US News & World Report ranking publication and have made the list for 12 consecutive years. The College’s master degree offerings are known for their rigor, innovation and flexibility. They are designed for full-time working professionals who teach during the day and attend college in the evening or online. Many of the master’s degrees can be completed in as little as 18 months. Majors include Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Physical Education and Special Education.
Arizona Teacher Interview
Interview with Chyleen Lauritzen, President of the Arizona State Music Teachers Association
School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Arizona
Request free information from the following schools to learn more about your options for choosing a teacher degree program. We recommend you: Request information from one or more of these schools
- Early Childhood Education (Certification Only)
- Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
- MA in Teaching: Advanced Studies in Secondary Education- National Board Preparation
- Superintendent Letter of Eligibility (SLE)
- And more...
- M.A. in Education/Early Childhood Ed.
- M.A. in Education/Secondary Teacher Education
- B.S. in Education / Elementary Education
- A.A. in Elementary Education
- And more...
- MA in Education (Leadership in Early Childhood Education)
- BA in Early Childhood Education
- MA in Educational Leadership and Administration (Tier 1)
- MA in Education with Instructional Technology Emphasis
- And more...
- M.A. in Teaching - Professional Learning Communities (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)
- B.S. in Early Childhood
- M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)
- M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Leads to initial teacher licensure)
- And more...
- Doctor of Management - Graduate Level Instructional Practices
- Doctor of Management - Private Sector Higher Education Leadership
Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Arizona
Question: How do you become a substitute teacher in Arizona?
Answer: To become a substitute teacher in Arizona, you need to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university of college. You must also pass a background check and then apply for the state’s substitute certificate. Once you have the certificate, you can apply to individual districts. http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/files/2011/09/substitute-certificate.pdf?20121127
Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Arizona
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287
4190 W Highway 80
Douglas, AZ 85607-9724
Eastern Arizona College
615 N. Stadium Ave.
Thatcher, AZ 85552-0769
GateWay Community College
108 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Glendale Community College-Glendale
6000 W Olive Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302
Grand Canyon University
3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85017
International Academy of Hair Design-Chandler
3350 N Arizona Ave Ste 4
Chandler, AZ 85225-7198
Mesa Community College
1833 W Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85202
Mohave Community College
1971 Jagerson Ave
Kingman, AZ 86409-1238
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4132
Northland Pioneer College
2251 E. Navajo Blvd.
Holbrook, AZ 86025-0610
10020 North 25th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Pima Community College
401 North Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85709-5000
220 Grove Ave
Prescott, AZ 86301
Scottsdale Community College
9000 E Chaparral Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
2625 E Cactus Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032-7097
Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Scottsdale
7201 E. Camelback #100
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
University of Arizona
1401 E University
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066
University of Phoenix-Phoenix-Hohokam Campus
4635 East Elwood Street
Phoenix, AZ 85040-1958
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