Basic Steps for Initial Arizona Teacher Certification:
Initial certification for secondary educators in Arizona lasts two years and is nonrenewable although it can be extended for two more years. You must hold a bachelor's degree, complete a teacher preparation program or have 30 hours of education courses including eight practicum hours, pass the Professional and Subject Knowledge Secondary portions of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment(AEPA), and pass a background check. If your subject area is not tested, you need 24 hours of subject related courses. You must complete Structured English Immersion (SEI) training and courses on the Arizona and US Constitutions.
Information for Teachers Certified Elsewhere:
If you are certified elsewhere and move to Arizona, you will be issued a two-year provisional certificate. You must have passed a comparable Professional Knowledge and Subject Area Secondary exam from another state. If this was taken more than seven years ago you must also show five years of full-time teaching experience. However, if you are National Board Certified, this will replace the two exam qualifications. You must complete three semester hours in Structured English Immersion (SEI) training. You must also complete courses on the Arizona and US Constitutions though you have one year to fulfill this requirement.
Information for the Standard Secondary Certificate:
To continue to teach in the state of Arizona after the initial period of certification, you must meet the requirements for the Standard Secondary Certificate. This requires that you hold the Provisional Certificate for two years, you passed the performance portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment. At this time, the performance portion has not been developed so currently verification of two years of full-time teaching replaces this requirement. Verification of the Structured English Immersion (SEI) training must be included along with a photocopy of the fingerprint clearance card.
Teaching Position Outlook for Arizona:
As with many states across the nation, Arizona has critical shortages in many subjects. Their greatest shortages exist in math, science, and ESL. They are implementing unique solutions including creating Adjunct Teachers who will only be expected to teach 10-15 hours a week and are pulled from the noneducational work force. The average teacher salary is over $44,672 a year and a beginning teacher makes over $28,844.
Additional Information for Arizona Teacher Certification:
Want more information? Visit the Arizona Department of Education.