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To become a certified teacher in Arizona, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
Step Three: Pass required exams.
Step Four: Submit an Arizona teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: Arizona 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.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
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 include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (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.
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
An Arizona Department of Public Safety IVP fingerprint clearance card is required for all applicants, including out-of-state educators. Fingerprint Card Application: Contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (602) 223-2279 to request an Identity Verified Prints (IVP) fingerprint clearance card.
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