Arizona - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Licensure Policy

Area: 
Educator Licensure Policy
Policy Type: 
Rule
Summary: 

In order to become a certified teacher in Arizona, an applicant must hold a bachelor's degree, prove professional knowledge, and complete immersion coursework and training.

Body: 

-Only those degrees awarded by an accredited institution shall be considered to satisfy the requirements for certification.
-Professional preparation programs, courses, practica, and examinations required for certification shall be taken at an accredited institution or a Board-approved teacher preparation program.
-Only those courses in which the applicant received a passing grade or credit shall be considered to satisfy the requirements for certification.
-The Board shall issue a comparable Arizona certificate and shall waive the requirements for passing the comparable professional knowledge, subject knowledge, and performance portions of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment, to an applicant who holds current
comparable certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
-Teachers in grades seven through 12 whose primary assignment is in an academic subject shall demonstrate proficiency by passing the appropriate subject area portion of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment. The subject areas of demonstrated proficiency shall be specified on the certificate. If a proficiency assessment is not offered in a subject area, an approved area shall consist of a minimum of 24 semester hours of courses in the subject.
-If a language assessment is not offered through the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment, a passing score on a nationally accredited test of a foreign language approved by the Board may demonstrate proficiency of that foreign language in lieu of the 24 semester hours of courses in that subject.
-A teacher’s language proficiency in a Native American language shall be verified by a person, persons, or entity designated by the appropriate tribe in lieu of the 24 semester hours of courses in that subject.
-Fingerprint clearance cards shall be issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
Last Verified by NASBE: 
03/07/2016
For More Info: http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/certificate-requirement/teaching-certificate/