AZ Certification Requirements and Available Licenses

Arizona Certification Requirements and Available Licenses



Early Childhood Education, Birth – Grade 3

Elementary Education, Grades K-8

Mild to Moderate Disabilities, Grades K-12

Middle Grades General Science (5-9)

Middle Grades Mathematics (5-9)

Secondary Mathematics, Grades 6-12

Secondary Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Secondary Biology, Grades 6-12

Secondary Chemistry, Grades 6-12

Secondary Earth Science, Grades 6-12

Secondary Physics, Grades 6-12

Secondary English, Grades 6-12

English as a Second Language, Grades Pk-12

Principal, Grades Pk-12

Arizona has the following general requirements for all applicants for initial teacher certification:

1. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from a Bachelor's degree or more advanced degree program at an accredited institution

2. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a teacher preparation program offered by an accredited institution.

3. BACKGROUND CHECK: Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check.

4. CONTENT AND PEDAGOGY EXAMS: Passing scores on the required Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) or equivalent exams.

5. Reciprocity with Utah for Special Education Initial Programs: Candidates in initial special education programs (BASP, BASPMM, & BASPEE) are required to obtain an initial license in Utah, then seek licensure in the state of Arizona via the reciprocity pathway.


6. SEI TRAINING: As of August 6, 2016, SEI Training is only required for educators teaching in a structured English immersion model. It is no longer required for all certified teachers or administrators. More information is available at This requirement is not fulfilled by WGU coursework. 

Arizona applicants must meet the US Constitution and AZ Constitution requirement, either through college coursework or obtaining passing scores on the AEPA US Constitution and AZ Constitution exams. Those who complete a US History and Government course as part of their WGU program can submit a course description as evidence that this course fulfills the US Constitution requirement. However, WGU coursework does not cover the AZ Constitution requirement.  (If you fulfill all other requirements for the initial certificate except the US Constitution and AZ Constitution requirement, you will be granted an extension to fulfill the requirement during the term of your initial license.) 

A full, detailed outline of the requirements for each teacher certification area is available on the Arizona Department of Education Educator Certification website.





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