AZ Educational Leadership Certification Requirements

Arizona Educational Leadership Certification Requirements

In Arizona, completion of a WGU Educational Leadership program leads to Principal, Grades Pk-12 Certificate.

Arizona has the following requirements for applicants for the Principal, Grades Pk-12 Certificate:

1. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a Master's or higher degree from an accredited university.

2. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a school principal administration program, including a practicum and at least 30 graduate semester hours of educational administration courses that meet the AZ Professional Administrative Standards, including 3 units of coursework in school law and 3 units of coursework in school finance.

3. BACKGROUND CLEARANCE: A current Arizona fingerprint clearance card.


4. EXPERIENCE: Three years of verified full-time pk-12 teaching experience.


Pass the following two exams:


1) Arizona required exam: AEPA 181, and 281: Principal Subtests I and II

If passed prior to 2/2/2014, AEPA Principal 81: Subtest I and Subtest II.

This exam is required for graduation and to be recommended for certification.


2. WGU Program Requirement:  Beginning 9/1/2018, the WGU program requirement is the Praxis 5412: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision for students in Arizona. If passed prior to 8/31/2018, the Praxis 5411: Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision satisfies the WGU Program Requirement.



6. PRACTICUM REQUIREMENT: WGU requires Educational Leadership candidates to complete a practicum in accordance with the hour requirements listed here.


Visit these links for important information:

General Information About Licensing in Arizona

General Policies Regarding External Certification Exams

Registering for Praxis Exams

Submitting Exam Scores to WGU

AZ Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions







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