AZ Regular Education Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions

Arizona Regular Education Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions

To be eligible for recommendation by WGU's Licensure Office, students completing a bachelor’s degree, a post baccalaureate, or a Master of Special Education must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams.

Note: Students in the BA Special Education (BASP) program must obtain initial licensure in Utah before applying for licensure in Arizona. BASP students must follow the application instructions in the AZ BA Special Education Certification Application Information in the student handbook.

Arizona Licensure Instructions:

Step 1: Download the Arizona Application for Certification


Step 2: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. MAT students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their MAT program. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.   


Step 3: Email to request a letter of recommendation on university letterhead to include with your application packet. 

Step 4: Appropriate application fee (see application for fee schedule), payable by money order, cashier's check, or personal check made out to the Arizona Department of Education.

Step 5: Valid Fingerprint Clearance Card (card will be returned). If you do not already have a Fingerprint Clearance Card, you must request a Fingerprint Packet from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) by calling 602-223-2279. Follow the instructions provided in that packet to complete the background check process.

Step 6: If you are applying for a principal certificate, then you need to submit, as part of your application packet, the Verification of PreK-12 Teaching Experience form. This form must be completed by your district superintendent or personnel director to verify that you have three years of full-time teaching experience in grades PreK-12. 

When you have completed all requirements and have compiled all required application items, either:


Mail application and materials to:

Arizona Department of Education-Teacher Certification

PO Box 6490

Phoenix, Arizona 85005-6490


Or submit materials in person to:

Arizona Department of Education 

1535 West Jefferson Street

Phoenix, Arizona 85007



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