The Arizona Department of Education is responsible for issuing teaching certificates to potential teachers in the state. If you have not attended a college or university teacher preparation program, you will need to apply for a Teaching Intern Certificate.
In order to be eligible for a Teaching Intern Certificate, you must be enrolled in an Arizona State Board approved teacher preparation program or an Arizona State Board authorized alternative teacher certification program. You must also apply for an Arizona Department of Public Safety Identity Verified Prints fingerprint clearance card.
Arizona Teaching Application
Getting started on the Arizona Teaching Application begins with the following.
Enroll in ACP
Enroll in an Arizona State Board approved alternative teacher certification program in the appropriate certificate area. The program will work with you to ensure your teaching intern certificate application is complete.
Submit All Your Documents
Complete Teaching Intern Certificate Application
Check or money order to ADE for $120 for your Teaching Intern Certificate
Copy of your valid Fingerprint Clearance Card (IVP)
Official college transcript documenting Bachelor’s or more advanced degree from accredited institution
Letter from Arizona Teachers of Tomorrow that you are enrolled in the program – signed by the Arizona Teachers official
The ADE Teacher Certification Unit will review your application and determine if you meet the requirements. The teaching intern certificate will allow you to enter into a teaching contract while completing the requirements for an Arizona Standard Professional Teaching Certificate.
Your Teaching Intern Certificate is valid for two years and may be extended for a maximum of two additional years. To apply for an extension you must submit an application (no fee this time), show your IVP fingerprint card, have a letter that says you completed your board approved alternative educator preparation program coursework with a transcript of those courses and documentation of completing the US and AZ constitution requirement.
A Standard Professional Teaching Certificate is good for 12 years and is renewable. In order to qualify for an Arizona Standard Professional Teaching Certificate, you must have the following:
Qualify and hold a valid Arizona Intern Certificate
A recommendation letter verifying successful completion of an Arizona State Board approved alternative certification program
A copy of your IVP finger print card
A passing score on the applicable NES/AEPA Subject Knowledge Exam
A passing score on the applicable NES/AEPA Professional Knowledge Exam
Official transcript or score report showing successful completion of the Arizona Constitution and U.S. Constitution requirements
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Should a candidates’s enrollment in the Florida Teachers program be terminated or cancelled for any reason, all refunds will be made according to the following policies:
Cancellation can be made in person, by electronic mail, by Certified Mail or by termination.
All monies will be refunded if the Program does not accept the applicant or if the student cancels within three (3) business days after signing the admission agreement and making an initial payment.
Cancellation after the third (3rd) Business Day, but before the first day teaching, results in a refund of all monies paid to the Program, with the exception of the initial program admission fee ($295).
Cancellation after employment begins as a teacher of record will result in a termination in the collection of monthly payments. All monthly Program payments collected prior to cancellation are non-refundable.
Refunds will be made within 30 days of termination of candidates’ enrollment or receipt of Cancellation Notice from candidate.
The Arizona Teachers Alternative Certification Program provides educator preparation consisting of:
Comprehensive training coursework
Ongoing personal support from Program Advisors
The benefit of our relationships with Arizona school districts, charter and private schools
A Personalized Education Plan to track your progress toward certification
Documentation, resources and support for a job search as an educator
Excellent in-classroom support from experienced educators
Arizona Teachers Admission Process
Arizona Teachers requires all candidates pursuing admission to the program to provide evidence of the following:
Minimum of a 2.5 GPA
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution
Official transcripts with date conferred
A completed application
An interview with a representative of Arizona Teachers
Successfully passing the Arizona Teachers’ online screening instrument
Proof of submission for fingerprinting through the Arizona Department of Public Safety to receive an Arizona IVP fingerprint card
Program Pricing Details
The total cost of the program is $4,295, and over 93% of the costs are deferred until you begin teaching.
Pay only $295 for full access to teacher training, expert guidance, and everything you need to be successful in the classroom.
The deferred balance only becomes payable once you are hired as a full-time teacher, and typically in equal monthly installments over your first year teaching.
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