Become a Teacher in Arizona

Arizona Highlights

Avg. Elementary Teacher Salary: $44,220 
Avg. Secondary Teacher Salary: $48,050
Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/09/2018

This page is sponsored by our partner Rossier Online, a master level teaching degree program delivered online that enables you to earn a Master’s degree and teaching credential. Learn more about how the University of Southern California can help you become a transformative teacher in Arizona.

To become a certified teacher in Arizona, you will need to fulfill these requirements:

  • Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
  • Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
  • Step Three: Pass required exams.
  • Step Four: Submit an Arizona teaching credential application.

Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating with new information on a regular basis.

Step One: Arizona Prerequisite Coursework

All states require that certified teachers at a minimum have a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Arizona, however, does not have any undergraduate credit hour requirements.

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Master’s Requirements

Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.

The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.

Learn more about getting your MAT online with our partner USC Rossier School of Education.

Step Two: Arizona Teacher Preparation

Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often include instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (the art and science of teaching), and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching, and an internship.

While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For scholarships specific to the State of Arizona visit our Arizona Teacher Scholarships page.

Alternative Certification

Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose Bachelor’s degree was not in education, and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Learn more about obtaining your Alternative Certification in Arizona!

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Step Three: Arizona Required Tests

The Arizona State Department of Education requires that all teacher certification applicants complete and pass tests on both subject knowledge and professional knowledge. The required Arizona State exams are the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) and the National Evaluation Series (NES).

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Step Four: Arizona Application Requirements

Teaching candidates must submit the following requirements in order to be considered a certified teacher by the state of Arizona:

  • Completed application
  • Non-refundable fee made out to the Arizona Department of Education
  • Background check
  • An Arizona Department of Public Safety IVP fingerprint clearance card is required for all applicants, including out-of-state educators. Fingerprint Card Application: Contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (602) 223-2279 to request an Identity Verified Prints (IVP) fingerprint clearance card.
  • Completion of accredited teacher preparation program or 45 hours of education courses at an accredited institution -OR- proof of two years teaching experience -OR- a valid teaching certificate from another state
  • Passing grade on required state tests, both general and subject specific
  • Completion (or equivalent) of two courses: Arizona Constitution and U.S. Constitution

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Arizona Certification Reciprocity

Arizona will accept some teaching credentials from all but the following states: Alaska, Connecticut. Contact the Arizona Department of Education to inquire about your specific situation. Please see our interstate reciprocity disclaimer for more information.

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Arizona Teacher Salary

  • Average Elementary Teacher Salary: $41,940
  • Average Secondary Teacher Salary: $48,050
  • Number of Vacation Weeks Per Year: 15 weeks of vacation per year

Teacher salaries were provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: May 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics report.

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