Certified Staff Resources
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ADE Teacher Certification
To certify qualified persons as education professionals who provide high quality education and to protect the safety and welfare of Arizona's students.
ADE Program Description
The Certification subprogram consistently and accurately enforces the State Board of Education rules and regulations and state statutes governing the certification of professional educators in the state.
Certificate Renewal: Arizona Department of Education
Visit the ADE Educator Certification website for information, downloadable forms and certification requirements or vist them at:
Arizona Department of Education
1535 W. Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Evaluator Contact Number:
P.O. Box 6490, Phoenix AZ 85005-6490
Walk-in, same day services include:
- Name Changes
- Duplicate Certificate
- Removal of Deficiencies
- Substitute Certificates
- Institutional Recommendations
- Extensions & Conversions of Provisional Certificates
Certificate Renewal: AEPA Test Information
There are two parts to the AEPA (Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment):
- Professional Knowledge - Depending on the type of certificate to be obtained determines which part of the professional knowledge exam should be taken, either elementary or secondary.
- Subject Knowledge - Depending on which type of certificate will be obtained determines which part of the subject knowledge test should be taken, either elementary or secondary. Test dates and registration can be accessed online.
- Important Note: If you have been issued a reciprocal provisional certificate, the professional knowledge test may be waived if you have three years teaching experience. The subject knowledge test may be waived if you hold a Masters degree in the area you are teaching. This only applies to those who have been issued a certificate under reciprocity from another state.
Certificate Renewal: Arizona & US Constitution Deficiencies
Here are some options for meeting the requirements for the Arizona and / or U.S. Constitution deficiencies:
- Rio Salado College (480) 517-8150 - Online courses available
- ASU West Testing Services offers information on national and state qualifying examinations. Regularly scheduled exams at ASU West include CLEP, MAT, US and AZ Constitution tests.
- Study Guides are available for both tests at the ASU / ASU West Bookstores.
Certificate Renewal: Fingerprint Information
All certified staff must have a valid fingerprint card. If you do not have a fingerprint card or if your card has expired, you need to contact Human Resources to schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted. You can schedule an appointment by calling (602) 243-4800. Fingerprinting is done Monday-Thursday from 7:30am to 9:30am and 2:30pm to 4:00pm and Friday 7:30am to 9:30am. If you have previously been issued a fingerprint clearance card and need a replacement card, contact the Department of Public Safety at (602) 223-2279.
Reciprocal Provisional Certificate
Teachers who hold a valid certificate from another state may be issued a certificate for one year in Arizona under reciprocity. The professional knowledge portion of the AEPA test may be waived with three years prior teaching experience to those who hold this certificate. Also, those who have a Masters degree or higher in the area they are teaching may waive the subject knowledge portion of the AEPA test. All deficiencies must be met before any other certificates will be issued. Information pertaining to the AEPA tests can be found online. Study guides for the AEPA tests are available in the Human Resources Department.
Provisional teaching certificates are issued for two years and are converted to a six-year standard certificate, based on two years of teaching experience. Professional development hours are not required to convert this certificate; however, the phonics requirement must be met. A conversion form must be completed and submitted to Human Resources to verify two years of teaching experience (this process cannot begin until 60 days prior to the expiration date of the certificate). If two years of teaching has not been completed by the expiration of the provisional certificate, a one-time extension may be issued to complete the minimum teaching experience requirement. Conversion forms are available to download.
A standard teaching certificate is issued for six years and is renewable based on 180 hours of professional development. These hours may be combined between professional development classes / courses and college / university credit hours. Each college / university credit is equivalent to 15 professional development hours. Professional development and / or college / university credit hours must have been taken during the valid dates of the certificate. Human Resources must verify professional development hours for recertification. Renewal forms for this certificate are available in the Human Resources office or available online.
Information, application forms and requirements regarding endorsements is available online.
Professional Development log is available to download from General HR Forms
Teacher Loan Forgiveness
The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, individuals who teach full time for five consecutive, complete academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families and meet other qualifications may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 in principal and interest on their FFEL and/or Direct Loan program loans. (Note: As of August 14, 2008, an otherwise eligible borrower may qualify for forgiveness if the borrower has provided qualifying teaching services at one or more locations that are operated by an educational service agency.)
Download the Loan Forgiveness Application