Arizona Teacher Certification Renewal Requirements

Jul 02, 2020

Arizona teachers have several options when it comes to renewing their standard teaching certificate. They can start the renewal process while their certificate is still valid. Alternatively, teachers have two routes for renewing an expired standard certificate.

Arizona Teacher Certification Renewal Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Arizona (2019)* $45,600 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education);
$45,120 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education);
$50,320 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Education

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Standard Teaching Certificate Renewal Requirements

Arizona's Department of Education oversees the teacher certification process. Upon completing three years of full-time teaching, they can apply for their standard professional certificate. Standard certificates are good for twelve years and can be renewed.

Arizona teachers can begin the renewal process for their standard certificate six months before the expiration date. This certificate can also be renewed for up to one year after the expiration date. Teachers must submit the following documentation with their completed renewal application:

  • Copy of their Arizona Department of Public Safety (IVP) fingerprint card
  • Signature on page 5 of the application from a district superintendent or human resources director to confirm hours of in-service training
  • Official college transcripts only if college credits are being utilized for renewal

Professional Development Hours

Teachers are required to complete fifteen clock hours of professional development for each year of their license. It should be noted that Arizona deems one semester hour of a college course equal to fifteen clock hours of professional development.

Professional development activities must align with state standards, as well as the certificate being pursued. Training may include courses on screening and technology usage for children with reading difficulties, recognizing signs of abuse, suicide awareness and prevention, and child trafficking. Allowable professional development activities include attending professional educational conferences, obtaining certification by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, educational research done through a research facility or grant, and participating in a visitation team for an accreditation organization.

Expired Standard Teaching Certificates

Once a certificate has been expired for more than one year, teachers are required to reapply for their standard teaching certificate. They must meet all applicable conditions in effect for standard certificates at that time.

Alternatively, teachers with an expired standard certificate of at least two years, but no more than ten, can pursue the Experienced Educator route. With this route, teachers must provide written proof that they have ten years of full-time teaching. In addition, they must submit a copy of their Arizona Department of Public Safety Identity Verified Prints (IVP) fingerprint card.

Certification Resources for Arizona Teachers

Teachers with a standard license that expired more than a year ago will need to reapply for their certificate. A current requirement for a standard certificate is completing college courses or an examination on the Arizona Constitution and the United States Constitution. The below study guide may help teachers who need to reapply.

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