How to Become a PE Teacher in Arizona

If you are interested in teaching physical education, you will need to earn a bachelor's degree. Arizona requires that all physical education teaching candidates pass two certification examinations.

As a physical education teacher, you will be responsible for working with students outside of the classroom. You will expose students to physical activities like kickball, softball, baseball, or basketball. In Arizona, you will be able to teach students from preschool through twelfth grade after becoming certified.

Arizona Physical Education Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Arizona (2016)* $42,730 (Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education);
$42,830 (Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education);
$48,020 (Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Physical Education
Testing Requirements NES: Assessment of Professional Knowledge (NT051 or NT052);
NES: Physical Education (NT506)

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

Step 1: Complete Educational Requirements

If you are interested in teaching physical education in Arizona, one route to teacher certification is to complete a bachelor's degree as part of an approved teacher preparation program. You can complete a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. As part of your undergraduate training, you will complete a student teaching assignment. Relevant coursework may include the content progressions in physical education, evaluation and assessment in physical education, and applied movement analysis and motor learning.

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Step 2: Satisfy Certification Requirements

Once you complete your bachelor's degree, you will need to take a professional knowledge test and a subject-specific test.

Since your certification will be for P-12, you will have the choice of two National Evaluation Series (NES) tests to meet the professional knowledge requirement:

  • Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary (NT051): This test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions, one work product written question, and one case study written question. You will need a score of 220 to pass.
  • Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary (NT052): This test contains the same type of questions as the elementary assessment. You will also need a score of 220 to pass.

You will then need to pass a subject-specific examination for physical education. The NES: Physical Education (NT506) examination is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions and requires a passing score of 220.

After you pass your certification examinations, you will need to receive a clear background check from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. You will need to submit an Identity Verified Prints (IVP) fingerprint card. You can complete it through an agency called Fieldprint. You can also request a paper application from the Department and visit your local law enforcement agency to be fingerprinted.

Step 3: Obtain Teaching Credentials

After fulfilling all of the above requirements, you will be able to apply for your standard professional secondary teaching certificate. This certificate is valid for twelve years and can be renewed. You will be certified to teach P-12 students in physical education.

Within the first three years of full-time teaching, Arizona requires that you complete coursework or an examination on the state Constitution and the United States Constitution.

Certification Resources for Arizona Physical Education Teachers


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