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Arizona Teaching Certificates

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Certificate in Elementary School Teaching

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If you want a fulfilling career where you can make a difference in the lives of children as an elementary school teacher in Arizona, this teacher education program is for you. At Alliant University, we know how important teacher preparation can be. That's why we've created this certificate program for all aspiring teachers looking to begin their career in elementary education.


Certificate in Secondary School Teaching

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This Arizona State Board of Education (ASBE)-approved program prepares you to become a secondary school teacher. Coursework is offered online, and as part of the program, you’ll fulfill a teaching internship, paired up with an experienced teacher and field supervisor, who will mentor you through assessments and guide you with individualized coaching while you learn, teach, and earn an income.


Certificate in Special Education Teaching

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Coursework for this Arizona State Board of Education (ASBE)-approved program is offered online, with interactive training and classroom simulations to prepare you to teach with confidence. As part of the program, you’ll complete an internship and get support from a university and field supervisor, who will mentor you through assessments and guide you while you learn and teach.


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Turn Your Bachelor’s Degree Into a Career in Teaching

Teaching can be a very rewarding career. As a certified teacher, you get to be the person with professional teaching standards that helps each student grow and thrive as an individual. The goal is to earn your Arizona teaching certificate and be able to teach in elementary or secondary education.

At Alliant, we offer a teacher preparation program designed for anyone who wants to become an Arizona teacher. In this education studies program, you will teach full-time while enrolled in our State Board-approved educator preparation program leading to state educator certification. You'll gain valuable teaching experience, hone your professional knowledge as an educator of a school district, and earn the proper education you need to obtain the Arizona teaching certificate and become a qualified Arizona teacher.

As a teaching certification specialist, we offer an alternative pathway to your Arizona Teaching Certification, giving you the opportunity for personal growth, academic success, and professional development achievement, enriching your life and expanding your potential. Whether you are passionate about teaching at the elementary or secondary level, we are here to provide you with the professional knowledge, skills, and experience to succeed as an Arizona educator.

Alliant specializes in preparing aspiring teachers for Arizona teacher certification with fully-online programs, small class sizes, and classroom simulations to help you get the education and teaching experience you need to become a certified teacher. All programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Education, accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), and can put you on a fast-track to your Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Teaching degree. If you are looking to earn your Arizona teacher certification, our teacher certification program is a great place to start.

We're with you at every step of your education studies, supporting you through admissions, the certification process, and succeeding in your intern placement to become a qualified Arizona teacher.

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Courses are taught online, with hands-on experience and video simulations, all leading to a rewarding teaching career in Arizona. Aspiring teachers will be able to earn their Arizona certification through our approved teacher preparation program whenever, wherever.

ASBE-Approved Curriculum

Programs are Arizona State Board of Education-approved, preparing you to pursue elementary and secondary school teacher certification in Arizona.

Learn and Earn

The alternative teaching certificate entitles the holder to enter into a teaching contract while completing the requirements for an Arizona Standard Professional Teaching certificate. You can be teaching in as little as 8–16 weeks from starting your program.

All Bachelor's Degrees Welcome

If you have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution, in any subject, you will fulfill this admissions requirement.

Classes Start Every Eight Weeks

You can enroll in this program at any point in the year; qualified applicants are accepted every eight weeks.

Fast and Focused

The program typically takes 12 months for certification, and an additional two terms for certification and master’s degree.


Frequently Asked Questions


How do you become a teacher in Arizona?

To qualify as one of the Arizona teachers, individuals need to possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited higher education institution and complete a teacher preparation program as per the standard requirements. The Arizona Department of Education mandates specific coursework that corresponds to the desired teaching specialization. Arizona follows a two-tier system wherein teachers first apply for the Initial 3-Year Provisional Certificate based on their area of focus and then progress to a 6-Year Standard Certificate after gaining sufficient teaching experience.


What is the process to become a substitute teacher in Arizona?

You need to fulfill education courses and have a bachelor's degree from a college or university that has regional accreditation. Following this, the applicant must clear a background check and apply for the substitute certificate offered by the state. With this certificate, the candidate can serve as a substitute teacher in K-12 classrooms for a maximum of 120 days during a school year.


How do I keep my Arizona teaching certificate valid?

You can start to renew your certification from six months before its expiration date to one year after it has expired. If you hold multiple valid and renewable certificates, you may renew them all at the same time. 

If a renewable certificate has been expired for more than two years but less than ten years, it may be eligible for renewal through the experienced educator option. Meanwhile, emergency certificates are granted upon request by a superintendent of a school district or charter school. An emergency substitute certificate is for temporary certified teacher absences, while an emergency teaching certificate is a contract for limited teaching duration.

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