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To become a teacher in Arizona, applicants need to become certified by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). 

Certification Changes 2016-2017

August, 2016 Several significant Certification rule changes are now in effect due to the passage of SB 1208 and amended Arizona Board of Education rules to align with the revised statutes. The changes to Certification rules and requirements include renewal requirements, SEI, reciprocity and out-of-state exam information and are outlined on this webpage.

NCLB TO ESSA – No Child Left Behind to Every Student Succeeds Act 

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) did not retain the language from No Child Left Behind (NCLB) which outlined the qualifications for Arizona's core academic teachers using the definition of "Highly Qualified".  Per ESSA, local education agencies receiving Title I funds must ensure all teachers meet "applicable State certification and licensure requirements."  ADE has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to address changes that will occur during the 2016-2017 transition year related to the previous teacher qualification requirements.

Contact the ADE’s Effective Teachers and Leaders Unit with additional questions at 602-364-1842.

CAUTION!  Some of the certification information posted on the ADE website as of November 1, 2016 does not reflect these recent changes in state and federal law. Contact ADE via email or call 602-542-4367


NCLB “Highly Qualified” Requirements
SEI Endorsement Requirement
ADE Teacher Certification Requirements



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