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Highly Qualified and Certification FAQ


Q:  In a Reduction in Force (RIF) can I be transferred to a position which I am not Highly Qualified (HQ) to teach?
A:  In a RIF situation teachers may be transferred to positions they are not qualified to teach.  These transfers may be voluntary or involuntary.  Check your school board policies or your negotiated agreement to determine these procedures.

Q:  What is "Appropriate Certification?"
A:  Certification is a state requirement.  A teacher must be appropriately certified in their subject area.  Read clarification about Appropriate Teaching, Out-of-Field Teaching, and HQ.

Q:  How can I become "Highly Qualified?"
A:  Highly Qualified is a federal requirement under NCLB.  Read clarification about Appropriate Teaching, Out-of-Field Teaching, and HQ.  You are highly qualified when you hold a bachelor's degree and an Arizona certificate AND:

Q:  Can I still use the AZ HOUSSE Rubric to become HQ?
A:  The AZ HOUSSE Rubric was used to assist teachers in becoming highly qualified prior to the 2007-08 school year.  The AZ HOUSSE Rubric assisted teachers in becoming highly qualified in the subject area they were teaching at the time they completed the HOUSSE Rubric.

Q:  What is "Out-of-Field Teaching?"
A:  The term "out-of-field" teacher means a teacher who is teaching an academic subject or a grade level for which the teacher is not highly qualified.  Teachers who are not RIFFED could fall into this category because of a transfer.  Read clarification about Appropriate Teaching, Out-of-Field Teaching, and HQ.

Q:  Where can I find information about the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA)?
A:  Taking and passing the AEPA is the quickest way to become highly qualified.  The AEPA is administered 6 times per year.  There are 34 AEPA subject area tests.  The fee for taking a subject area AEPA is $105.  Visit the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Web site for AEPA at www.aepa.nesinc.com.

Q:  Is there assistance available if I am not Highly Qualified?
A:  If you are assigned to teach a subject area you are not highly qualified to teach, request a meeting with your principal to complete an HQ Individual Teacher Plan.  Title I and Title II funds may be used to assist teachers in becoming highly qualified as part of professional development.  These funds will reimburse the teacher for AEPA fees after you have passed the test.  For more information, view the Individual Teacher Plan from the ADE Web site.

Q:  Is it true all teachers in a Title I school must be Highly Qualified?
A:  Effective the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, all teachers of core academic subjects including special education, in a Title I school must be highly qualified.  No emergency teaching certificate will be issued to a teacher of a core academic subject, including special education, in a Title I school effective July 1, 2009.


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