Arizona Elementary Teacher Certification

Turn your bachelor’s degree into a teaching career in elementary school 


Multiple Subject Teaching Certification Program


If you want a fulfilling career where you can make a difference as an elementary school teacher in Arizona, this program is for you.

This Arizona State Board of Education (ASBE)-approved program prepares you to teach grades Pre-K/T-K – 8 within the state of Arizona. The coursework is offered online with extensive hands-on training and classroom simulations to ensure you are prepared to guide and educate in the classroom. 

The program includes an internship where you’ll be paired with an experienced teacher and field supervisor who will mentor you through assessments and coach you through individualized sessions while you learn, teach, and earn an income.


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Degree Highlights


Learn and Earn

This program offers all of the benefits of online coursework while you get the experience and income of teaching in the classroom while you complete the program.


Graduate-level Program, Master’s Degree Option

Not only is this a graduate-level program, you can also earn your master’s degree—a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Teaching—with only three additional courses.


Earn Your Certification in Just 12 Months

This program is designed with a time to completion of 12 months for your certification, and a total of 16.5 months for your certification and master’s degree.


Get Your Certification in 12 Months, Your Master’s in 4 More

This program is designed with a time to completion of 12 months for your certification, and a total of 16.5 months for your certification and concurrent master’s degree.


Professional Development

Alliant is committed to being your partner through your teacher-preparation education, as you formally enter the teaching profession, and as you continue to grow in your career. Our no cost In-Service Academy (ISA) will support your ongoing professional development for two years after completing your program.


Classes Starting Every 8 Weeks

You can enroll in this program at any point in the year. Qualified applicants will continue to be accepted into the program every 8 weeks.

“In my experience with Alliant it was very clear from the start that there was a commitment to education being the great equalizer—and so, I feel like I got tools through my learning that are allowing me to become a better teacher and reach out to everyone in my classrooms.”
Evelyn Serrano
CSOE Alumna

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will this program prepare me to become a teacher?

    This program gives you an alternative pathway to teacher certification on an intern teaching certificate. The program is for those who already have a bachelor’s degree in any field and want to become licensed to teach grades Pre-K/T-K – 8.

    In the program you’ll explore best practices in pedagogy, while gaining the skills, knowledge, and disposition that are crucial to confidently entering the profession through:  

    • InTASC-aligned competencies
    • Support through a consortium of partners that include public, charter and private schools and other related organizations, non-profits, and agencies
    • Research- and evidence-based training to meet the needs of all learners
    • Development of skills to make a lasting impact
  • What is the career outlook for graduates of this program?

    The career prospects for upcoming Arizona teachers is strong, because the nation’s population continues to rise at a relatively steady rate. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the growth percentages are 8% for high school education, 8% for middle school education, and 7% for elementary education, which represents a job pool of over 3,000,000 positions in the U.S. today, and another 200,000 added between now and 2026.

  • Does completion of this program prepare me for certification as a teacher?

    Yes, you will graduate prepared to receive your certification. For a full list of state certification requirements, visit our Arizona Certification Requirements page.

  • When does the Arizona Teacher Certification program begin?

    The Arizona Teacher Certification program runs on eight-week terms and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods.

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available?

    There are a variety of private and public scholarships to help you meet the cost of your education, and AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    The Arizona Elementary Teacher Certification is a 30-credit program by itself, and a 39-credit program when obtained concurrently with the MAE in Teaching. This program can be completed in one year for just the certification, and in 16.5 months with the concurrent MAE in Teaching.

  • Why would I want or need a Masters of Arts in Education (MAE) in Teaching?

    A larger breadth and depth of knowledge, increased pay, and a wider range of career-advancement opportunities are some reasons to pursue a MAE in Teaching. On average, the BLS estimates that an educator’s pay increases by 10% above their baseline salary when in possession of an MAE in Teaching. For Arizona teachers, this means an average increase of $4,000 to $5,000 per year.

    Additionally, the career-advancement options for Arizona educators with an MAE are greater than they are for those who do not possess this degree. Per the BLS, for those with a master’s degree, career options expand to include becoming a counselor, librarian, materials creator, or even entering a classroom at a higher educational level. And while many of the advancement opportunities for elementary educators have different responsibilities and pathways, the MAE is foundational for success in these advanced careers.

  • How is this alternative pathway to a teaching certification different?

    Arizona offers a variety of pathways to teaching certification; in order to qualify for this alternative pathway to a teaching certification, you must:

    • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree

    • Enroll in an Arizona State Board-approved teacher preparation program

    • Complete three semester hours or 45 hours of state-approved Structured English Immersion training for either the provisional or full SEI endorsement

    You also must pass an Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment in your chosen subject area and possess a verification letter from your education preparation program. Once you have met the above qualifications and have graduated from the teacher preparation program, your certification will be valid for two years, and may be extended yearly for no more than two consecutive years.

    Two additional requirements may be completed within one to three years of completing your certification in order to maintain its validity:

    • A college course or the appropriate examination covering the provisions and principles of the Arizona Constitution
    • A college course or the appropriate examination covering the provisions and principles of the U.S. Constitution

    This alternative pathway allows for potential and future Arizona teachers to minimize the work required to turn their existing bachelor’s or higher degree into a teaching certification so that they can begin their teaching career as soon as they possibly can.

    Explore the various pathways by visiting the Arizona Department of Education’s Educator Certification webpage.

  • Is this program taught online, on-campus, or both?

    All coursework for the Arizona Elementary Teacher Certification program can be completed online, on your time, allowing you to fit your education to your schedule.


Degree Campus Locations

Alliant has six campuses throughout the state of California; the Arizona Elementary Teaching Certification Program is only offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below. We offer bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, PhDs and more.


Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge in order to improve the lives of people in diverse communities around the world. 


Secondary Teacher Certification

We believe that education is the great equalizer, and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals. We also offer an Arizona Secondary Teacher Certification program.


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