Arizona Teacher Certification Requirements

The nation is in the midst of a teacher shortage crisis and Alliant sees a societal imperative to ensure that every child has the opportunity to get a quality education. We believe that education is the great equalizer, and that every classroom should have a qualified teacher at the helm—regardless of the zip code.

To this end, Alliant International University is preparing to implement our established expertise in teacher preparedness as a model to increase the number of qualified, well-prepared teachers who will be able to take the helm at classrooms in various states across the country.

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The State of Arizona requires the following as means of licensure to teach in Arizona:

  • Completion of a teacher preparation program in Elementary Education from a Board-approved educator preparation program or from an accredited institution offering substantially similar training
  • 12 weeks of student teaching
  • Pass the National Evaluation Series exam or the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments exam, or a similar out-of-state exam, or have National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, or 3 years teaching experience


Each of the following items requires 3 semester hours, or 45 clock hours of experience:

  • Teaching phonics
  • Instructional strategies for delivering differentiated reading instruction, assessment, intervention, and remediation to support readers of varying ages and ability levels—including students with dyslexia
  • Developmentally appropriate instructional delivery, facilitation, and methodologies for teaching language, math, science, social studies, and the arts
  • Instructional design and lesson planning experience
  • Knowledge of the learning environment including classroom management, assessment monitoring, and reporting progress
  • Experience with teaching students with exceptionalities
  • Understanding of professional responsibilities and ethical conduct
  • And all AZ teachers must also have a course in the Arizona Constitution and U.S. Constitution, as well as 3 semester hours in each of the following: phonics, dyslexia, and ethics (applicants that do not meet this requirement have 3 years to do so)


For more information regarding specific teacher certifications in Arizona, visit:

If you are looking for more general information about becoming a teacher in Arizona, visit their state Department of Education website at:

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