In order to teach in Arizona, corps members must be able to obtain a valid Interim Certificate. To that end, corps members must:
- Pass a background check and obtain a fingerprint clearance card
- Take and pass the National Evaluation Series (NES) subject exam
- Complete 45 training hours or three course credit hours of a Structured English Immersion program (SEI)
- Enroll in a teacher preparation program
Most corps members teach with the state's Intern Certificate for two years and then, provided they have fulfilled all coursework and testing requirements, receive the state's Provisional Certificate. Through our partnerships with Arizona State University, Rio Salado College, and The New Teacher Project, the majority of Phoenix corps members end their commitment as a certified Arizona teacher, with many completing their master's degree in education.
Arizona does have reciprocity with many states for corps members who are already certified to teach in another state. If you already have a certificate, the Phoenix team will help you through the reciprocity process.