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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 Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) or an equivalent PRAXIS II subject knowledge 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.
Common Certification Questions
What determines the salary range?
Salary depends on a corps member's school and grade-level assignment. The majority of placements have salaries that fall in the $28,000 - $34,000 range.
Since a car is required, does one need a transit pass?
Most corps members will require a car to get to their placement school. However, our public transportation can be used for personal use to get downtown, though it's use isn't common.
How is teaching certification structured in this state/region?
Certification can be obtained in two years through one of our partner universities.
What determines the range for upfront certification costs?
Certification type - most corps members will be in the latter part of the range due to certification requirements, especially testing. If they are already Arizona certified or certified in another state, the certification costs will be less.
Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years?
Is a master's degree required?
Arizona State University - certification and/or master's program
Rio Salado College - certification only
The New Teacher Project - certification only