Teacher Certification Renewal in Arizona

Teacher certification renewal is an essential method by which educational agencies and institutions can ensure that their educators are maintaining the standards that have been set. Continuing education and application requirements for certificate renewal in Arizona are outlined below. Schools offering Early Childhood Education degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Renew Teacher Certification in Arizona

The standard teaching certificate for the state of Arizona is valid for 12 years and must be renewed in order for an educator to keep teaching. The general requirements for renewal include a completed application, proof of professional development, and a valid fingerprint clearance card. Other types of certificates will have varying periods of validity as well as different requirements for their renewal.

Certification Renewal Period 12 years (standard certificate)
CEU Credits Required for Renewal 15 clock hours per year
Average Salary (2018)* $44,670 (kindergarten teachers in AZ)
$44,430 (elementary school teachers in AZ)
$43,560 (middle school teachers in AZ)
$48,610 (secondary school teachers in AZ)
Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026)* 7% (elementary school teachers); 8% (kindergarten, middle and high school teachers)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Arizona Teacher Professional Development Requirements

In order to renew their standard certificate, an educator must have completed 15 hours of professional development per year in which the certificate was held. Professional development activities that count towards this requirement must cover topics related to Arizona academic and educator standards or be used to pursue another endorsement or certificate. Acceptable activities include academic courses, school-sponsored training geared towards professional development, business internships, leadership activities, and educational research. Acceptable topics of study might also cover:

  • College and career readiness
  • Intervention strategies for students with reading impairments
  • Child abuse and human trafficking
  • Suicide awareness

Completion of this professional development training will either need to be verified by the school district offering in-service training or by the presentation of documents, such as college transcripts.

Teachers who hold licenses in another field, such as social work or counseling, only have to show proof that they have maintained this license in order to renew their teaching certificates. Professional development hours are not required.

Fingerprint Clearance Card

It is mandatory for all educators present in a school environment to pass a background clearance and maintain a valid Identity Verified Prints (IVP) fingerprint clearance card. This card is required in order to renew any teaching certificate, so if it is not valid, an educator will need to apply to have it renewed first before applying for certificate renewal.

Application Process

An educator whose teacher certificate is within six months of expiration or has been expired for a year can undertake the renewal process. (If a certificate has been expired for more than a year, the educator will need to re-apply for certification.)

It should be noted that a section of the application form contains questions regarding any criminal investigations or disciplinary actions an educator may have undergone before the renewal process. If the answer to any of these questions is ''Yes'', then the educator must also complete an Explanation of Incident Form.

These and other required renewal documents must be accompanied by an application fee of $20. The fee may be paid online or by way of a check or money order. Online payments are made through the ADE educator online portal and there is an additional $2.00 convenience fee.

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