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The Arizona Department of Education, Certification Unit assists educators in meeting the requirements for certification.

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Office Closures

In observance of Presidents’ Day, our office will be closed Monday, February 15th.  We will resume normal business hours Tuesday, February 16th from 8:30 am-4:30 pm.


 Special Education Rule Change

As of January 1, 2016, Special education certificates will be aligned by level of severity instead of disability category… [Read More…]

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Application Processing Times

For the week of 2/1/2016 we are processing the following services:
◾Quick Services received the week of 2/1/2016
◾Evaluation Services received the week of 1/26/2016

Click here to check the status of your certificate(s).


  • Certification Renewal– Educators who hold multiple renewable certificates expiring in different years may now align the expiration date of all certificates with documentation of 180 clock hours of professional…
  • Teaching Intern Certificate– The Teaching Intern certificate no longer requires completion of Structured English Immersion (SEI) training in order for applicants to qualify for initial issuance…
  • Endorsements– The grade level of the Special Subject Area endorsement, Gifted endorsements, and Library-Media Specialist endorsement has been expanded from K-12 to PreK-12…
  • Rule Change for Special Education Certification – NEW Requirements!  Special education certificates will be aligned by level of severity instead of disability category.  New rules will take effect on January 1, 2016
  • New PreK-12 Physical Education Certificate – NEW Certificate!  Streamlining the application process and reducing costs by offering a new Arizona certificate…
  • Reciprocity Updates – Great news for out-of-state Educators!  Streamlining and enhancing Arizona certification for out-of-state educators relocating to sunny Arizona…
  • Early Childhood Education Updates – NEW Provisional Endorsement!  Provisional Early Childhood Education Endorsement, Birth – Age8/Grade 3.  And, time restriction removed for the FULL endorsement…
  • Structured English Immersion (SEI) Rule Change – Great news for AZ Educators!  Qualifying for the Full SEI Endorsement, K-12 just got easier….

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Contact Information

Arizona Department of Education
Educator Certification
1535 W. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Hours for Certification counter: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm