New Middle Grades Teaching Certificate

Published: April 2nd, 2018

On March 26, 2018, the State Board adopted a new Standard Professional Middle Grades Teaching Certificate.  The certificate authorizes the holder to teach the approved subject area(s) indicated in grades five through nine.  The certificate will benefit Arizona school districts and charter schools by expanding the pool of qualified educators who have specialized in teaching middle grades students.

The Standard Professional Middle Grades Teaching certificate requires the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree;
  • A passing score on the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary exam or the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary exam, or qualification for a waiver of the exam requirement;
  • A passing score on one or more Middle Grades or Secondary Subject Knowledge exams, or qualification for a waiver of the exam requirement;
  • Documentation of one of the following:
    • Completion of a Board approved teacher preparation program in Middle Grades Education, or a teacher preparation program from an accredited college or university with substantially similar training; or
    • Verification of two years of full-time teaching experience in grades five through nine, and completion of college coursework or Board approved trainings which teach the knowledge and skills described in the Arizona Professional Teaching Standards and address specified topics; or
    • The applicant holds a valid, comparable Middle Grades Teaching certificate from another state and is in good standing in that other state.  Applicants who qualify with an out-of-state certificate are not required to meet the exam requirements.

Please see the Requirements for the Standard Professional Middle Grades Certificate for further information on requirements to qualify for the certificate.  You may contact the Certification office at 602-542-4367 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.