Alternative Pathways to Teacher Certification

What are Alternative Pathways to Teacher Certification (link)

Teaching Interns: In pursuing teacher certification, participants will teach full-time under the “Teaching Intern” certificate. Upon the issuance of a Teaching Intern certificate, individuals will be able to pursue a teaching contract in an Arizona public school or charter. They receive full teaching salary and benefits, which ensures no loss of income for participants.


Arizona Educator Exams: go here or call number under contact information.

Subject Knowledge (SK) exams: Needed before applying for an Intern Certificate
Professional Knowledge (PK) exams: These are taken in your second year


(all titles are links)Arizona Education Employment Board (AEEB)Current education job postings.Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA)As part of obtaining their Teaching Intern Certificate, Intern prospects will be required to take and pass the Subject Knowledge portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments. During year two they must pass the Professional Knowledge portion. This link will provide you with scheduling and fee information.Arizona Rural Schools AssociationARSA provides a listing of current job openings in small and rural Arizona districts for teachers, administrators, teaching interns, and support staff who are looking for open positions throughout the state.Arizona Teaching FellowsArizona Teaching Fellows seeks outstanding professionals and recent college graduates who wish to build a career making a difference in the lives of Arizona’s children. This highly-selective program is designed to recruit and train socially-driven individuals who want to give back to the community by becoming teachers in high-need Arizona public schools.College Funding OpportunitiesThis link provides a list of funding grants, resources and tools to assist students who intend to teach in a public elementary or secondary school. NOTE: This is not meant to be an exhaustive listing.Geographic and Academic Teacher Shortages in ArizonaAs determined by the United States Department of Education, Arizona counties and academic disciplines identified as having a teacher shortage for the 2012-2013 school year.National Evaluation Series (NES)The NES tests are now accepted by the Arizona Department of Education to fulfill the testing requirements for many Arizona teacher certificates. Costs for NES tests are $95 compared to AEPA $115. Preliminary results are immediate, official results can take up to 30 days.Teach For AmericaTeach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.Teach In ArizonaTeach In Arizona is an Arizona Department of Education affiliated website that provides comprehensive information on becoming a teacher in Arizona. Resources include: steps to become a teacher in Arizona, certification requirements and related information, employment posting resources, and additional careers in education.Troops to TeachersTroops to Teachers provides counseling and referral services to military personnel interested in beginning a second career in public education as a teacher. The DANTES Troops to Teachers office will help applicants identify teacher certification requirements, programs leading to certification and employment opportunities. If you think a transition to teaching as a second career might be in your future, click on the above link to see how you can get started. Phone: 602.542.4367

Frequently Asked Questions

Will this program prepare me for the challenges of being a teacher?

YES. Strong partnerships between school districts and institutes of higher education offer you the support needed to be successful as a classroom teacher.

What Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) participate in this program?

Alternative Pathways to Teacher Certification’s list of approved college, universities, and institutions can be found at:

What financial support is available for tuition and fees?

For information regarding scholarships and financial support contact the specific school districts and partnering College/University. Teachers in low-income schools may be eligible to receive Federal Loan Forgiveness of up to $17,500. For information on the Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program visit

“How do I start?”

See the information under “How to Proceed” at: