The Arizona State Board of Education has approved the adoption of the National Evaluation Series (NES) Mathematics (Middle Grades and Early Secondary) (NT 105) exam and the NES Social Science exam to meet the Secondary subject knowledge exam requirement to teach Social Studies in grades 6-12. [Read more…]
The Board has approved a new Specialized Standard Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate which conforms to new legislation under Senate Bill 1502. [Read more…]
A number of significant Certification rule changes are now in effect due to the passage of SB 1208 and amended Arizona Board of Education rules to align with the revised statutes. The changes to Certification rules and requirements include renewal requirements, SEI, reciprocity and out-of-state exam information and are outlined below.
The State Board of Education temporarily adopted the California Subject Knowledge Examination for Teachers (CSET) Mathematics Exam (Subtests I (211) and Subtest II (212)) to meet the requirement for a new Middle Grade/Early Secondary Level Mathematics approved area. An Arizona Educator exam for Middle Grades/Early Secondary Mathematics is currently under development and should be released in the late fall of 2016.
As a result of this change, there are now three Mathematics Approved Areas:
• Middle Grades Mathematics which allows educators to teach Mathematics in grades 6-8. The Middle Grades Mathematics may be added to an Elementary, 1-8 certificate or a Secondary certificate with an existing 6-12 approved area. The Middle Grade Mathematics approved area cannot be the primary approved area on a Secondary certificate.
• Middle Grades/Early Secondary Mathematics which allows educators to teach Algebra I, Geometry, General Mathematics, and Foundational Mathematics in grades 6-12.
• Mathematics which allows educators to teach all Mathematics in grades 6-12.
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 development completed during the valid term of the certificate which expires first. Educators are no longer required to show that the professional development hours were completed during the valid term of each certificate being aligned. A technical change was also adopted which specifies certain professional development activities allowed by statute that may be accepted toward renewal.
Application for Renewal of Certificate
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. A technical change was also adopted to allow Early Childhood certified teachers to qualify for the Gifted and Library-Media Specialist endorsements. The rule change will help to ensure that teachers with these endorsements are appropriately certified to teach preschool students.
Requirements for Endorsements
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. Teaching Interns will be required to show completion of SEI endorsement training and apply to add the SEI endorsement within one year in order to qualify for extension of the certificate.
Please note that Teaching Interns who are placed in a SEI classroom must hold either the SEI, English as a Second Language (ESL), or Bilingual endorsement in order to be appropriately certified and highly qualified.
Requirements for Teaching Intern Certificate
Structured English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement Rule Change
As of September 28, 2015, individuals applying for a teaching or administrative certificate will have three years to fulfill the Structured English Immersion (SEI) requirement versus one year.
On June 22, 2015, the State Board of Education approved changes to the Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement rule. Effective June 22, 2015, individuals may qualify for a Full SEI endorsement with three semester hours or 45 clock hours of State approved SEI endorsement training. Completion of the Provisional SEI endorsement training is no longer required to qualify for the Full SEI endorsement.
Individuals who qualified for a Provisional SEI Endorsement with either a three semester hour or 45 clock hours SEI training now qualify for the Full SEI Endorsement and are not required to complete additional SEI training in order to maintain their certificate. These individuals may add the Full SEI Endorsement by submitting a completed Application for Certification and a check or money order for $60.
PreK-12 Physical Education Certificate
Effective July 1, 2015, PreK-12 Physical Education teachers will have the option to apply for a single PreK-12 Physical Education certificate. Under current Board rules, Physical Education teachers are required to apply for both a Secondary certificate and a Physical Education Endorsement in order to teach PreK-12 Physical Education. The establishment of the PreK-12 Physical Education certificate will help to streamline the Certification process and reduce costs by removing the requirement to add an endorsement in order to teach PreK-12 Physical Education.
The PreK-12 Physical Education Certificate is a stand-alone certificate; additional approved areas and endorsements, with the exception of the SEI, Full English as a Second Language (ESL) and Full Bilingual Endorsements, will not be added to this certificate.
Early Childhood Endorsement
Effective May 4, 2015, the following changes have been made to the Early Childhood endorsement:
• A Provisional Early Childhood endorsement was created which allows educators to meet the requirements for a full Early Childhood endorsement within three (3) years. To qualify for the Provisional Early Childhood endorsement, applicants must hold a valid Arizona Elementary or Special Education teaching certificate and pass the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) Subject Knowledge Early Childhood (AZ036) exam.
• Elementary and special education certified teachers may now qualify for a full Early Childhood endorsement by passing the AEPA Subject Knowledge Early Childhood exam (AZ036) and submitting verification of three years of full-time teaching in Birth-grade 3. The time restriction in Option C no longer exists.