Announcing our New Director
We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Certification Director, Michelle Brady. Ms. Brady comes to us with 18 years of experience in education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Arizona State University, a Post-Baccalaureate in Secondary Education, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Brady brings her experience as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal and principal to the Department of Education.
School Counselor Certificate Update
On April 29, 2019, the Board of Education approved a rule change to the Standard School Counselor Certificate. Under the revised rule, applicants may qualify for the certificate if they have a master’s degree and one of the following:
- Completion of a graduate program in guidance and counseling;
- Completion of a graduate program in counseling, social work, psychology, or academic advising;
- A valid Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners license as an associate or professional counselor, master or clinical social worker, or marriage and family therapist;
- A valid, comparable school counselor certificate from another state that is in good standing.
Applicants who qualify for the Standard School Counselor Certificate with a graduate program in counseling, social work, psychology, or academic advising, or with a Board of Behavioral Health Examiners license, must also complete both of the following allowable deficiency requirements within three years:
- Practicum/Experience: A school counseling practicum, two years of experience as a school counselor, or three years of full-time teaching experience.
- Semester Hours of Coursework: Completion of six semester hours of specified coursework in school counseling.
A Standard School Counselor Certificate with allowable deficiencies will be temporarily suspended if the certificate holder does not correct the deficiencies within three years; however, a suspension for failure to meet allowable deficiency requirements is not considered a disciplinary action and the certificate holder may correct the deficiencies within the remaining timeframe of the certificate.
Required Signatures Guidance Documents
Certification applications frequently require a verification form, letter, or request from an appropriate administrator in a school district or charter school. To ensure compliance with State Board rules and prevent delays in the processing of applications, please review the guidance document which outlines the required signature for verification and request forms.
Please contact the Certification Unit if you have any questions. Thank you for your service to Arizona students.
Please note that ADE offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27th.
Normal Certification hours will resume on Tuesday, May 28th.
Please note that ADE offices will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 18th.
Normal Certification hours will resume on Tuesday, February 19th.
The Arizona Department of Education would like to announce the 2019 Southern Arizona Education Job Fair on March 2, 2019, and the 2019 Arizona Statewide Education Job Fair on March 9, 2019. Please go to the free participation registration page to complete our registration. These annual fairs are held exclusively for K-12 Districts and Charter School in support of their recruitment efforts.
These events are designed to help schools fill certified and non-certified positions and potential candidates to connect with community partners. The following community partners are already registered to attend our Arizona Education Job Fairs; they will be there to provide information about programs and resources:
- Arizona Department of Education-Teacher Certification
- Arizona Department of Education-Teacher Loan Forgiveness
- Arizona Department of Education-Title II
- Arizona Department of Education-Troops to Teachers
- ADE- Assistive Technology
- Arizona PBS
- Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
- Center for Educational Resources in Culture
- Language & Literacy
- DKA/ANB Services
- Express Employment Professionals
- Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University
- Northern Arizona University
- Pima Community College
- Raising Special Kids
- Read Better Be Better
- Southern Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children
- Treasures 4 Teachers-Phoenix
- Treasures 4 Teachers-Tucson
- University of Arizona South M. Ed. Program
- University of Arizona
Teachers/Educators are reminded to bring copies of their resume to the Arizona Job Fairs. Districts and charters from Arizona will be interviewing candidates and collecting resumes for at least the following open positions: teachers, paraprofessionals, administrative assistants, bus drivers, maintenance, and administrators.
2019 Arizona Job Fair Flyer
Please note that ADE offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 21st.
Normal Certification hours will resume on Tuesday, January 22nd.
Please note that ADE offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22nd.
|Monday, November 19th
||8:30am to 4:30pm
|Tuesday, November 20th
||8:30am to 4:30pm
|Wednesday, November 21st
||8:30am to 4:30pm
|Thursday, November 22nd
||Closed for Thanksgiving
|Friday, November 23rd
||8:30am to 4:30pm
International Exchange Teachers
House Bill 2253 removed the two-year limitation on the employment of foreign teachers who are participating in a teacher exchange program and working under a J-1 or Q-1 visa. In response to this new legislation, the Board approved the following changes to the Standard Foreign Teaching Certificate:
- The name of the certificate has been changed from Standard Foreign Teaching Certificate to International Teaching Certificate.
- The International Teaching Certificate will be issued to the length of the certificate holder’s J-1 or Q-1 visa and may be extended if the J-1 or Q-1 visa is extended.
- The English proficiency examination requirement has been removed.
Teachers who are currently certified with a Standard Foreign Teaching certificate may continue to use the certificate until its expiration. Standard Foreign Teaching certificate holders may apply for the new International Teaching Certificate if they are continuing to participate in a teacher exchange program.
Special Education Exam Requirements
The Board approved changes to the exam requirements for the Standard Professional Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, and Early Childhood Special Education certificates. A transition period was also approved which will allow applicants to use either the previous exams or the new exams if their application is submitted on or before October 1, 2019. The table below illustrates the new exam requirements.
School Counselor Certificate
The Board approved the following changes to the Guidance Counselor Certificate:
- The name of the certificate has been changed from “Standard Guidance Counselor, PreK-12” to “Standard School Counselor, PreK-12”.
- The rule allows school counselors to use continuing education in the area of college and career readiness to recognize that school counselors have different professional development needs than that of other certified educators.
(Phoenix, Ariz., March 14, 2018) – Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today proudly announced the launch of the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE’s) AzEDCert Educator Portal. The new online tool will allow teachers six months away from having their certifications expire, as well as those whose certifications have lapsed within the last year, to apply for renewal from the comfort of their homes.
“I am delighted that our hardworking certified teachers and administrators will no longer have to make the inconvenient trek to Phoenix to renew their certifications,” Superintendent Douglas said. “We should do whatever we can to simplify the administrative processes of becoming an educator, while keeping our standards for educators as high as possible. I am extremely proud of our Certification Unit and our IT (Information Technology) Division for making this portal a reality for our educators.”
There are currently over 15,000 educators with active certificates who would be eligible to apply for renewal utilizing this new system. Not only would teachers and administrators no longer need to apply in person or via mail for this service, Arizona certified educators can now view their certification information on-line via the portal.
The AzEDCert Educator Portal also boasts many other features. The system will send e-mail reminders to educators who are eligible to renew prior to their certificates expiring, as well as provide e-mail alerts that update them on the status of their application throughout the process.
The cost for renewals will remain at $20 per certificate, but a $2 online convenience fee will be added per application submitted via the portal. In addition, ADE’s Certification Unit will continue to accept applications in-person and by mail.
The on-line system will not only add convenience for educators applying for renewal, but also increase the Department’s efficiency in processing applications. Additional services and features that provide further convenience with applications and other services to educators are also forthcoming.
More information about the AzEDCert Educator portal can be found on the Certification Unit’s webpage at http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/.
The Board recently initiated rulemaking procedures for the following changes to Teacher Certification rules:
- Proposed rule R7-2-614(E) establishing a District or Charter Standard Teaching Certificate
- Proposed rule R7-2-609.01 establishing a Middle Grades Teaching Certificate for grades 5-9
- Proposed amendments to R7-2-611 and R7-2-611.01 regarding Career and Technical Education Certificates.
- Proposed amendments to R7-2-611 regarding Special Education Teaching Certificates.
The proposed rules are posted on the State Board’s website at https://azsbe.az.gov/rules.
There is a public hearing in regard to these open rules on January 3rd, 2018. Please see the posting on the State Board’s website at https://azsbe.az.gov/public-meetings.
Additionally, there is an upcoming Certification Advisory Committee meeting on January 5th, 2018. Please see the posting on the State Board’s website at https://azsbe.az.gov/public-meetings.