Certification Changes

Although we are aware of recent legislation that will impact certification requirements for current and future educators in Arizona, at this time we are not able to advise applicants on the details nor are the requirements currently in effect.

“Upon receiving the Governor’s signature, a bill is sent to the Secretary of State where it becomes an act, receives a chapter number for publication in the Arizona session laws, and is codified into the Arizona Revised Statutes. The new law takes effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns, or immediately if it is an emergency bill.”

SB 1042 and SB 1057 were not emergency bills. As a result, should the legislature adjourn in early May as expected, the new legislation would go into effect sometime in early August.

Please review our website at http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/ for updates and more information as it becomes available.

Tucson Hours for 2017

The Tucson Certification office will be open following the monthly schedule below:

Months Days Open (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
January through May First three Wednesdays of the month
June, July and August Every Wednesday and Thursday
September through December First three Wednesdays of the month


Only same-day services (quick services) will be provided. All other services must be sent to the Phoenix Certification Office. We do not accept cash or credit cards. Please remember to bring your personal check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to ADE.

Same-day services include:

  • Certificate Renewals
  • Certificate Extensions
  • Certificate Conversions
  • Institutionally Recommended (IR) Certificates
  • Substitute Certificates
  • Certificate Deficiency Removals
  • Duplicate Certificate Copies
  • Name Changes
  • Address Changes

Address: 400 West Congress Street, Room 223. Tucson, Arizona, 85701.

Subject Knowledge Examination Waivers

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires teachers in Title I schools to be “appropriately certified” through being in compliance with certification requirements established by the State of Arizona. Board rule R7-2-607(J) requires teachers in grades 6-12 whose primary assignment is an academic subject area to pass the appropriate Board adopted subject knowledge exam, and further requires these teachers to have the area(s) of demonstrated proficiency specified on their certificate. Therefore, teachers who were designated as “highly qualified” through the AZ High, Objective, Uniform, State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) rubric in a content area, or through 24 semester hours of coursework in the subject area, may not qualify as “appropriately certified” under ESSA.

To remedy this issue and promote the retention of experienced and effective teachers in core subject areas in grades 6-12, the State Board of Education adopted board rule R7-2-607.01. This rule provides a temporary grandfathering provision that allows teachers with a valid Elementary or Secondary certificate, or a Special Education certificate that includes grades 6-12, issued prior to August 1, 2016 to become “appropriately certified” in a subject, and add one or more approved subject areas to their certificate, without requiring a subject knowledge exam, if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Verification from the LEA that the teacher was “highly qualified” in the subject(s) as defined by NCLB, for reason that:
    – The individual was teaching in one or more subject areas based on a verified Arizona High, Objective, Uniform, State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) rubric as highly qualified to teach the subject area(s) as defined under the No Child Left Behind Act; or
    – The individual has completed a minimum of 24 semester hours of courses in the subject area(s); and
  2. Verification that the teacher’s most recent evaluation was within the two highest performance classifications; and
  3. Submission of an application to add the approved area on or before August 1, 2017.

Related Information and Documents


New National Evaluation Series (NES) Subject Knowledge Exams

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…]

New Specialized Standard Career and Technical Education (CTE) Certificate

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…]

Certification Updates, August 2016

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.

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Rush Policy

Applicants will need to have a district letter requesting a rush, or a letter of intent, from the district or charter before we will rush their file.

If you are active military, or an active military spouse, you may provide a letter requesting rushed service and a photocopy of your own or your spouse’s military identification.

All efforts will be made to process rush files in 3-5 business days. Certificates will not be issued same day and applicants with background issues may delay processing.

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