What kind of accreditation does a ‘tutor’ need?

Approved Expense: “Tutoring services provided by a tutor accredited by a state, regional or national accrediting organization” (ARS 15-2402).

In order for a tutor to be approved by ESA, a tutor services agreement form and credentials must be submitted for each student.

For core subjects, ADE requires parents to submit accreditation on behalf of the tutor for one of the following:

  • A state’s teaching certificate in Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education
  • National board certification
  • Individuals who completed teacher preparation in another state at an institution of higher education whose teacher preparation program has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific subject area being taught, from an accredited University. *Please contact ESA Staff at 602-364-1969 or esa@azed.gov if you have questions regarding an individual’s degree.  Certain degrees can be approved on a case by case evaluation.
  • An official or unofficial college transcript showing 24 credit hours in the specific subject area being taught.
  • A nationally accredited tutoring facility (a parent may submit the learning centers’ credentials in place of the individual tutor since they may be learning from multiple teachers) – approved accreditations are: the National Commission of Accreditation and School Improvement (which includes: North Central Association, Middle States Association and the Western Association).

For non-core subjects, ADE requires parents to submit accreditation on behalf of the tutor for one of the following:

  • A state’s teaching certificate with requested subject endorsement (i.e.: dance, physical education, etc.)
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific subject area being taught, from an accredited University
  • An official or unofficial college transcript showing 24 credit hours in the specific subject area being taught.

Note: A parent must submit the tutor services agreement form and credentials for each tutor (or accredited facility) teaching their child only once. If services are discontinued and a new tutor is hired, new credentials are required to be submitted with the next quarter’s expense report.