icon exclamation  Starting Thursday March 19th and until further notice we are only accepting applications for certification services via our online portal or through regular mail. 

See this post for more information about contacting us for help and making application online or via regular mail.


The Certification Unit at the Arizona Department of Education provides services to educators to assist them in obtaining and maintaining their Arizona Educator Certification. Educators are certified in a myriad of areas which include Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, CTE, STEM, Arts, Physical Education, Administration, Special Education, Adult Education and others as well as adding approved content areas and endorsements.  The unit also assists out-of-state educators in obtaining Arizona Certification as well as supports Human Resource departments through staff training and facilitating on-site certification events to meet the needs of their educators.

Our Mission

The Arizona Department of Education Certification Unit assists educators in meeting the requirements for Certification.


The Certification Unit processes over 40,000 different services annually with a typical processing time of 1 to 3 weeks and as long as 6 weeks during the peak season. The unit is comprised of 12 staff members in Phoenix and 2 part-time staff in Tucson.