The Certification office has moved!
The Arizona Department of Education - Certification Unit office has moved to our new location:
100 N 15th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007.
The Certification Office is Now Open at this new location!
We have two windows available to assist applicants. Our customer service windows are open: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. We recommend arriving by 4 PM to allow time for advisement and processing.
We will be happy to advise applicants with certification questions and processing services for existing certificates. All applications for new certificates, endorsements, and/or approved areas will be placed in the queue and processed in the order they are received.
Please keep in mind that the quickest way to apply for certification is to apply online.
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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.
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.