Our offices are currently not accepting walk-ins for certification applications or advisement.

There are two ways to apply…
Apply and check your application status online using the AzEDCert portal.

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Apply by regular mail.

Send application, payment, and all materials to:
ADE – Certification
P.O. Box 6490
Phoenix, Arizona 85005-6490

Applicants who are submitting an application via mail must submit payment in the form of a check or money order.

Cash payments are not accepted.

Need help with requirements or have some questions?
Call us at
8:30am to 4:30pm
Email us at
[email protected]
We will assist you and schedule a virtual appointment if necessary to meet your needs and assist you in applying for Arizona educator certification.

Requirements for Certificates, Approved Areas, Endorsements

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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.

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.