Overview: The Early Childhood Education, Birth to Age 8/Grade 3 Endorsement authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in a Birth - grade 3 or age 8 classroom. When added to an Arizona Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, Cross-Categorical Special Education, or Specialized Special Education (ID, ED, LD, or OHI), the endorsement also authorizes the holder to teach in an early childhood special education, birth-grade 3 classroom. Requirements may be subject to change and are fully referenced in the Arizona Revised Statutes and Administrative Code R7-2-601, R-2-607, R7-2-615 (N), and R7-2-621.
Out-of-State Certificate Holders: If you hold a valid, comparable out-of-state educator certificate/license that is in good standing, follow this link for information and steps to apply under reciprocity.
A formal review is required to verify that all requirements have been met. Please visit "How to Submit Official Documents" below for the proper submission of the required documents. Failure to submit documents as described could cause a delay in the processing of the application.
Prerequisite Certificate: You hold a valid Arizona Elementary or Special Education Certificate.
Application: A completed Application for Certification.
Fee: The fee for this endorsement is $60. Per Board-rule, certification fees are non-refundable.
Exam(s): A passing score on the required AEPA/NES exam(s), or appropriate documentation to meet exam requirement(s).
Official Transcripts (if applicable): Official transcripts documenting all applicable coursework.
Note: If you completed your degree and applicable coursework at an institution outside of the United States, you must submit an evaluation from a Department approved foreign credential evaluation agency. Please see the "Approved Foreign Credential Evaluation" list.
Teaching Experience (if applicable): If you are using teaching experience to meet endorsement requirements, please have your school/school human resources office complete and submit the Verification of PreK-12 Teaching Experience form.
The Provisional Early Childhood , Birth-Age 8 or Grade 3 endorsement is valid for three years and is not renewable. The requirements are:
Prerequisite Certificate: A valid Arizona Elementary or Special Education teaching certificate;
Subject Knowledge Exam - Proof that you meet the Subject Knowledge Early Childhood Education exam requirement with oneof the following:
Arizona Exam: A passing score on the AEPA Subject Knowledge Early Childhood Education (AZ036) exam; -OR-
Coursework: Completion of 21 semester hours of early childhood education courses to include all of the following areas of study:
Foundations of early childhood education;
Child guidance and classroom management;
Characteristics and quality practices for typical and atypical behaviors of young children;
Child growth and development, including health, safety, and nutrition;
Child, family, cultural and community relationships;
Developmentally appropriate instructional methodologies for teaching language, math, science, social studies and the arts;
Early language and literacy development;
Assessing, monitoring, and reporting the progress of young children; -AND-
Practicums/Experience: A minimum of eight semester hours of practicum to include:
Four semester hours of a supervised field experience, practicum, internship, or student teaching setting serving children from birth through preschool. -OR- One year of verified, full-time teaching experience with children from birth through preschool. -AND-
Four semester hours of student teaching in kindergarten through grade 3. -OR- One year of verified, full-time teaching experience with children in kindergarten through grade 3.
Option B: Professional Knowledge Exam and Practicum/Experience
Professional Knowledge Exam. One of the following:
Arizona Exam: A passing score on the AEPA Professional Knowledge Early Childhood (AZ093) exam.
Out-of-State Exam: A passing score on a similar Professional Knowledge Early Childhood examination from another state or agency.
Practicums/Experience: Eight semester hours of practicum, including:
Four semester hours of a supervised field experience, practicum, internship, or student teaching setting serving children from birth through preschool -OR- One year of verified, full-time teaching experience with children from birth through preschool. -AND-
Four semester hours of student teaching in kindergarten through grade 3 -OR- One year of verified, full-time teaching experience with children in kindergarten through grade 3.
Option C: Teaching Experience:
Three years of full-time teaching experience in any state, including Arizona, in a Birth-Grade 3 classroom.
Documents Requiring Submission by the Verifying Authority
Official Transcripts: Transcripts that are uploaded through the educator portal or emailed by the applicant are not official and will not be accepted. Official transcripts and foreign credential evaluations must be submitted as follows:
Electronic official transcripts must be submitted directly by the college or university to [email protected].
Paper official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope and mailed by the college or university to the Arizona Department of Education - Certification Unit; PO Box 6490, Phoenix, AZ 85005-6490.
Foreign credential evaluations must be sent directly by the approved foreign credential evaluation agency to [email protected] or mailed to the Arizona Department of Education - Certification Unit.
Out-of-State Exam Score Reports: If you are using out-of-state exams, include a copy of the out-of-state score report with your application and have exams verified as follows:
Forward the Verification of Out-of-State Exams form to the state agency that accepted the exam. This form must be completed and submitted by an official with the state agency.
If you are using Praxis exam(s), have your scores reported by ETS to the Arizona Department of Education (8517).
Verification of Teaching Experience: If submitting teaching experience in place of the practicum or subject knowledge exam requirement, please forward the Verification of PreK-12 Teaching Experience form to your school/district human resources office with a request to verify your experience. The form must be submitted by school/district human resources to [email protected].
Accepted Photocopies from the Applicant
AZDPS IVP Card: Submit a photocopy of the Arizona DPS IVP Fingerprint Clearance card.
Arizona Exam: Submit a photocopy of the official score report.
Pursuant to section 41-1093.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, an agency shall limit all occupational regulations to regulations that are demonstrated to be necessary to specifically fulfill a public health, safety, or welfare concern. Pursuant to sections 41-1093.02 and 41-1093.03, Arizona Revised Statutes, you have the right to petition this agency to repeal or modify the occupational regulation or bring an action in a court of general jurisdiction to challenge the occupational regulation and to ensure compliance with section 41-1093.01, Arizona Revised Statutes.