Overview: The Emergency Substitute certificate is issued at the request of a school district or charter school superintendent and authorizes the holder to substitute only in the district that verifies an emergency employment situation exists.
An individual holding only an Emergency Substitute Certificate shall not be assigned a contract teaching position and shall be limited to 120 days of substitute teaching in the same school each school year. The certificate is valid for two school years or part thereof and expires on the July 1 of the year of expiration. Requirements may be subject to change and are fully referenced in the Arizona Revised Statutes and Administrative Code R7-2-606; R7-2-607; R-2-601.01; R7-2-614 (A)(C); R7-2-621.
A formal review is required to verify that all requirements have been met. Please visit the "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.
Application: A completed Request for Emergency Substitute Certificate.
Fee: The required fee is $60. Per Board-rule, certification fees are non-refundable.
Request for Emergency Substitute Certificate: Submit the Emergency Substitute Request form completed and signed by the district or charter school superintendent. When applying online, upload the signed form.
If you are applying for initial issuance of the Emergency Substitute Certificate one of the following is required:
High School Diploma: A photocopy, or scanned and saved copy (if applying online), of your high school diploma; -OR-
GED Certificate: A photocopy, or scanned and saved copy (if applying online), of your GED certificate; -OR-
Proof of High School Graduation: Official transcript documenting graduation from high school; -OR-
Associate degree: Official transcript from a college or university documenting an Associate's degree.
If you are applying for re-issuance of the Emergency Substitute Certificate one of the following is required:
Two (2) semester hours since the last issuance: Official transcript(s) from an accredited college or university documenting at least 2 semester hours of academic coursework, which may include classroom management, professionalism, and ethics, completed since the last issuance of your Emergency Substitute certificate; -OR-
District/Charter School Training Verification: A letter, on official letterhead, from the district or charter school superintendent or human resources office verifying the completion of 30 clock hours of district in-service training completed since the last issuance.
Academic courses and in-service programs may include classroom management, professionalism, and ethics. If applying online, the letter may be scanned and uploaded with your application.
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: Arizona Department of Education - Certification Unit PO Box 6490 Phoenix, AZ 85005-6490.
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