Become an Arizona Teacher
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Arizona is committed to student success
The state serves 1.1m+ students across 2,000 district public schools and 700 charter schools ¹ with an impressive 80% graduation rate for the past 3 years (compared to 62% U.S. average). ²

Teach with autonomy
Arizona supports and empowers its 60k+ classroom teachers.¹ Nearly all (98%) of teachers said they have some control over their teaching methods, and 87% said they have some control over the topics taught in their classrooms. ³

Opportunity abounds for
specialty educators

Arizona has a consistent demand for specialized teachers with schools reporting vacancies in special education positions (48%), ESL (12%), and foreign language (30%). ³

Demand for teachers in all core subjects
Aspiring teachers can also take advantage of the widespread need for teachers in core subjects. Arizona schools report needing teachers in English/Language Arts (23%), Social Studies (24%), Mathematics (48%), and Life Sciences (37%). ³

Gain experience teaching in diverse classrooms
Arizona educators teach in wonderfully diverse classrooms. Notably, there is a large population of Hispanic students in Arizona public schools with 48% of students identifying as Hispanic. 1

Current and future opportunities
The projected growth for secondary school teaching positions in Arizona is 16% over the next decade — significantly higher than the 1% U.S. average. 4

Sources: ¹ AZ Report Cards ² Arizona Department of Education ³ National Center of Educational StatisticsO*NET OnLine – Arizona Employment Trends

Moreland University partners with school districts across Arizona to support teachers through
certification and continuing education programs.

Don’t see your district above? Not currently working in a school district?
No worries! We can still help you achieve teaching certification and success in Arizona. Keep scrolling to discover the
Moreland University difference for Arizona teachers.


“Florida specifically has so many opportunities, and it’s such a prime time because we still have so much growth. I think all of us can say within the last several years how many new schools we’ve opened and how many new staff members we’ve added to schools and districts. This is such a great time to be in education because the possibilities are endless, and there’s so much opportunity for leadership and growth in various positions that didn’t even exist several years ago. We’re growing at such a rapid pace in this state. We’re fortunate to be in education and have so many options available to us.”

Quiana Peterson
Instructional Recruitment Partner
Lake County Schools in Florida

“It’s important for students to be able to see themselves in their teachers. It’s pivotal for us to be able to recruit and bring in teachers that can inspire students from all areas. There are so many different pathways to enter our profession, and we’re looking for people with bachelor’s degrees that didn’t necessarily go to school to be teachers. Not that we don’t want people who went to school to be teachers, of course, but we also want people that come from unique backgrounds. Kids have to look at their teachers and say, ‘Oh, that looks like me! I can do that! Oh, that’s another way of seeing the world.’ So, we need people from all over and all different types of industry to really consider ‘what kind of gifts do I have?”

Dumarie Rodriguez-Dillard
Director of Leadership Pathways, Recruitment/Retention
& Certification
Seminole County Public Schools in Florida

“Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW certification program has and continues to help Clayton County educators achieve professional certification in just 9 months. TEACH-NOW consistently meets our teachers’ demands for an affordable program with a quick enrollment process, which has resulted in the retention of many educators who would have otherwise faced non-renewal. This program is my top recommendation due to its cost-effectiveness and ability to cater to diverse needs while ensuring initial certification with only the necessary Georgia assessments. My positive perception of TEACH-NOW was further strengthened when my district partnered with them. The exceptional personalized support we receive from the Moreland Team is invaluable as we collaboratively work toward shared goals.”

Rose Wilson
Human Resources Certification Manager, Clayton
County Public Schools

“I have found Moreland’s program to be rigorous and the curriculum holds a high standard for our teachers to be effectively prepared to enter the classroom. All the staff at Moreland have been collaborative and very easy with whom to work. We have regular meetings to assess progress and provide information sessions to our educators. The Moreland staff is timely in their communications and very responsive to our needs.”

Brittany Mackel
Instructional Specialist
Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland

“You should know it’s a sellers’ market. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t have a traditional teaching degree, school districts are looking for everyone — especially folks like you who have expertise and some things that folks who came out of traditional education preparation programs might not have. Folks who come out of these [traditional] educational preparation programs are 21, 22. They don’t have the same type of background that you have in terms of the professional field.”

Dr. Daman Harris
Manager, PDS Program and IHE Partnerships
Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland


Curious about what it takes to become a certified teacher in Arizona? Discover the key requirements you’ll need to meet
to get your Arizona teaching certification:

General Requirements
Learn the essential steps to certification — from earning a bachelor’s degree to passing certification exams to applying for Arizona teacher certification.

Testing Requirements
Understand the required exams, such as the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA).

Teacher Education Requirements
Explore the education pathways available to aspiring AZ teachers, whether your degree is in education or another field.

Download this comprehensive guide that offers an overview of how Arizona teachers can get fully certified and shape their future in education.

Moreland’s high-quality programs designed with a unique global cohort model ignite innovation and collaboration
among instructors and fellow educators from around the world — equipping you with the knowledge, global network,
and skills to thrive as an Arizona teacher.

Moreland’s nine-month online teacher preparation certificate program helps you gain a 360-degree understanding of teaching and empowers you for teaching success in Arizona.

  • Completable in 9 months
  • 100% online with synchronous and asynchronous
    engagement
  • Global cohort model
  • Affordable tuition with payment plans and financing options
  • Monthly start dates
  • Suitable for current and aspiring educators around the world
  • Option to add on an M.Ed. through Moreland University

Another pathway to certification in Arizona is our online M.Ed. with teaching credential, which can be completed in 12 months — helping you level up your teaching career.

  • Completable in 12 months
  • 100% online with synchronous and asynchronous
    engagement
  • 6 specializations in impactful fields
  • Global cohort model
  • Affordable tuition with payment plans and financing options
  • Multiple start dates each year
  • Suitable for current and aspiring educators around the world

Need help deciding? Our admissions representatives are happy to chat 1:1 about your specific goals, interests, and needs — including financing options via Sallie Mae.

See what U.S. educators have to say about Moreland University:

“What I loved most about Moreland University was that they were very flexible, and the instructors were very supportive and very informative. Whenever I had questions, they were available and would respond…almost immediately. And they were very clear when they answered the question. It was such a great program to be a part of, especially when I was working full time as a teacher both when I got my certification and when I did the master’s add-on.”

Carisa Frisby
Arizona educator
M.Ed. Educational Research with Certificate graduate, 2021

“Moreland University’s programs, the instructors and staff, will work with a student when “life happens” as they understand that we are all balancing demanding careers, certification and/or master’s work and family needs as we complete our studies. The convenience was one of the major factors that attracted me to Moreland University, as well as the small cohort size, quality of instructors, not to mention the affordability. I changed careers after retiring early and I am very happy with the education that I have received, particularly as it relates to technology in the classroom. I am a better teacher, and more than qualified, as a result of Moreland University’s array of programs and degrees.”

Beth Gambrell
U.S. educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2023

“It is very accessible yet teaches hands-on practical things to future-teachers. I also made wonderful friends around the world in my cohort.”

Duo Chen
Maryland educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2022

“The classroom has totally changed since I was a kid. All the technology, software, and tools available! I wanted to learn about that. Also, I wanted guidance on classroom management…The main appeal for me was that you can be anywhere in the world and take the classes and do the curriculum with Moreland University.”

Janie Mabe
Virginia educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2022

“What I like most about Moreland University is the ease of being able to connect online and having knowledgeable professors that constantly support you. Especially when English is your second language, and it is not easy for you to express yourself widely.”

Brenda Guerrero de Deniz
Maryland educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2023

“As a graduate student at Moreland University, I benefit from the high-quality academic programs and rigorous standards of education. My instructors are renowned for their expertise, dedication to teaching, and commitment to fostering an engaging learning environment. My cohort provides a supportive and collaborative platform.”

Elizabeth Rakis
Maryland educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2024



You’ve got questions about becoming a certified teacher in Arizona, and we’ve got answers!

How do I become an Arizona teacher?

Becoming a teacher in Arizona typically involves several steps, such as earning your bachelor’s degree, completing a teacher preparation program (such as Moreland University’s nine-month TEACH-NOW Teacher Preparation Certificate Program), completing certification exams (which typically includes the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) or the National Evaluation Series (NES) exams), undergoing a background check including fingerprinting, and then applying for your teaching license in Arizona. With your AZ teaching certification in hand, you can search for teaching positions in Arizona schools.

Specific requirements for Arizona certification can vary. If you have questions about the process of getting your teaching
certification in Arizona, Moreland University admissions representatives would be happy to chat more. Give us a call at
1 (844) 283-2246 or email us at admissions@moreland.edu.

Do I need a teaching certification to teach in Arizona?

All public schools and most private schools in Arizona will require teachers to have either an official or emergency teaching certification from the Arizona State Board of Education. Having a valid teaching license demonstrates you have completed the necessary education and training to work as a teacher in Arizona. It also ensures educators meet certain standards of knowledge, skills, and professionalism required to teach effectively.

Some key certifications and requirements to be aware of:

  • Official Certification: Official teaching certifications are awarded to individuals with a bachelor’s degree who have completed a teacher preparation program either as part of their four-year degree or post-graduation.
  • Emergency Certification: In some cases, you may be able to receive an emergency certification to teach in Arizona. Emergency certifications are requested by the district or charter school superintendent when there is an emergency employment situation. However, emergency teaching certifications will only allow you to teach within the district that requests it, and you will likely need an official teacher certification within a couple of years to continue teaching.
  • Private and Charter Schools: The state does not require that teachers at Private or Charter schools in Arizona have a teaching certification. These schools set their own standards, yet most do require their teachers to have a certification or be in the process of obtaining one. More information on certification requirements for private and charter schools can be found on a school-by-school basis.

While it may be possible to teach without a traditional teaching license in certain situations, obtaining certification is generally recommended to boost your credibility and expertise as an educator and for long-term career prospects and professional development as certification can lead to advanced career opportunities and provide access to additional benefits and resources.

What are the requirements for Arizona teacher certification?

To become a teacher in Arizona, you must meet the following requirements:

✓ Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
✓ Have completed a state-approved educator preparation program (EPP), such as Moreland’s TEACH-NOW program. Moreland is an approved EPP in Arizona.
✓ Complete a state-approved educator preparation institute (EPI) program, such as Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW program
✓ Pass the required certification exams, which often includes the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) or the National Evaluation Series (NES) exams, and other exams based on the grade level and subject area you wish to teach
✓ Pass a criminal background check, including official fingerprinting
✓ Depending on the type of certification you’re seeking, there may be additional requirements such as completing certain coursework or demonstrating proficiency in specific teaching methods

It’s important to note that requirements and procedures may change over time, so it’s advisable to check with the Arizona Department of Education for the most up-to-date information.

If you have further questions about the requirements for getting your teaching license in Arizona, Moreland University admissions representatives would be happy to chat more. Give us a call at 1 (844) 283-2246 or email us at admissions@moreland.edu.

What are the steps to get a teaching certification in Arizona?

To obtain a teaching certification in Arizona, you’ll typically need to follow these steps:

1. Earn a bachelor’s degree: Obtain a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
2. Complete an educator preparation program: Enroll in and complete a state-approved educator preparation
program (EPP), like Moreland’s TEACH-NOW online teacher preparation program. Moreland University is an approved EPP in Arizona.
3. Pass the required exams: Take and pass the required exams, which often includes the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) or the National Evaluation Series (NES) exams.
4. Undergo a background check with fingerprinting: All teachers in Arizona must pass a background check, including official fingerprinting with an Identity Verified Prints (IVP) fingerprint clearance card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
5. Apply for certification: Apply for teacher certification through the Arizona Department of Education during which you’ll submit your transcripts, exam scores, and any other required documentation.

It’s important to note that specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on factors such as the subject area, grade level, and type of certification. Be sure to check with the Arizona Department of Education for the most up-to-date information.

How do I maintain my Arizona teaching certification?

Most standard certification must be renewed within 6-12 years of original certification, depending on the certification term. Certifications can be renewed online. If you hold multiple teaching certifications in Arizona, all the certifications can be renewed at once to line up the expiration terms.

To renew your certification, you will need to show proof of continued professional development, submit the renewal application, and pay the renewal fee.

Professional Development: To maintain your certification, you will need to complete an average of 15 hours of professional development every year of certification. These hours may be obtained in different increments year to year. For example, a 6-year certificate must show 90 hours of professional development, and an 8-year certificate must show 120 hours — regardless of when these hours were obtained over the term of the certification. Be sure to maintain proof of completed professional development as you may be asked to provide it during the renewal process.
Submit Renewal Application: Prior to the expiration of your certification, you’ll need to submit a renewal application to the Arizona Department of Education. The renewal application may require you to provide evidence of completing continuing education hours or credits.
Pay Renewal Fee: There is typically a $20 renewal fee (as of 2024) associated with renewing your teaching certification in Arizona. Be sure to submit the renewal fee along with your application.
Restrictions on Renewal: Standard Teaching, Administrative, School Counselor, and most other Arizona teaching certifications can be renewed continuously and up to 10 years after their expiration. However, certain provisional teaching certifications — like emergency teaching certifications and emergency substitute certifications — may not be available for renewal depending on your current employment status and the number of times you have already renewed the certification.

Be sure to check with the Arizona Department of Education for the most current information and guidance regarding certification renewal.

How long does it take to become a certified teacher in Arizona?

The timeline to become a certified teacher in Arizona can vary depending on several factors, including your education and the type of certification you’re pursuing.

Both the traditional and alternative certification pathways require a bachelor’s degree, which usually takes four years of full-time study to earn (or longer if enrolled part time).

Those who have already completed their bachelor’s degree and would like to transition into teaching (or if you are already teaching and want to gain your official certification), will need to complete a state-approved educator preparation program like Moreland University, an approved EPP in Arizona, offers.

These programs can take around one to two years to complete, including coursework and student teaching or field experience. However, certain programs, like Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW program — offered 100% online — take only 9 months to complete. For Moreland, those 9 months include 12 weeks of clinical learning (student teaching), ensuring an accelerated timeline that thoroughly prepares you for classroom success.

Before applying for certification, you’ll also need to pass the required certification exams and complete a background check. The time it takes to prepare for and pass the certification exams can vary, as can the processing time for background checks.

How much do Arizona teachers make?

Like with most professions, pay for Arizona teachers is dependent on the grade level, subject matter, and district where you teach. The National Education Association lists Arizona’s average teacher salary as $60,275 per year for approximately 10 months of work (as teachers often get summer off as well as time throughout the school year). Pay may be higher in districts with high demand for teachers, especially in specialty subjects, or in areas where the cost of living is higher than the state average. Those who pursue a master’s degree, which Moreland also offers options for, can often make even more money while increasing their career trajectory.

How much money can I make starting out as an Arizona teacher?

Starting salaries for new teachers in Arizona can vary depending on several factors, including the school district, education level, teaching experience, subject area, and grade level. The National Education Association reports that the average teacher starting salary in Arizona is $44,124 (as of 2024). This is typically for ~10 months of work as teachers get the summer and time during the year off. Some school districts may offer higher starting salaries to attract and retain qualified teachers for in-demand roles.

Why should I choose Moreland University as an Arizona educator?

There are many reasons Moreland University is a great option for current and aspiring educators in Arizona.

Notably, Moreland University is accredited — ensuring our programs meet high standards of quality and are recognized by employers and state education agencies. Moreland partners with 10+ districts and education organizations in Arizona and has a strong reputation in the U.S. and abroad for producing highly qualified educators. These factors provide our candidates and alumni with credibility in the field and a broad support network.

Additionally, Moreland offers a supportive online learning environment for current and aspiring Arizona teachers. With monthly start dates, experienced faculty, and expert support across the entire certification journey, Moreland offers flexible and effective pathways to get your teaching certification in Arizona or uplevel your education career.

How can I learn more about becoming a certified teacher in Arizona?

The Arizona Department of Education is an invaluable resource that can guide you through the teacher certification process.

The ADE website provides comprehensive information on the steps to becoming a certified teacher, exam requirements, how to apply for an AZ teaching license, and more. You can also find information on Arizona educator preparation institute programs like Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW program if you are pursuing an alternative pathway to teacher certification in Arizona.

We take great pride in being pioneers of online global teacher education and helping our candidates and alumni thrive.

Distance Education Accrediting Commission
Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency, and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
CAEP is the principal accrediting body for schools of education in the United States. We were the first online program to be accredited by CAEP.

The Arizona Department of Education
The Arizona Department of Education reviews and approves all programs operating in Arizona and leading to a teaching license.

At Moreland University, we offer flexible programs with monthly cohort start dates, enabling you to apply and enroll at any time.