Congratulations! You’re now enrolled and well on your way toward becoming a teacher! As you work toward fulfilling your dream, it’s not uncommon for a few questions to arise. Read our Enrolled Candidates FAQ to find the answers you’re looking for! We value transparency, so if you have another question not answered on this page, feel free to submit a new question using the form at the bottom of the page.
Watch our informational video to learn how to become eligible to start teaching!
Your Pre-Service Training is composed of two self-paced requirements: (1) Completing your online courses, known as your Classroom Readiness Training (2) Completing your 9 hours of Field-Based Experience.
The curriculum is organized around six main constructs for learning: The Teacher, The Learner, Lesson Planning, Instructional Strategies, Assessing Learning, and The Learning Environment. There are multiple courses within each construct that help the prospective teacher understand the pedagogy behind their role as an educator in the classroom. Please visit our How to Become Eligible page for samples of the coursework you will engage within each construct.
Classroom observations, also known as Field-Based Experiences (FBE hours) are introductory classroom experiences. This involves reflective observation of EC-12 students, teachers, and faculty/staff members engaging in educational activities in a school setting. Your hours may be completed fully online, and you can find them in your Intern Portal in the “Field Observation & Reflection” course housed within the “Training Progress” page.
A total of 9 hours are required. You may complete all 9 hours fully online. Be sure to review the “Field-Based Experience” page for more details and to let us know if you have any questions.
The Classroom Readiness Training and Test Preparation modules are always available 100% online.
Our typical grading time is 3-5 business days, however, there are occasional times when it could take longer.
Yes, you have multiple attempts to pass your projects. Our instructors will provide you with guided feedback to ensure you succeed.
We’re always happy to provide you with more feedback! For any questions or clarification regarding grades or project feedback, please email us at CurriculumSupport@TexasTeachers.org.
Our online instructors are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the training content and curriculum. You can reach them from any page by clicking on the question mark icon. If you can’t find one on the current page, you can always find the help icon on the left slide of your main dashboard. Also, feel free to email us with a specific question at CurriculumSupport@TexasTeachers.org.
For technical issues with Canvas, please take a screenshot of the page on which you are experiencing an issue. Then, you should contact the Canvas support team by clicking on the question mark icon (available on most pages). If you cannot locate the question mark icon, there is always a help button on the left-side menu on your main dashboard. You can also email us at CanvasSupport@TexasTeachers.org.
If you are unsure about what is required of you or have a specific question regarding your personalized training path, please reach out to an Advisor at Teach@ArizonaTeachers.org.
Upon employment, you will be required to pass three different exams:
1. Subject Knowledge Exam: Recieve passing scores or qualify for a waiver.
2. Professional Knowledge Exam: Recieve passing scores or qualify for a waiver.
3. Arizona and U.S. Constitution Exam: Recieve passing scores or meet college coursework exemptions.
No, you do not. You may complete your Classroom Readiness Training and Field-Based Experience Hours in any order. Some candidates chose to take required state exams prior to teaching, but this is optional.
All Arizona state tests are administered through the testing vendor Pearson. To register for exams, please visit the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments site. For more details regarding test preparation, please view this page.
Typically, candidates take exams during their first year teaching in the classroom, although you have the option to take all three exams prior to teaching.
We offer a wide variety of suggested resources, including test preparation discounts, on our Arizona State Testing page. Finally, we encourage you to join our Official Arizona Teachers Facebook Community to connect with your peers to share study tips and ask/give advice.
We encourage you to take additional subject tests to meet federal highly qualified status. This will help increase your marketability as a candidate for a teaching position. For more tips on how to increase your marketability, please read our Marketability Guide.
Absolutely! You ultimately choose which districts to apply with, but Arizona Teachers has a team of representatives that work closely with schools across the state. We provide thousands of candidate lists, by request, to schools every year, and host both in-person and virtual job fairs. We notify candidates regarding teacher hiring events and list the schools that have recently requested our candidates. We also provide a wealth of resources to help you prepare to get your first teaching job, from online webinars and seminars to resume review services and portfolio guidance.
To get hired, you will need to first complete all three requirements of your Pre-Service Training. Once completed, you must submit fingerprints to undergo a national criminal history background check to obtain your Alternative Teaching Certificate. You may apply for your Alternative Teaching Certificate through the Arizona Department of Education.
We recommend starting your job search as soon as you have completed your three Pre-Service Training requirements.
You should call the school Human Resources department, as each district application is unique.
Congratulations! After you receive a job, it is extremely important to submit the “I Got a Job” form in your Intern Portal under Main Menu > Employment.
You will need to apply for an Alternative Teaching Certificate through the Arizona Department of Education.
To start the process of applying for your Alternative Teaching Certificate, you will need to gather all required documents: IVP Clearance Card (fingerprint card), all official transcripts, and a Verification Letter.
To obtain your Verification Letter from Michigan Teachers, you must first complete your Pre-Service Training. Once completed, please inform us via email or phone. We will then generate your Verification Letter which will be delivered via email and available for download in your Intern Portal.
After accepting employment, you must submit the “I Got a Job” form located in your Intern Portal as soon as you accept an offer to teach. Once submitted, we will verify your employment and send you an email with instructions to apply for your Alternative Teaching Certificate through the Arizona Department of Education.
An Alternative Teaching Certificate is only issued to candidates pursuing certification through an educator preparation program, such as Arizona Teachers. It is valid for two years from the date of issuance and may be extended yearly for no more than two consecutive years. A Standard Teaching Certificate is issued to teachers upon successful completion of the program. The Standard Teaching Certificate is valid for 12 years and can be renewed.
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