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Once you’ve built a solid foundation after completing your classroom preparation and training, it’s time to strengthen the skills you’ve acquired by putting them into practice in the classroom! During your first year teaching on your Alternative Teaching Certificate, you’ll earn full pay and benefits while also receiving guidance from your Arizona Teachers Program Supervisor – a trusted and experienced mentor who will offer advice, support, and encouragement.


Learn what documentation you'll need to obtain your Alternative Teaching Certificate and start teaching.

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As required by the Arizona Department of Education, to work in a classroom, you must obtain your Arizona Department of Public Safety Identity Verified Prints (IVP) fingerprint clearance. You may apply for your IVP Clearance Card through the Arizona Department of Public Safety.


To obtain your Alternative Teaching Certificate, you will need to provide an Enrollment Verification Letter. To obtain your Enrollment Verification Letter, you must first complete all Pre-Service Training Requirements (Classroom Readiness Training, SEI Course & 9 Hours of Field-Based Experience). Upon completion, please inform Arizona Teachers. Once confirmed, we will provide you with your Enrollment Verification letter via your intern portal.

You must apply for your Alternative Teaching Certificate through the Arizona Department of Education. You will need your IVP Clearance Card, Enrollment Verification Letter, and official transcripts. Additionally, you may submit your AEPA or NES official score report, if you have them. Please note that on your application, you will be required to answer a short series of questions to undergo a background check.


Once you have accepted employment, please let us know by submitting the “I Got a Job” form, located in your Intern Portal!


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Your program fee is only due
once you are hired as a full-time teacher.


Learn what tasks you'll carry out to successfully complete your Internship Year.

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Excellence in Teaching and Learning Coursework: While teaching in the classroom, you must complete both additional online coursework and your Excellence in Teaching and Learning coursework, which includes projects to address specific learning objectives.

Receive Passing Scores on State Tests: 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.

All Arizona state tests are administered through the testing vendor Pearson. To register for exams, please visit the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments site.

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Receive Program Supervisor and Principal Recommendation: During your first year, your Program Supervisor will observe your classroom three times and submit a recommendation for your approval to earn your Standard Certificate.

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Texas Teachers Exempt Countries

Texas Teachers currently recognizes these SBEC-approved countries:
  • American Samoa
  • Angulia
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Austrailia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grand Cayman
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Trinidata/ Tobago
  • Turks and Calcos
  • United Kingdom
  • US Pacific Trust