Teaching Degrees in Arizona

If you are considering pursing a teaching degree in Arizona, or planning to transfer from another state, there is a wealth of information available to help you navigate the process of obtaining certification. Resources found here include:

  • The value of a bachelor’s versus master’s degree
  • Grants and scholarships available for education majors
  • Teaching certifications and renewal

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully accredited teaching degrees in Arizona.

Teaching Degrees in Arizona

To become a teacher in Arizona, a candidate must have at least a bachelor’s degree. There are currently 21 colleges and universities that offer approved and accredited teacher preparation programs in the state.

New teachers can expect to make about $32,000 per year, while the state average of all levels of teachers is just over $46,000 per year. In Arizona, 41.6 percent of teachers possess a master’s degree. Those with higher-level degrees earn $3,040 per year more than their counterparts with only a bachelor’s degree.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Arizona

Students considering a teaching degree in Arizona will find many funding options, including the scholarships and grants listed below:

The Wilma Hoyal-Maxine Chilton Memorial Scholarship
The Wilma Hoyal-Maxine Chilton Memorial Scholarship is available to non-freshmen students pursuing a degree in special education at select universities in Arizona.

Arizona State University Teaching Scholarships
Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College offers over 95 scholarships for students pursing degrees in education.

Mesa Community College Scholarships and Grants
This community college offers several teacher-specific scholarships and grant opportunities to undergraduate students pursuing a teaching degree in Arizona.

Teacher Appreciation Scholarships at University of Phoenix
The University of Phoenix offers twenty full scholarships to students pursuing either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in education.

Grand Canyon University TEACH Grant
Students willing to work in areas or subjects with teacher shortages may be eligible to receive $3,712 per year with the federal TEACH grant. If work commitments aren’t met, the grant reverts to a loan.

Eastern Arizona College Teacher Scholarships
Eastern Arizona College offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students working toward education-related degrees.

Yavapai College Prospective Teacher Grant
The Yavapai County Education Foundation offers a $500 need-based grant to students pursing a teaching degree in Arizona.

Arizona Teacher Certification

Arizona has several paths that lead to becoming a certified teacher. The Arizona Department of Education certifies new teachers on a provisional three-year certification.To be eligible, new teachers must have:

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree or have two years of full-time classroom teaching experience alongside 45 hours of education credit, or have a valid education certificate from another state.
  • Passing score on the NEW Assessment of Professional Knowledge, or the AEPA Professional Knowledge exam
  • Fingerprinting and criminal background check

Important Note: Pennsylvania has reciprocity agreements with several other states, by means of their participation in an Interstate Agreement defined by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. The credentials that must be satisfied for reciprocity are defined by the Arizona Department of Education.

Professional educators in Arizona must renew their certification every six years. The requirements for renewing a teaching certification include:

  • 45 clock hours or three semester hours of approved Augmented Provisional SEI training
  • 45 clock hours or three semester hours of completed SEI training

Additional Resources about Teaching in Arizona

Arizona Department of Education
Provides information on the state’s department of education, education related policies and teaching in the state of Arizona.

Arizona Educational Association
The largest member organization of educators in the state. Provides grants and resources for public schools in Arizona.

Arizona Federation of Teachers
An Arizona teacher’s union.

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