Arizona Alternative
Teacher Certification

Apply today and begin your journey to the classroom in Arizona.

The Road to Teacher Certification in
Arizona is Simple

In Arizona, alternative teacher certification allows individuals to become teachers without a traditional education degree. If you're interested in starting a teaching career and have a bachelor's degree, iteach is here to help. Get started in your teaching career with full pay in as little as eight weeks, thanks to our accredited program's rigorous training and certification requirements. Find out what makes iteach the most trusted alternative teacher certification program in Arizona.

  • Apply and Enroll
  • Train and Prepare
  • Teach with Full Pay
  • Get Licensed

Apply and Enroll

1-2 Weeks on Average

It’s time to be the teacher
you’ve always wanted to be.

Train and Prepare

8-12 Weeks on Average

Once you enroll, complete the following requirements to start teaching in the classroom.

Teach with Full Pay

1 year

You will complete a one-year (two-semester) paid residency/ field experience where you will be employed full-time as a teacher in your content field. In this position, you receive the salary and benefits of a first-year teacher.

Get Licensed

2-4 Weeks on Average

  • Submit official university transcripts that include your graduating GPA
  • Complete Introductory Course 5000
  • Pay your $99 enrollment fee
  • Acknowledge your Letter of Agreement
Online/ Self-Paced Pre-Hire Instructional Coursework

Pre-Hire Courses include:

  • TCAZ 5100 – Learning Environments
Pass your Content Exam(s)
  • Prior to hiring, you must pass the AEPA/NES test in the content area in which you are pursuing your certification.
  • We know testing can be stressful, but we have been there and are here to help you with free test preparation resources.
Set up your Payment Plan
Once everything is complete, you will request your Program Verification and submit it to the Arizona Department of Education.
Prepare for your Residency
  • You must secure your own residency/ field experience position through a district application and interview process. 
  • Check out our teacher job board to find opportunities near you.
  • Submit Intent to Hire to iteach
Supervision During Residency

During the residency/ field experience, you will be assigned a highly experienced supervisor who will visit your classroom periodically, offer guidance and support, and work closely with the campus administration to ensure you are successful.

Complete Coursework
  • For Elementary and SPED: 
    • 6004 Responsive Literacy in the Elementary Classroom (K-3)
    • 6005 Critical Reading and Writing Instruction (4-8)
  • For Secondary
    • 6005 Critical Reading and Writing Instruction (4-8)
  • Successfully complete your field experience
  • Paid your program fee in full
  • Submit your request for your Institutional Recommendation

    Arizona Program
    Admission Requirements

    Take the first step to acceptance into our training program. Here are our admission requirements:

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    Bachelor’s Degree

    Your degree must be from an accredited college or university.

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    Minimum 2.50 GPA

    Submit official university transcripts that include your graduating GPA on your official transcripts.

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    Content Area

    iteach can help you get certified for specific subject areas. All teachers must meet specific criteria set by the state of Arizona to teach a subject. This requirement is often referred to as your “certification area” or your “content area.” Find out the content areas iteach can help you get certified to teach.


    Arizona Pricing

    Our pricing was created with you in mind. $0 to apply. $99 to enroll. 

    $0 to Apply

    Complete an online application in just a few minutes and take the first step toward your new teaching career.

    $99 to Enroll

    Once accepted, you pay your $99 enrollment fee and you can immediately begin taking your first course.

    $4,449 Total Cost

    Pay $99 / month until you start your two-semester field experience. Pay your remaining balance in interest-free installments during your field experience, for which you will receive full pay.

    What You Get:

    • Robust CAEP-certified online courses
    • Onsite 1:1 supervision throughout your teaching residency
    • Opportunity to earn up to 12 graduate credits toward a master's degree
    • Subscription to Teaching Channel’s 1,600 video library showcasing instructional practices
    • Enrollment in innovative test preparation courses to help you pass your state-required exams

    Arizona Teacher Certification

    Content Areas

    Download the Arizona
    Alternative Certification Guide

    Need more information about alternative certification in Arizona?
    Complete the form below, and we will send you all the information you
    need about our program.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You may apply at any time; iteach enrolls students on a continual basis. 

    No. No matter what bachelor’s degree you have, it’s your subject matter expertise, combined with your successful completion of our program, that makes you eligible to teach.  We’ll teach you what you need to know and do in order to be a successful teacher yourself. 

    You must pass the AEPA/NES Exam in your desired content area or be approved by admissions to use your major in that content area.

    No, iteach is not an institution of higher education. Therefore, the program does not qualify for financial aid.

    You can complete all program-required instructional coursework within as little as three months. The entire iteach program, including your teaching residency, is designed to be completed within one school year. However, you have two full school years to find a teaching position as long as you are enrolled in the iteach program. Once hired, you must complete all program requirements during your two-semester field experience.

    What People Are Saying

    Libby, a high school teacher from Texas, talks with ABC News about how iteach allowed her to transition from a career in performing arts to achieving her dream of teaching dance.

    “If I had decided to go back to a college for education, it would have taken me years to finish with multiple student loans and thousands of dollars. Iteach was an affordable way to get into the classroom. I love being a teacher. If anyone had ever considered being a teacher, this is a great opportunity for them.” – Libby Claycomb

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