New subject knowledge tests are required in some fields for Arizona teacher certification, and every test is now administered on computer. Read more.
Please refer to the following table for information about tests required for certification.
|Type of Certification
|Professional Knowledge Test||Subject Knowledge Test(s)||Constitutions of the United States and Arizona (33)†||Administrator Tests|
|Arts Education Certification
| NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
| NES Art
|Early Childhood Certification
|| AEPA Professional Knowledge—Early Childhood (93)
|| AEPA Early Childhood Education (36)
|Early Childhood Endorsement
|| AEPA Early Childhood Education (36)
| NES® Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
|| NES Elementary Education (Subtests I and II)
|Reading Endorsement K–8||AEPA Reading Endorsement K–8 (46)|
|Reading Endorsement 6–12||AEPA Reading Endorsement 6–12 (47)|
| NES® Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
||one or more subject knowledge tests
(see "Test Selection" for available fields)
| NES® Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary*
||one or more special education specialty fields (see "Test Selection")|
|Special Education Early Childhood
| AEPA Professional Knowledge—Early Childhood (93)
||AEPA Special Education: Early Childhood (23)|
|Career and Technical
|NES® Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary**|
AEPA Principal (81)
AEPA Supervisor (82)
*Applicants for the Special Education: Early Childhood certificate must take and pass the AEPA Professional Knowledge—Early Childhood test. Applicants for all other Special Education Certificates must take and pass the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary test whether intending to teach at the elementary or secondary grade levels unless this requirement is waived under current reciprocity rules. Please check the ADE Certification Unit's website at www.azed.gov/educator-certification/ or contact the ADE directly for reciprocity information.
**The NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary test must be taken and passed before issuance of a Standard Career and Technical Education Certificate or before the renewal of a Provisional Career and Technical Education Certificate.
†Candidates have three years under a valid teaching certificate to fulfill this requirement, unless they are teaching a course in history, government, social studies, citizenship, law, or civics. Candidates teaching courses in the above-named areas have one year to fulfill the requirement.
The secondary certificate requires an approved area for grades 7–12. Therefore, a middle grades subject knowledge test may not be used as the first subject knowledge test required for a secondary certificate. Once a secondary certificate is issued, a middle grades approved area may be attached to the certificate as an additional approved area.
Candidates Seeking Certification in Social Studies
To meet the highly qualified requirements, candidates for grades 9 through 12 must show on official transcripts from an accredited institution 24 credit hours of college coursework in Economics, Geography, History, or Political Science/American Government, or must pass one of the following tests:
- AEPA Economics (35)
- AEPA Geography (04)
- NES History
- AEPA Political Science/American Government (06)
Attaching a Middle Grades (7–8) Approved Area to a Teaching Certificate
Teachers holding a valid elementary or secondary teaching certificate who want to attach a middle grades approved area (general science, language arts/reading, mathematics, and social studies) to their certificate must pass the corresponding NES test(s), unless the approved area or the corresponding secondary area (English, mathematics, social studies) is already posted on their certificate. Please visit the ADE Certification Unit's website at www.azed.gov/educator-certification/ or contact them directly for more information about requirements for these approved areas.
|Approved Area||NES Test Required|
|Middle Grades General Science||Middle Grades General Science|
|Middle Grades Language Arts/Reading||Middle Grades English Language Arts or English Language Arts|
|Middle Grades Mathematics||Middle Grades Mathematics or Mathematics|
Out-of-State Teacher Candidate Certification
Persons certified by states other than Arizona or trained by out-of-state institutions may also need to take some or all applicable assessments for the type of certificate(s) and/or endorsement(s) sought. Please check the ADE Certification Unit's website at www.azed.gov/educator-certification/ or contact the ADE directly to confirm your AEPA testing requirements based on current reciprocity guidelines.
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