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Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments

What Tests Do I Need to Take?

Please refer to the following table for information about tests required for certification.

Type of Certification
or Endorsement
Tests Required
Professional Knowledge Test Subject Knowledge Test(s) Consti­tutions of the United States and Arizona*** Admin­istrator Tests
Arts Education Certification
(PreK to 12)
check Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
or
check Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
check Art
or
check Music
or
check Dance
or
check Theater
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Early Childhood Certification
(Birth to Grade 3)
check Professional Knowledge—Early Childhood

check Early Childhood Education

check
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Early Childhood Endorsement
(Birth to Grade 3)

check Early Childhood Education


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Elementary Certification
(Grades K to 8)
check Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary

check Elementary Education (Subtests I and II)

check
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Reading Endorsement K to 8
check Reading Endorsement K to 8 blank blank
Reading Endorsement 6 to 12
check Reading Endorsement 6 to 12 blank blank
Reading Endorsement K to 12
check Reading Endorsement K to 8
and
check Reading Endorsement 6 to 12
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Middle Grades Certification
(Grades 5 to 9)
check Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
or
check Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
check one or more middle grades or secondary subject knowledge tests (see Tests for available fields)
check
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Secondary Certification
(Grades 6 to 12) dagger
check Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
check one or more subject knowledge tests dagger
(see Tests for available fields)
check
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Special Education Early Childhood
Certification
check Special Education: Early Childhood
check Early Childhood Education
check
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Special Education
Hearing Impaired
check Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
check Special Education: Hearing Impaired
check
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Special Education Mild/Moderate Disabilities check Special Education
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check
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Special Education Moderate/Severe Disabilities check Special Education: Severely and Profoundly Disabled
check Elementary Education (Subtests I and II)
check
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Special Education Visually Impaired check Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary check Special Education: Visually Impaired
check
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Speech-Language Pathologist blank check Special Education: Speech and Language Impaired*
check
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Career and Technical
Education Certification
check Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary** blank
check
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Administrator Certification:
Superintendent
Principal
Supervisor
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check Super­intendent Sub­tests ­I and II
check Prin­cipal ­Sub­tests ­I and II
check Super­visor
Subject Matter
Expert Certification
(Grades 6 to 12)
check Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary double dagger blank
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* Not required for individuals who hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or who have passed the national exam.

** Candidates have three years under a valid teaching certificate to fulfill this requirement.

*** 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, in which case this requirement must be met in one year. The successful completion of appropriate college coursework covering the Arizona and U.S. Constitutions may also be used to meet this requirement,

dagger The secondary certificate requires an approved area for grades 6 to 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.

double dagger Candidates have two years under a valid teaching certificate to fulfill this requirement.

Special Education Exam Requirements Changes

The Arizona Board of Education has made changes to the exam requirements for the Standard Professional Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Moderate/Severe Disabilities, and Early Childhood Special Education certificates. A transition period was also approved which will allow applicants to use either the previously approved exams or the newly approved exams if their application is submitted on or before October 1, 2019. A table illustrating the new exam requirements can be found on the ADE Certification Unit's website .

New Mathematics Certification Area

The NES Mathematics (Middle Grades and Early Secondary) test is available for candidates seeking certification to teach in the areas of Algebra I, Geometry, Statistics and Probability, General Mathematics, and Foundational Mathematics in grades 6 to 12. Learn more about the three approved Mathematics areas for certification.

New Options to Waive Certification Exams

Recent legislation provides additional options for Certification applicants to meet Professional Knowledge, Subject Knowledge, and Administrator exam requirements. For further information on these options, please review Exam Waivers, Certification Updates 2017 on the ADE Certification Unit's website .

Attaching a Middle Grades Approved Area to a Teaching Certificate

Teachers holding a valid elementary 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 test(s). Teachers holding a valid secondary certificate must have a secondary approved area prior to adding a middle grades approved area to their certificate. Please visit the ADE Certification Unit's website for more information.

Approved Area Test Required
Middle Grades General Science Middle Grades General Science
or
General Science
Middle Grades Language Arts/Reading Middle Grades English Language Arts
or
English Language Arts
Middle Grades Mathematics Middle Grades Mathematics
or
Mathematics (Middle Grades and Early Secondary)
or
Mathematics
Middle Grades Social Studies Middle Grades Social Science
or
Social Science

Out-of-State Teacher Candidate Certification

Persons 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. Persons holding a valid and comparable out-of-state certificate should review the Reciprocity information on the ADE Certification Unit's website.

Testing Requirements by Test Type

Candidates should review the specific certificate requirements, including exam requirements, by visiting the ADE Certification Unit's website .

  • Professional Knowledge Tests. Candidates must meet the professional knowledge testing requirement for most teaching certificates. Refer to the chart above for which professional knowledge test is required for the type of certification being sought.
  • Subject Knowledge Tests. Candidates must meet the testing requirement in the specific area in which they are seeking certification if a test is offered in that area. Information about test requirements for approved areas in which AEPA assessments are not offered can be found in the Arizona Educator Exams information on the ADE Certification Unit's website.
  • Constitutions of the United States and Arizona Test. Candidates applying for certification to become a teacher are required to pass an examination or college coursework covering the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona.
  • Administrator Tests. Candidates must take the appropriate school administrator test for the certificate they are seeking (Principal Subtests I and II; Superintendent Subtests I and II; Supervisor).
  • NES Essential Academic Skills Test. A passing score on the NES Essential Academic Skills test is not accepted for an Arizona teaching certificate. Arizona educator preparation programs may require students to take and pass this test.
  • Tests for Additional Approved Areas. A person who holds an Arizona elementary or secondary certificate and applies for an additional approved area must take the relevant subject knowledge test, if one is offered.
  • Tests for Substitutes. Examinations are not required for individuals seeking a substitute certificate.