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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–12)
Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
or
Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
Art
or
Music
or
Dance
or
Theater
 
Early Childhood Certification
Professional Knowledge—Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education

 
Early Childhood Endorsement

Early Childhood Education


 
Elementary Certification
(Grades 1–8)
Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary

Elementary Education (Subtests I and II)

 
Reading Endorsement K–8
Reading Endorsement K–8    
Reading Endorsement 6–12
Reading Endorsement 6–12    
Reading Endorsement K–12
Reading Endorsement K–8
and
Reading Endorsement 6–12
   
Secondary Certification
(Grades 6–12)
Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
one or more subject knowledge tests
(see Tests for available fields)
 
Special Education
Certification
Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary*
one or more special education specialty fields (see Tests)
 
Special Education Early Childhood
Certification
Professional Knowledge—Early Childhood
Special Education: Early Childhood
 
Career and Technical
Education Certification
Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary**  
 
Administrator Certification:
Superintendent
Principal
Supervisor
   
Superintendent Subtests I and II
Principal Subtests I and II
Supervisor
*
Applicants for Special Education Certificates must take and pass the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary test whether intending to teach at the elementary or secondary grade levels.
**
The Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary test must be taken and passed before the extension 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 6–12. 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.

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 6–12. Read more...

Attaching a Middle Grades (6–8) 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 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 Reciprocity information on the ADE Certification Unit's website.

Testing Requirements by Test Type

  • Professional Knowledge Tests. A professional knowledge test is required of all applicants for a teaching certificate. Refer to the chart above for which professional knowledge test is required for the type of certification being sought.
  • Subject Knowledge Tests. Candidates must take a test 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.
    Candidates may need to take additional subject knowledge tests in order to meet federal highly qualified requirements.
  • Constitutions of the United States and Arizona Test. Candidates applying for certification to become a teacher or school administrator are required to pass an examination on the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona or successfully complete ADE-approved coursework in this area.
  • 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.