Arizona Substitute Teaching License

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The Arizona Department of Education issues Substitute Teaching Certificates to qualified applicants. Holders of a Substitute Teaching Certificate may only work for 120 days in the same school each school year and may not accept a contract teaching position in Arizona.

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Education Requirements

You must have a bachelor’s degree in any subject to receive a Substitute Teaching Certificate.

Want to learn how to earn a professional teaching certification? Contact schools offering teaching certification programs in Arizona.

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Experience

School districts vary in their experience requirements for substitute teachers. Contact your local district for their requirements. Substitute teaching experience does not count towards a student teaching practicum or towards the experience requirements necessary to obtain a Provisional or Standard Teaching Certificate.

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Criminal History Background Check

Arizona requires all applicants for teaching certification to submit to a criminal background check, which includes fingerprinting. Call the Arizona Department of Public Safety at (602) 223-2279 and request an Identity Verified Prints (IVP) Fingerprint Card. You will be given instructions on where to go to complete this process. You must submit a photocopy of your valid IVP card with your Application for Certification.

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Additional Information

Substitute Teaching Certificates are valid for six years and are renewable. File the Application to Renew a Substitute or JROTC Certificate to do so.

Once you have a Substitute Teaching Certificate, apply at your local school district to become a substitute. Some districts may allow you to choose the school and/or grade level in which you substitute teach. A listing of all Arizona public school districts can be found here.

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Deadlines

Application deadlines for substitute teachers vary from one school district to the next. Contact your local school district for their deadlines.

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Contact Information

Contact your local school district for information about becoming a substitute teacher. If you have any questions about obtaining the Arizona Substitute Teaching Certificate, contact the Arizona Department of Education-Certification Unit at (602) 542-4367.

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