Teaching is an exciting and rewarding profession. The opportunity to shape young minds and develop the next generation of America's leaders is a huge responsibility. Teaching requires dedication and commitment, and preparing to teach takes a concerted effort to become a master teacher in content and theory.
In Arizona, to teach in a public school, and a growing number of private and charter schools, you must obtain a teaching certificate. To obtain a standard teaching certificate you must pass the Arizona Education Proficiency Assessment. The state requires a strong background in liberal arts with additional coursework in the theory and practice of teaching, as well as a field based practicum or student teaching.
There are many avenues to obtaining the education you need to qualify for a state teaching certificate. Most public and private colleges and universities offer programs to fulfill these requirements. Many community college and university programs have partnerships developed to facilitate the process of earning a bachelor’s degree and certification. The Maricopa County Community College District is the largest community college district, and offers the greatest variety of program options in Arizona.