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Arizona Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification

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Alternative Secondary Path to Certification

Meet the minimum requirements to teach in this state.

Alternative Secondary Path to Certification (ASPC) Program Components

• Funded by the Transition to Teaching grant from the US Dept. of Education
• May be eligible for tuition reimbursement
• Application, prescreening and formal interview process
• Pre-service training
• Participants are employed as a full-time Teacher of Record
• On going two-year training program consisting of college level course work, four semesters of student teaching and embedded professional development

• Two year beginning teacher district induction and mentoring program
• On-going formative and summative evaluations throughout the two year program
• Under No Child Left Behind, participants enter the classroom as a “highly qualified” teacher by taking and passing the AEPA Subject Knowledge exam.

• Upon successful completion of the two-year teaching preparation program and a passing score on the Professional Knowledge Exam of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment participants receive an Institutional recommendation for their provisional teaching certificate

• Commitment to teach in high-needs district, minimum 3 years.

Alternative Secondary Path to Certification (ASPC) Program Eligibility

The ASPC targets Mid-Career Professionals and Recent College Graduates

• A minimum of a Bachelors Degree required
• 3.0 or higher overall GPA
• Major or 24 hours in content area
• Passing Score on the Subject Knowledge portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment in content area

• Valid Fingerprint Clearance Card
• Official Verification form and Teaching Intern Certificate Acknowledgement Form verified and signed by district and university designee

Teacher Preparation Program

Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) Components

• Application, prescreening and formal interview process
• Pre-service training
• Participants are employed as a full-time Teacher of Record
• On going two-year training program consisting of college level course work, four semesters of student teaching and embedded professional development

• Two year beginning teacher district induction and mentoring program
• On-going formative and summative evaluations throughout the two year program
• Under No Child Left Behind, participants enter the classroom as a “highly qualified” teacher by taking and passing the AEPA Subject Knowledge exam.

• Upon successful completion of the two-year teacher preparation program and a passing score on the Professional Knowledge Exam of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment participants receive an Institutional recommendation for their provisional teaching certificate

TPP Eligibility

The TPP targets Mid-Career Professionals, Recent College Graduates and Certified Teachers pursuing a Special Education certificate

• A minimum of a Bachelors Degree required
• Passing score on the Subject Knowledge portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) (Cross Category 22 for Certified Teachers)

• Valid Fingerprint Clearance Card
• Official Verification form and Teaching Intern Certificate Acknowledgement Form verified and signed by district and university designee.

Adjunct Teacher Initiative

Components

• Participating candidate is employed by a community business
• Business partners with local school district in ATI program; minimum 2 year commitment preferred
• Business conducts pre-screening and formal interview process.
• Business supports interested participants through progress
• Business allows participants two hours leave time to teach at local school district
• Participant/business collaborate work school.

Eligibility

• Degree with 24 hours in core academic area (biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics)
• Application, prescreening and formal interview process
• Preservice training
• Participants commit to tutoring (one on one or small group, classroom instruction) in a partnering district’s grades 7-12 classroom

• Participants, mentor and principal will determine readiness to teach subject one period per day without mentor supervision.

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