How to Obtain an Arizona Substitute, K-12 Certificate
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Official transcript(s) required.
- A photocopy of your valid Arizona IVP fingerprint card (plastic). For more information visit the Arizona Department of Public Safety website or call (602) 223-2279.
- Completed Application for Certification.
- A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER for the amount due, made payable to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE)
Mailing Address Phoenix office: P.O. Box 6490, Phoenix, AZ 85005-6490
Physical Address: 1535 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85007
All requirements for the Substitute Certificate must be met. Certificate is valid for six years and renewable by reapplication. Fees are not refundable.
Certificate entitles the holder to substitute in the temporary absence of a regular contract teacher. An individual who holds a valid Arizona Teaching or Administrator certificate shall not be required to hold a Substitute certificate to be employed as a substitute teacher. The individual holding only a Substitute certificate shall not be assigned a contract teaching position and shall be limited to 120 days of substitute teaching IN THE SAME SCHOOL EACH SCHOOL YEAR. Substitute teaching may not be used to waive the student teaching practicum.
For more information you may contact the Arizona Department of Education at (602) 542-4367 or visit their website at www.azed.gov/educator-certification/.