How to Obtain an Arizona Substitute, K-12 Certificate

An Arizona Substitute Certificate can be obtained through the Arizona Department of Education.  Mesa Public Schools does not issue certificates.  

You will need the following items to apply for the certificate:

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