Ariz. Admin. Code § R7-2-610 - Secondary Teaching Certificates

Current through Register Vol. 48, No. 14, April 8, 2022

A. Except as noted, all certificates are subject to the general certification provisions in R7-2-607 and the renewal requirements in R7-2-619.
B. Standard Professional Secondary Certificate - grades six through 12

1. The certificate is valid for three years and is not renewable but may be extended as set forth in R7-2-606(H) or (I).

2. The requirements are:

a. 1. A bachelor's degree,
b. 2. One of the following:
i. a. Completion of a teacher preparation program in secondary education from an accredited institution or a Board-approved teacher preparation program, described in R7-2-604; or
ii. b. Thirty semester hours of education courses which teach the knowledge and skills described in R7-2-602, including at least eight semester hours of practicum in grades six through 12. Two years of verified teaching experience in grades six through postsecondary may substitute for the eight semester hours of practicum; or
iii. c. A valid secondary certificate from another state.
c. 3. A passing score on one or more subject knowledge portions of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment, unless the applicant has a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in a relevant subject area or otherwise qualifies for a waiver of the subject knowledge exam;
d. 4. A passing score on the professional knowledge portion of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment; and
e. 5. A valid fingerprint clearance card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

C. Standard Secondary Certificate - grades six through 12

1. The certificate is valid for six years.

2. The requirements are:

a. A provisional secondary certificate;

b. A passing score on the performance portion of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment. If a performance portion of the Proficiency Assessment has not been adopted by the Board, two years of verified full-time teaching experience may be used to fulfill this requirement; and

c. A valid fingerprint clearance card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

C. Standard Professional Secondary Certificate - grades six through 12 for applications received on and after August 1, 2018.
1. The requirements include all of the following:
a. A bachelor's degree;
b. Completion of a teacher preparation program in secondary education from a Board-approved educator preparation program or from an accredited institution offering substantially similar training, addressing the following topics and any others as required by law:
i. Research-based instructional strategies for delivering differentiated reading instruction, assessment, intervention and remediation to support readers of varying ages and ability levels, including students with dyslexia;
ii. Instructional design and lesson planning, including modifications and accommodations;
iii. The learning environment, including classroom management;
iv. Developmentally appropriate instructional delivery, facilitation and methodologies;
v. Assessing, monitoring and reporting progress;
vi. Teaching students with exceptionalities;
vii. Professional responsibility and ethical conduct;
viii. Twelve weeks of capstone experience as described in R7-2-604 in grades six through postsecondary, which may be completed during the valid period of a teaching intern or student teaching intern certificate; one year of verified fulltime teaching experience in grades six through postsecondary may substitute for the capstone experience requirement. For individuals seeking dual certification, any capstone experience requirements may be met through separate eight-week capstone experiences in each of the certification areas sought.
c. A passing score on one or more subject knowledge portions of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment unless the applicant has a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in a relevant subject area or otherwise qualifies for a waiver of the subject knowledge exam;
d. A passing score on the professional knowledge portion of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment; and
e. A valid fingerprint clearance card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
2. Applicants may meet the requirements in subsection (C)(1)(b) with the submission of an application for the Standard Professional Secondary certificate that includes evidence of two years of verified full-time teaching experience in grades six through postsecondary, and Board-approved or accredited training or coursework which teaches the knowledge and skills described in R7-2-602 and subsections (C)(1)(b)(i)-(vii). One year of verified full-time teaching experience in grades six through postsecondary may be substituted for the capstone experience.

D. Specialized Secondary Certificate - Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics - grades seven through 12

1. The certificate is valid for six years.

2. The requirements are:

a. A bachelor's degree;

b. Completion of training in structured English immersion as prescribed by the Arizona State Board of Education;

c. A valid fingerprint clearance card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

d. One of the following options:

i. Option A - Postsecondary teaching experience - science, technology, engineering or mathematics

(1) Have taught science, technology, engineering or mathematics courses for the last two consecutive years, and for a total of at least three years, at one or more regionally or nationally accredited public or private postsecondary institutions, to be demonstrated by providing written proof of employment from each applicable qualifying post-secondary institution, including specific durations of employment and the nature of the teaching assignment; and

(2) A baccalaureate degree, a master's degree or a doctoral degree in an academic subject that is specific to science, technology, engineering or mathematics or a passing score the professional knowledge portion of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment.

ii. Option B - Work experience - science, technology, engineering or mathematics:

(1) A passing score on the professional knowledge portion of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment;

(2) Have ten or more years of work experience in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, to be demonstrated by providing written proof of employment from each applicable employer, including specific durations of employment and the nature of the assignment; and

(3) Demonstrate adequate subject matter knowledge through either:

a) A baccalaureate degree, a master's degree or a doctoral degree in an academic subject that is specific to science, technology, engineering or mathematics;

b) Twenty-four hours of relevant coursework in an academic subject that is specific to science, technology, engineering or mathematics; or

c) A passing score the professional knowledge portion of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment.

D. Notwithstanding any other provision, individuals seeking a secondary certificate with an approved area in science, technology, engineering or mathematics are exempted from the requirements of a passing score on one or more subject knowledge portions of the Arizona Teacher Proficiency Assessment based on:
1. Verified work experience of five or more years in science, technology, engineering or mathematics; and
2. Demonstrated adequate knowledge of science, technology, engineering or mathematics by:
a. A master's or a doctoral degree in an academic subject that is specific to science, technology, engineering or mathematics; or
b. Twenty-four semester hours of relevant coursework in an academic subject that is specific to science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Notes

Ariz. Admin. Code § R7-2-610
Adopted effective December 4, 1998 (Supp. 98-4). Amended by final rulemaking at 6 A.A.R. 1132, effective March 10, 2000 (Supp. 00-1). Section R7-2-610 amended by emergency rulemaking under A.R.S. § 41-1026 at 8 A.A.R. 2562, effective May 23, 2002 for a period of 180 days (Supp. 02-2). May 23, 2002 emergency rulemaking renewed under A.R.S. § 41-1026 at 8 A.A.R. 5132, effective November 19, 2002 (Supp. 02-4). Amended by final rulemaking at 9 A.A.R. 1605, effective May 5, 2003 (Supp. 03-2). Amended by final rulemaking at 10 A.A.R. 2399, effective July 23, 2004 (Supp. 04-2). Amended by exempt rulemaking at 15 A.A.R. 1838, effective August 29, 2006 (Supp. 09-1). Former R7-2-610 recodified to R7-2-611; new R7-2-610 recodified from R7-2-609at 16 A.A.R. 68, effective December 8, 2008 (Supp. 10-1). Amended by exempt rulemaking at 16 A.A.R. 235, effective December 7, 2009 (Supp. 10-3). Amended by exempt rulemaking at 16 A.A.R. 1249, effective May 24, 2010 (Supp. 10-4). Amended by exempt rulemaking at 21 A.A.R. 2009, effective 8/26/2013. Amended by exempt rulemaking at 24 A.A.R. 195, effective 8/9/2017.

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