Teaching in Arizona
Arizona has become a coveted home for many job seekers. From the breathtaking beauty of the Painted Desert and the Grand Canyon, to the richness of its Native American culture and the urban buzz of Phoenix—not to mention the state’s year-round warm temperatures—there’s much to attract both permanent and seasonal residents to the state. The state’s current population boom also makes it a desirable destination for those looking to build a career in teaching—and recent educational changes have made Arizona that much more attractive. These moves, taken in the face of the current economic climate, demonstrate the state’s ongoing commitment to the education of its students.In December 2011, the state applied for, and was awarded, a $25 million Race to the Top III grant. The money has been directed toward a number of initiatives, including the creation of a data system enabling parents, teachers, and administrators to more effectively monitor student and school performance; the implementation of more stringent education standards and teacher training; and the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The state also recently expanded its school-choice program, extending eligibility to students enrolled in underperforming schools, those whose parents are active members of the military, and foster children in the process of being adopted. Arizona’s commitment to education was also demonstrated by seven public high schools making the 2012 U.S. News & World Report Top 500 Gold Medal list. An additional 32 Arizona schools earned silver medals, and 79 earned bronze. The state’s aggressive commitment to legislative reform and increased state-based control will allow its educational community to effectively address the needs of its growing, and increasingly diverse, student population.Arizona teachers must first obtain a bachelor’s degree, and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program in their chosen specialty, before seeking certification. In addition, all applicants for a provisional teaching certificate must obtain a Structured English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement. This requires completion of 45 clock hours or 3 semester hours of state-approved SEI training; an additional 45 clock hours or 3 semester hours must be completed within three years before applying for the Standard Teaching Certificate. Applicants for the provisional teaching certificate must also show proof of completion of a college course in the Arizona Constitution and a course in the U.S. Constitution. For more information on teacher certification, in addition to links and advice regarding documents, the certification process, teacher-preparation programs, and contact information, visit the Arizona teaching certification website.
- Educational Climate in Arizona
- Career Outlook in Arizona
- What are the benefits of becoming a teacher in Arizona?
- How do I become a teacher in Arizona?
- Find schools offering Masters in Education programs in Arizona
Educational Climate in ArizonaIn 2012, Arizona legislators applied for ESEA (“No Child Left Behind”) waiver. In order to qualify, The Arizona Department of Education joined with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the National Center and State Collaborative to explore educational models and better assess school effectiveness. Legislation was also passed to improve teacher and principal evaluations; student academic progress now counts toward 33 to 50 percent of each evaluation score.
What kind of salary can I earn in Arizona?The following are current median salaries for teachers in the state:
- Elementary School Teacher: $39,000
- Middle School Teacher: $39,400
- High School Teacher: $42,000