The State Board of Education is charged with the approval of alternative teacher and administrator preparation programs. These programs provide an alternative path to certification outside of the traditional four-year university path. At the completion of an alternative preparation program graduates must: 1) hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited postsecondary institution; 2) if applicable, demonstrate professional knowledge and subject knowledge proficiency; 3) obtain a fingerprint clearance card; 4) if applicable, complete training in structured English immersion; 5) if applicable, complete training in research-based systematic phonics instruction; and 6) demonstrate the required proficiency in the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona.
Pursuant to A.R.S. § 15-501.01, the Board adopted a process for the approval of alternative preparation program providers that is substantially different and less restrictive than the process for traditional educator preparation programs. Also in accordance with statute, the Board created a pathway for school districts and charter schools to "grow their own" educators through a Classroom-Based Alternative Preparation Program. Providers who seek approval as an alternative preparation program or a Classroom-Based Alternative Preparation Program must apply to the Board on the forms provided below.
A review committee (The Alternative Educator Preparation Application Review Committee) appointed by the Board, will review the applications and submit a recommendation within 60 days of receipt of the application based on the requirements outlined in rule. The Review Committee consists of six members: 1) a currently certified professional educator that is a graduate of an alternative certification program; 2) a currently certified professional administrator; 3) a member of the business community; 4) two members of the Certification Advisory Committee; and 5) a representative from the Arizona Department of Education.
Rules and requirements for alternative educator preparation programs may be found here.
The window to submit new Alternative Educator Preparation Program applications is closed. The application window will reopen later this year.
Individuals interested in serving on the Alternative Educator Preparation Application Review Committee, may fill out the form provided below and submit it to [email protected].
Application for Committee