Arizona school district teachers are required to have a valid Arizona teaching certificate, and all public school educators are required to have a fingerprint clearance card.
As of 2015, approximately 62,000 certified Arizona educators are employed in the state – a fraction of the 170,000 educators certified by the Board. Learn more about educator certification.
State law requires educators providing instruction in all public schools to have a valid Arizona fingerprint clearance card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Some arrests may lead to the suspension or revocation of a person’s fingerprint clearance card – effectively barring the person from the classroom while the fingerprint clearance card is invalid. Get more information about fingerprint clearance cards.