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. To find more information on fingerprint clearance cards, go to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, or click here.