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State Licensure Requirements

The University’s teacher education program/s meet the licensure requirements in the states listed below. There are two pathways to achieve certification:

1) Direct Apply – states that accept our Arizona-approved program and permit candidates to apply directly for certification, and

2) Reciprocity – states that require candidates of our Arizona-approved program to obtain Arizona certification first before applying for certification in their home state. Review the licensure requirements listed under your state as you prepare for your journey in Education. 

Please review the licensure requirements listed under your state as you prepare for your teacher preparation journey.

California: California teacher licensure programs, are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and teacher candidates, upon graduation and receipt of a University-issued Institutional Recommendation, apply directly to the CCTC for licensure.  

As a teacher candidate in Alabama, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program: 

Clearances: 

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix, the Arizona Department of Education, and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Arizona Professional Knowledge Exam

Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education (MAED/TED-E) and Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teacher Education (MAED/TED-S) candidates are able to submit edTPA to Pearson for official scoring. Note: Local evaluation scoring will not result in an official score report. If a candidate meets their home-state’s cut scores, the candidate can use edTPA score report to meet ADE’s professional Knowledge requirement.

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability. 

 Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week(full-time),at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Alabama teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Alabama teacher candidates will have to include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Alabama licensure.

Alabama Out of State Certificate

Note: Secondary candidates are eligible to apply for a Class B, bachelor’s level license. 

State Agency Contact Information:

Alabama State Department of Education
Mailing Address
PO Box 302101
Montgomery, AL 36104

Physical Address
50 N Ripley St.
Montgomery, AL 36130

Phone: 334-694-4900

Email: comm@alsde.edu

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Alaska, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Alaska Basic Competency Examination

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Praxis Subject Assessment

Reading Exam*: Elementary candidates will demonstrate their ability to teach reading skills by successfully completing:

Teaching Reading: Elementary

Additional requirements:

For professional certification Alaska requires the completion of two three-credit courses in Alaska Studies and Multicultural/Cross-Cultural Communication.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time), at an approved site. For Alaska candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a kindergarten classroom.**

Teacher candidates will be required to complete the Alaska Student Teaching Authorization process. Visit the Alaska Department of Education site for application information, click on the Forms tab, and scroll down to Student Teacher Authorization doc for more information.

Apply for Licensure:

Alaska teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Alaska Department of Education.

Alaska Teacher Certification Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Alaska Dept. of Education & Early Development

Mailing Address 
PO Box 110500 
Juneau, AK 99811-050

Physical Address 
801 West 10th Street, Suite 200  
PO Box 110500  
Juneau, AK 99811-0500

Phone: 907-465-2831 
Fax: 907-465-2441

Email: tcwebmail@alaska.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Arizona, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification

Professional Knowledge Exam

Additional requirements:

Completion of U.S. Constitution and AZ Constitution requirements, either through college coursework in each of these areas or passing score on the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA). Teacher candidates seeking licensure in Arizona will have three years upon issuance of their standard professional license to satisfy this requirement.

US/AZ Constitution AEPA Exam or Continuing Education Coursework

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time), at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom. **

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

State Agency Contact Information:

Arizona Dept. of Education

Mailing Address:

Certification
PO Box 6490
Phoenix, AZ 85005-6490

Physical Address:
1535 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Phone: 602-542-4367

Email: certification@azed.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in California, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances: 

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in order to obtain a Certificate of Clearance and begin the teacher preparation program.

Immunizations: The state of California requires negative TB testing or chest x-ray prior to entering the classroom.

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K – 12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including student teachers. See CA Public Health Officer Order.  

Exams:

Basic Skills Requirement*: Teacher candidates will meet the basic skills requirement for the state in which they reside by choosing one of the pathways.

Please note, candidates seeking to meet the Basic Skills through coursework, or a combination of coursework and exams must have transcripts reviewed by a Credential Analyst. In these cases, the Credential Analyst is required to process a coursework verification form and include the form with the Preliminary Credential recommendation.

Content Knowledge Requirement*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET)

The CA CTC has additional options to meet subject matter competency. Additional options can be reviewed on the CTC website listed below. Candidates may work with their Education Program Specialist to discuss waiving the CSET using another CA approved option.

Elementary candidates

https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/multiple-subject-teaching-credential-(cl-561c)  

Secondary candidates

https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/Single-Multiple-Subject-Credentials-(CL-560C)  

Eligible Secondary content areas include: English/Language Arts, Social Science, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education or Art. 

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for Certification.

edTPA Content Pedagogy Assessment

Additional requirements:

California teacher candidates must complete a two-credit U.S. Constitution course or approved exam.

CPR Certificate must be adult, child, and infant CPR and must follow American Heart Association and/or American Red Cross Guidelines.

For Multiple Subject (Elementary) Candidates, proof of passing scores on the RICA (Reading Instruction Competence Assessment) must be provided.

 Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Apply for Licensure:

California teacher candidates must request a Credential Recommendation from their Credential Analyst who will submit this directly to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

California Initial Teacher Licensure

Early Completion Option:

For qualified candidates, an Early Completion Option (ECO) is available. The Early Completion Option is intended to provide persons who have the requisite skills and knowledge of teaching pedagogy, the opportunity to complete 120 pre-service hours, and clinical practice seminars A & B then opt out of additional coursework.  

Early Completion Option (ECO) students must meet all internship qualifying requirements and passing the NES professional knowledge exam. Candidates must also pass the Teaching Performance Assessment on their first attempt within one year of being issued the intern credential.***

State Agency Contact Information:

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
1900 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95811-4213

Email: credentials@ctc.ca.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

***Contact the College of Education’s California Credential Analyst for more information on the Early Completion Option pathway.

English Learner Authorization/CLAD Certificates and Bilingual Authorizations:    

Requirements for the English Learner Authorization and Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate may be satisfied by coursework completed through a Commission-approved California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) program, passing the appropriate Commission-approved examinations, or through a combination of exams and coursework.

Prior to placement in CTEL coursework, candidates must possess a valid California Teaching Credential, services credential, children’s center instructional permit, or children’s center supervision permit which authorized the holder to provide instruction to pupils in preschool, kindergarten, any of grades 1 to 12 inclusive, or classes primarily organized for adults. 

Note: The following are not acceptable credentials or permits: Emergency Credentials or Permits, Provisional Internship Permits, Short-Term Staff Permits, District Intern Credentials, University Intern Credentials, Exchange Credentials, Sojourn Certificated Employee Credentials, or Services credentials without a special class authorization.

CTEL Pathways for Certification

The educator may complete any of the below pathways to obtain certification:

1) Pass all three of University of Phoenix state-approved CTEL courses with a “C” or better:

a) CTEL/501 – Language and Language Development (4 credits)
b) CTEL/502 – Assessment & Instruction (4 credits)
c) CTEL/503 – Culture and Inclusion (4 credits)

2) Pass all three CTEL exams (www.ctcexams.nesinc.com)

a) CTEL 1: Language and Language Development (test code 031)
b) CTEL 2: Assessment and Instruction (test code 032)
c) CTEL 3: Culture and Inclusion (test code 033)
    i. Educator may register to take 1 or all 3 subtests in a single test session
    ii. Format: Computer-based test (CBT) only

3) Complete a combination of exams and coursework (courses must be passed with a “C” or better). University of Phoenix CTEL courses align with the CTEL exams, so if an educator does not pass one or more of the exams, the educator may enroll in the appropriate CTEL course(s).

a) CTEL/501 (coursework) = CTEL 1: Language and Language Development (test code 031)
b) CTEL/502 (coursework) = CTEL 2: Assessment and Instruction (test code 032)
c) CTEL/503 (coursework) = CTEL 3: Culture and Inclusion (test code 033)

You must complete one of the options below:

  • 3 CTEL courses
  • 3 CTEL exams
  • Pass 2 CTEL exams + 1 CTEL course
  • Pass 1 CTEL exam + 2 CTEL courses

Candidates must complete a minimum of one (1) CTEL course listed above with University of Phoenix. As outlined above, candidates may complete Commission Approved CTEL single courses at other approved institution or CTEL exam components to meet CLAD state requirements. Candidates must provide documentation of course completion and/or exam passing scores.

State Agency Contact Information:
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
1900 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95811-4213

Email: credentials@ctc.ca.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

***Contact the College of Education’s California Credential Analyst for more information on the Early Completion Option pathway.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Colorado, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances: 

For clinical experience and student teaching, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain either a district background check that includes a federal level background check or an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance.  Teacher candidates will need to obtain Colorado Fingerprint Clearance through the Colorado Department of Education at the time they apply for licensure.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching. 

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Early Childhood Candidates:

Early Childhood Education (AZ 036) 

Elementary Candidates:

Secondary Candidates: 

Praxis Subject Assessment (Test Code is dependent upon content area)

Special Education Candidates: 

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary candidates will complete the Professional Knowledge Exam to be eligible for recommendation for teacher certification.

Early Childhood Candidates: 

Education of Young Children (Test Code 5024)

Elementary Candidates: 

Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary (NT051)

Secondary Candidates: 

Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary (NT052)

Reading Exam*: Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education candidates will demonstrate their ability to teach reading skills by successfully completing: 

Teaching Reading: Elementary (Test Code 5205)

Note: Secondary candidates must provide transcripted verification of a minimum of 24 semester credit hours in their secondary endorsement area IF there is no content exam available in the endorsement area. 

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates who signed enrollment agreements prior to 2/10/2021 for a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates who signed enrollment agreements on or after 2/10/2021 will complete a minimum of 200 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.** 

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates who signed enrollment agreements prior to 2/10/2021 will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. Teacher candidates who signed enrollment agreements on or after 2/10/2021 will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 15-week (full-time) at an approved site. For Colorado candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a Kindergarten through 2nd classroom.** 

Apply for Licensure:

Colorado teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Colorado Department of Education. 

Colorado Out-of-State Credentialing Guide

State Agency Contact Information: 

Colorado Dept. of Education 
201 East Colfax Ave. 
Denver, CO 80203

Educator Talent – Licensing 
6000 E Evans Ave 
Building #2, Suite 100 
Denver, CO 80222

Phone: 303-866-6628 
Fax: 303-830-0793

Email: CDELicensing@cde.state.co.us 

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information. 

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Delaware, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances: 

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching. 

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K – 12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including student teachers.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For Delaware candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a Kindergarten through 2nd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Delaware teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Delaware department of education.

Delaware Initial License

Applying for Delaware licensure and certification is a two-step process; candidates must hold both a License and at least one Certificate.  The License authorizes candidates to work in a Delaware public/charter school, and the Certificate(s) identifies the area(s) in which they are authorized to teach. 

State Agency Contact Information:

Delaware Dept. of Education
Licensure & Certification
Collette Education Resource Center
35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
Dover, DE 19904

Phone: 302-857-3388

Email: mailbox.deeds@doe.k12.de.us  

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in the District of Columbia, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances: 

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K – 12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including student teachers.  

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Praxis Subject Assessment

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd grade classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

District of Columbia teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the District of Columbia Public Schools.

District of Columbia Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
1050 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Email: osse@dc.gov

Phone: 202-727-6436

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Florida, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching. 

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside. Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education (MAED/TED-E) and Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teacher Education (MAED/TED-S) candidates will meet the basic skills requirement by successfully completing their program.

Florida General Knowledge Test

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Florida Subject Area Examinations

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete an approved Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Florida Professional Education Test

Clinical Experience (Field Experience): 

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure: 

Florida teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Florida Department of Education.

Florida Initial Teacher License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Florida Dept. of Education
Daniel M. Moore, Bureau Chief Educator Certification 
Room 201, Turlington Building 
325 West Gaines Street 
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

Phone: 1-800-445-6739

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information. 

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Georgia, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program. 

NOTICE: Georgia residents who hold a Clear Renewable Certificate and/or Standard Professional Certificate cannot enroll in a University of Phoenix teacher preparation program. If a Georgia resident obtains a Clear Renewable or Professional Standard Certificate before completing the UOPX degree program, the degree cannot be used for purposes of a certificate upgrade. Additionally, GA candidates who complete a UOPX graduate initial teacher preparation certificate program are not eligible for admission into a UOPX MAED initial teacher preparation degree program.

Clearances: 

Pre-Service Certificate: Candidates who do not hold a current teaching certificate (Induction4 (IN4), Provisional, Permit, or Waiver) will need the Georgia Pre-Service Certificate and will need to also pass the Georgia Ethics Assessment (360)

The Pre-Service Certificate (or Induction4 (IN4), Provisional, Permit, or Waiver) MUST be obtained prior to beginning coursework in the required course of study.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

GACE Assessment

Candidates must take the appropriate GACE assessment based upon their degree program and approved content area (as applicable). Please note, Master of Arts in Education/Special Education candidate will need to take and pass the Special Education General Curriculum GACE.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

NOTICE: Rockdale County Public Schools is not an available site for Clinical Experience and Clinical Practice.

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Clinical practice for all fields must occur in regionally accredited schools, charter schools approved by the Georgia State Charter School Commission, charter schools approved by the Georgia Department of Education, or private schools accredited by a GaPSC-accepted accreditor.

For more guidance on the acceptable clinical practice schools visit the following sites:

NOTICE: Rockdale County Public Schools is not an available site for Clinical Experience and Clinical Practice.

Additional Requirements:

Teacher candidates will have to take and pass the Educator Ethics Program Exit Exam (360) to obtain licensure.

Teacher candidates in the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary programs must earn a grade of ‘B’ or better in a three (3) credit course identifying and educating exceptional children covering all exceptionalities. 

Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education (v7), Graduate Alternative Pathway/Elementary Education Certificate and Graduate Alternative Pathway/Secondary Education Certificate: Candidates’ in these teacher preparation programs who have not already taken this required 3-credit course, or an equivalent, have two options to meet Georgia’s requirements:

  • University of Phoenix Individual Course - University of Phoenix offers SPED/531 Special Education Teaching Methods through individual coursework that will meet this state requirement.
  • Three (3) Credit Course – complete and transfer in a 3-credit Special Education course through any of the Georgia Approved Education Program Providers listed here.

Apply for Licensure:

Georgia teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Georgia Teacher Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Georgia Professional Standards Commission
200 Piedmont Avenue SE 
Suite 1702, West Tower 
Atlanta, GA 30334-9032

Phone: 404-232-2500
Toll Free: 800-869-7775

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information and information on additional requirements.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Guam, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the island territory in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching. 

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the island territory in which they reside.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Praxis Subject Assessment

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam

Additional Requirements: 

Teacher candidates must have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA on degree transcript.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching): 

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time)  at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Guam teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Guam Department of Education.

Guam Certification Requirements 

State Agency Contact Information:

Guam Dept. of Education 
501 Mariner Ave 
Barrigada, Guam 96913

Phone: 671-300-1536 
Fax: 671-472-5003

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above). 

As a teacher candidate in Hawaii, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances: 

Fingerprint Clearance*: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching. Background checks are required for field and clinical placement, conducted by the Hawaii DOE. Candidates must report to specified background check locations to be fingerprinted. Education Program Specialist is responsible for providing candidates information necessary to initiate a background check and coordinate the candidates’ fingerprinting sessions.

Immunizations: The state of Hawaii requires negative TB testing and MMR immunization prior to entering the classroom. Additional immunization verification may be required for admission in accordance with state requirements.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing and Mathematics (Test Code 5752)

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Early Childhood Candidates:
Education of Young Children (Test Code 5024)

Elementary Candidates:
Elementary Education Assessment (Test Code 5006)

Secondary Candidates:
PRAXIS Subject Assessment (Test Code is dependent upon content area)

Special Education Candidates:
Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications (Test Code 5543)

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Exams (Test Code is dependent upon grade range)

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 13-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Hawai’i teacher candidates will apply directly to their state for initial licensure.

Hawai’i Teacher Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Hawai’i Teacher Standards Board
650 Iwilei Road, Suite 268
Honolulu, HI 96817

Phone: 808-586-2600
Toll Free: 808-586-2606

Email: htsb@hawaii.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Idaho, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances: 

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability. 

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site.**

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Idaho teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation to be included in their application for licensure.*

Idaho teacher candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Idaho licensure.

Idaho Application for Out-of-State Candidates

State Agency Contact Information:

Idaho State Dept. of Education
Mailing Address:
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027

Physical Address:
650 W State St, 2nd Floor
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 208-332-6800
Toll Free: 800-432-4601
Fax: 208-334-2228

Email: info@sde.idaho.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Illinois, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances: 

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*:  Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching. 

Please note, some public and private school facilities serving K – 12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including student teachers.  

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

edTPA Content Pedagogy Assessment

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability. 

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For Illinois candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a Kindergarten through 2nd classroom.**

Private schools must be recognized or seeking recognition by the Illinois State Board of Education. The current list of schools recognized or seeking recognition can be found on the ISBE website. (Once on the site, click on block #3 “Can I see a list of registered and recognized schools?” Then look at the recognized school list.)

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Illinois teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates, to be included in their application for licensure.*

Illinois teacher candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) licensure.

Illinois Educator Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777

Physical Address:
650 W State St, 2nd Floor
Boise, ID 83702

Phone: 217-782-4321
Toll Free: 866-262-6663

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Indiana, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances: 

Fingerprint Clearance: To meet program and licensure requirements, teacher candidates will need to obtain Arizona IVP fingerprint clearance and Indiana fingerprint clearance.  

Immunizations*:  Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability. 

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Additional requirements:

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Indiana teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates, to be included in their application for licensure.*

Indiana teacher candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Indiana licensure.

Indiana Original Instructional License Out-of-State

State Agency Contact Information:

Indiana Dept. of Education
Indiana Government Center North
9th Floor 
100 N Senate Ave 
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317-232-6610

Email: licensinghelp@doe.in.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Kansas, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances: 

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix, the Arizona Department of Education and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*:  This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability. 

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Candidates in Kansas must obtain a Student Teaching Permit prior to starting the Clinical Practice/Student Teaching experience. For specifics about the process to obtain a Student Teaching Permit, please reach out to your Education Program Specialist.

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Kansas teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates, to be included in their application for licensure.*

Kansas teacher candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Kansas licensure.

Kansas Initial Teacher License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Kansas State Dept. of Education
Teacher Licensure and Accreditation
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson St., Suite 106
Topeka, KS 66612

Phone: 785-296-2288

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Louisiana, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Early Childhood Candidates:

Elementary Candidates:

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (Test Code 5001)

Secondary Candidates:

Praxis Subject Assessment (Test Code is dependent upon content area)

Special Education Candidates:

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Louisiana teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Louisiana Department of Education.

Louisiana Out-of-State Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Please note, the Louisiana Department of Education does not provide a mailing address for teacher candidates.

Teachlouisiana.net and TeachLALive! Online educator certification portal

http://www.louisianabelieves.com/

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Maine, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Praxis Subject Assessment

Additional coursework:

Secondary Education teacher candidates may need additional content classes based on state requirements. Maine requires 24 credits in content area from undergraduate degree.

Certification and Subject Endorsement Requirements

 Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Maine teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Maine Department of Education.

Maine Initial Teacher Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Maine Dept. of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Phone: 207-624-6600
Fax: 207-624-6700

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Maryland, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: To meet program requirements, teacher candidates will need to obtain a Maryland Fingerprint Clearance Card and/or an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card Teacher candidates will need to obtain Maryland Fingerprint Clearance prior to seeking licensure.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Praxis Subject Assessment 

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

edTPA Content Pedagogy Assessment

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Maryland teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Maryland Department of Education.

Maryland Initial Teacher Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Maryland State Dept. of Education
Certification Branch
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595

Phone: 410-767-0390

Email: certdocuments.msde@maryland.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

The information listed below applies to the following University of Phoenix state-approved educator preparation programs approved by the Arizona Department of Education and offered in this state:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education (BSEd/E)
  • Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education (MAED/TED-E)
  • Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teacher Education (MAED/TED-S)
  • Master of Arts in Education/Special Education (MAED/SPE)

Please note, Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program is not offered in this state. As a teacher candidate in Massachusetts, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills (01)

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they are seeking to teach.

Elementary Candidates:

MTEL General Curriculum (03)

Special Education Candidates:

NES Special Education (NT601)

Secondary Education Candidates:

Multiple MTEL Content Exams

Elementary and Special Education candidates must take and pass the MTEL Foundations of Reading (190) in addition to the exams listed above.

Special education candidates are eligible to apply for a Moderate Disabilities provisional teaching license upon graduation from their Arizona-approved program.  This type of license has two grade ranges:  PreK-8th grade or 5th-12th grade.  Both will require an additional Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education required content knowledge exam.   

Moderate Disabilities – PreK-8th grade

MTEL General Curriculum (03)

Moderate Disabilities – 5th-12th grade, requires one of the following:

Additional Requirements:

Candidates who complete the Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education (BSEd/E); Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education (MAED/TED-E); Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teacher Education (MAED/TED-S); or Master of Arts in Education/Special Education (MAED/SPE) programs will be eligible to apply for a Provisional License. Teachers with a Provisional License must meet Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (MA DESE) Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement requirement within the first five (5) years. The SEI Endorsement requirement can be met within these first five years by (choose one):

  1. Passing the MTEL Sheltered English Immersion (56) exam OR
  2. Passing a MA DESE approved Sheltered English Immersion course

Clinical Experience (Field Experience or Pre-Practicum):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**¹

¹ Massachusetts refers to Clinical Experience (Field Experience) as “Pre-Practicum”

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching or Practicum):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE) currently has two types of Moderate disability license: Prek-8th grade and 5th-12th grade. A candidate’s clinical practice experience needs to be at a site within the grade range they would like a credential in post-graduation.**²

² Massachusetts refers to Clinical Practice (Student Teaching) as “Practicum”

Apply for Licensure:

Massachusetts teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE).

Massachusetts Out-of-State Applicants

State Agency Contact Information:

Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education

Office of Educator Licensure
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

Phone: 781-338-3000
Toll Free: 800-439-2370

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Michigan, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

MTTC Content Knowledge Exam

Additional Requirements:

Teacher candidates must have a valid certificate of course completion for First Aid training that includes CPR for both children and adults. 

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site.**

Apply for Licensure:

Michigan teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Michigan Department of Education.

Michigan Out-of-State Applicants

State Agency Contact Information:

Michigan Dept. of Education
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI  48909

Physical Address:
608 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

Phone: 517-241-5000
Fax: 517-355-4565

Email: MDE-EducatorHelp@Michigan.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Minnesota, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*1: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS)

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Candidates:

Minnesota General Education Teacher Licensure Testing Information

Special Education Candidates:

Minnesota Special Education Teacher Licensure Testing Information

Professional Knowledge Exam*: teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledges Exam for Certification.

Early Childhood Candidates:

Pedagogy: Early Childhood (Birth to Grade 3)

Elementary Candidates:

Pedagogy: Elementary (Grades K-6)

Secondary Candidates:

Pedagogy: Secondary (Grades 5-12)

Special Education Candidates will take one of the following:

1 The basic skills exam is needed when a candidate is ready to apply for a Tier 4 license.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Early Childhood Education candidates must complete clinical experience in all the following age/grade ranges:

  • Infant/toddler,
  • Preschool
  • Kindergarten through grade 3.

Secondary Education candidates must complete clinical experience hours in both the following:

  • Middle level (grades 5 through 8)
  • Secondary (grades 9 through 12) settings

Special Education candidates must complete clinical experience hours in all the following grade ranges:

  • Primary (kindergarten through grade 4)
  • Middle level (grades 5 through 8)
  • Secondary (grades 9 through 12)

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time), at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of K-3rd classroom (but not higher than the grade range of the Early Childhood teaching license in your home-state). **

Apply for Licensure:

Minnesota teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

Minnesota Licensure Requirements (Expand Out-of-State Applicants section)

Note: Master of Arts in Education/Special Education candidates are advised to apply for Special Education: Academic and Behavioral Strategist.

State Agency Contact Information:

Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board

1021 Bandana Blvd. E, Ste 222
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Phone: 651-539-4200

Email: pelsb@state.mn.us

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Mississippi, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

For clinical experience and student teaching, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain either a district background check that includes a federal level background check or an Arizona fingerprint clearance.  Teacher candidates will need to obtain Mississippi fingerprint clearance through the Mississippi Department of Education at the time they apply for licensure.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

A Pre-Service License is required for all clinical placements, including clinical experience (field experience) and clinical practice (student teaching). All candidates apply for this license before they complete any type of clinical experience (field and/or student teaching) in which they will have contact with K-12 schools, either face to face or virtually.

Candidates apply for a Pre-Service license online through the Educator Licensure Management System (ELMS). Candidates will need three forms to be granted Pre-Service:

University of Phoenix will assist with the completion of the IPV form. Candidates must complete their portion of the IPV form and email it back to their Education Program Specialist (EPS). The EPS will have the rest of the form completed by the appropriate college representative. UOPX will then email the completed IPV form back to the candidate so they can upload it into their ELMS account along with their completed License Application and Verification of Lawful Presence form.

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Clinical practice experience must take place in a Mississippi Department of Education accredited schools. Visit https://www.mdek12.org/Accred/index for a list of non-public accredited schools.  

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Mississippi teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.

Mississippi teacher candidates will have to include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Mississippi licensure.

Mississippi Reciprocity License

State Agency Contact Information:

Mississippi Dept. of Education
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771

Phone: 601-359-3483

Email: techersupport@mdek12.org

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Missouri, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

For clinical experience and student teaching, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain either a district background check that includes a federal level background check or an Arizona fingerprint clearance. Teacher candidates will need to obtain Missouri fingerprint clearance through the Missouri Department of Education at the time they apply for licensure.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site.**

Additional requirements:

Completion of U.S. Constitution and AZ Constitution requirements, either through college coursework in each of these areas or passing score on the Arizona Educator Preparation Assessment (AEPA).

US/AZ Constitution AEPA Exam or Continuing Education Coursework

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Missouri teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Missouri teacher candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Missouri licensure.

Missouri Initial Teacher License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Missouri Dept. of Education

Mailing Address:
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Physical Address:
205 Jefferson St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Phone: 573-751-0051

Email: certification@dese.mo.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Montana, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they are seeking to teach.

Praxis Subject Assessment

Additional Requirements:

Introduction to Indian Education for All

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Montana teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Montana Standard Teaching License Information

State Agency Contact Information:

Montana Office of Public Instruction

Attn. Educator Licensure
P.O. Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620-2501

Phone: 406-444-3150

Email: cert@mt.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Nebraska, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they are seeking to teach.            

Nebraska Content Exam Requirements

 Additional requirements:

The below trainings can be met via recent college credits or employment experience within the past immediate five years.Click on each link for more information.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s, or Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 14-week (full-time) at an approved site.**

Some districts require candidates to complete more than the state’s minimum required weeks of student teaching. Candidates must follow the placement guidelines of their district. **

Apply for Licensure:

Nebraska teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Nebraska Department of Education.

Nebraska Teaching Initial Certificate Requirements

State Agency Contact Information:

Nebraska Dept. of Education
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987

Physical Address:
500 S. 84th St., 2nd Floor
Lincoln, NE 68510-2611

Phone: 402-471-2295
Fax: 402-471-0117

Email: NDE.TCERTWEB@nebraska.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Nevada, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

For clinical experience and student teaching, University of Phoenix students are required to obtain either a district background check that includes a federal level background check or an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance.  Teacher candidates will need to obtain  Nevada fingerprint clearance through the Nevada Department of Education at the time they apply for licensure.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For Nevada candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a Kindergarten through 2nd classroom.**

Additional requirements:

Students enrolled in the MAED/TED-S program and residing in the state of Nevada must have a Comprehensive major with transcripted verification of a minimum of 36 credit hours, or a Single Subject major with transcripted verification of a minimum of 30 credit hours in a secondary content area recognized by the Nevada Department of Education prior to admission to the University.

Note: Refer to the Nevada Department of Education web site for a list of recognized endorsement areas and required credit hours for teacher licensure at the secondary level. Endorsement areas listed under the Secondary (7-12) Business and Industry License and Secondary (7-12) Career and Technical Education (CTE) License categories are not eligible for enrollment. 

Secondary Academic Subject Requirements

Graduates will have 3 years to complete the parental involvement and family engagement courses to meet Nevada requirements.  For more information on courses that meet the requirement visit:

NDE Approved PIFE Course Matrix

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Nevada teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.

Nevada teacher candidates will have to include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Nevada licensure.

Nevada Out of State Applicant Information

State Agency Contact Information:

Nevada Dept. of Education
Carson City Office
700 E. Fifth Street
Carson City, NV 89701

Phone: 775-687-9115

Las Vegas Office
2080 E. Flamingo Rd., Suite 210
Las Vegas NV 89119

Phone: 702-486-6458
Fax: 702-486-6450

Email: license@doe.nv.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in New Hampshire, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Praxis Subject Assessment

Reading Exam*: Early Childhood and Elementary teacher candidates will complete the Foundations of Reading Pedagogy Exam to be eligible for certification.

New Hampshire Foundations of Reading Pedagogy Exam

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Apply for Licensure:

New Hampshire teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the New Hampshire Department of Education.

New Hampshire Bureau of Credentialing 

State Agency Contact Information:

New Hampshire Dept. of Education
Bureau of Credentialing
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-3852

Phone: 603-271-2409
Help Desk Site: https://nhdoepm.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/CHD/overview

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in New Jersey, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Effective October 2021, all public and private school facilities serving K–12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including student teachers. 

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

edTPA Content Pedagogy Assessment

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Additional Requirements:

All teacher candidates must meet the Physiology, Hygiene, and Substance Abuse requirement through one of the following options:

1. Evidence of basic military training

2. Completion of a course in biology, health, or nutrition as evidenced by a transcript from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution

3. Complete an online test. You must have a tracking number and an application on file to take this test. Once completed, please email the New Jersey Department of Education at Licensing.Request@doe.nj.gov stating the test has been taken. You will need to include your name and tracking number in the email.

Completion of U.S. Constitution and AZ Constitution requirements, either through college coursework in each of these areas or passing score on the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA).

US/AZ Constitution AEPA Exam or Continuing Education Coursework

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, New Jersey teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

New Jersey teacher candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for New Jersey licensure.

New Jersey Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:
New Jersey Dept. of Education
Certification & Induction
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500

Phone: (609) 292-2070.

Email: Licensing.Requests@doe.nj.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in New Mexico, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Arizona Fingerprint Clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the Arizona Department of Education. In addition, teacher candidates will need to obtain New Mexico Fingerprint Clearance through the New Mexico Department of Education at the time they apply for licensure.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K–12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including student teachers. 

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Additional requirements:

Completion of U.S. Constitution and AZ Constitution requirements, either through college coursework in each of these areas or passing score on the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA).

US/AZ Constitution AEPA Exam or Continuing Education Coursework

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Candidates in the Bachelor’s of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education program must complete 150 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 16-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, New Mexico teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

New Mexico teacher candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for New Mexico licensure.

New Mexico Licensure Application

State Agency Contact Information:

New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Room 103
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: 505-827-5800

Email: LicensureUnit@state.nm.us

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in North Carolina, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Early Childhood Candidates:

AEPA Early Childhood Education (AZ 036)

Elementary Candidates:

Secondary Candidates:
Praxis Subject Assessment (Test Code is dependent upon content area)

Special Education Candidates:

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

edTPA Content Pedagogy Assessment

Please note, the Foundation of Reading exam is in transition from test code 090 to test code 190. Visit the Foundations of Reading website for more information about the transition and the specific exam needed for certification.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s residency pathway will complete a minimum of 12 hours of verified clinical experiences and at lease one placement must be in a low performing school. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate/Graduate Teacher Certification program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. At least one placement must be in a low performing school. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

NOTICE: Onslow County Schools is not an available site for Clinical Experience and Clinical Practice.

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. Candidates in the Graduate Teacher Certification programs who sign an enrollment agreement on or after 7/1/2022 must complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum of 16-weeks (full-time) at an approved site. For North Carolina candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a kindergarten classroom.**

NOTICE: Onslow County Schools is not an available site for Clinical Experience and Clinical Practice.

Apply for Licensure:

North Carolina teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

North Carolina Process for Educator’s License

State Agency Contact Information:

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Mailing Address:
6301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6301

Physical Address:
301 N. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-2825

Phone: 984-716-1800
Toll Free: 800-577-7994

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

Teacher candidates in North Dakota enrolled in the following programs must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing their University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Education/ Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Education/ Secondary Education
  • Master of Arts in Education/Special Education

Teacher candidates in North Dakota enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education will apply for licensure through the Reciprocity pathway after completing their University of Phoenix teacher preparation program and must meet the requirements outlined in the North Dakota (Early Childhood Candidates Only) section.

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside. 

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Praxis Subject Assessment

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam

Additional Requirements:

A North Dakota Department of Public Instruction-approved Native American Studies course must be completed during the two-year validity period of the initial North Dakota teaching license.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site.**

Apply for Licensure:

Teacher candidates in North Dakota enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education (BSED/E), Master of Arts in Education/ Elementary Education (MAED/TED-E), Master of Arts in Education/ Secondary Education (MAED/TED-S) and Master of Arts in Education/Special Education (MAED/SPE) preparation programs will apply for licensure directly to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

North Dakota License Information

State Agencies Contact Information:

North Dakota Dept. of Public Instruction

600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 201
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440

Phone: 701-328-2260

North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board
2718 Gateway Avenue, Suite 204
Bismarck, ND 58503-0585

Phone: 701-328-9641
Fax: 701-328-9641

Email: espbinfo@nd.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education Candidates

As a Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education teacher candidate in North Dakota, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Additional Requirements:

A North Dakota Department of Public Instruction-approved Native American Studies course must be completed during the two-year validity period of the initial North Dakota teaching license.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) preparation program, North Dakota teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure. North Dakota BSEd/ECH teacher candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for North Dakota licensure.*

North Dakota License Information

State Agencies Contact Information:

North Dakota Dept. of Public Instruction
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 201
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440

Phone: 701-328-2260

North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board
2718 Gateway Avenue, Suite 204
Bismarck, ND 58503-0585

Phone: 701-328-9641
Fax: 701-328-9641

Email: espbinfo@nd.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Ohio, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: To meet program and licensure requirements teacher candidates will need to obtain Arizona IVP fingerprint clearance and Ohio.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they are seeking to teach.

Early Childhood Candidates:

Elementary Candidates:

Secondary Candidates:

Multiple Ohio Assessments for Educators (Test code is dependent upon content area)

Special Education Candidates:

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Assessment of Professional Knowledge (Test code is dependent upon certification grade level band)

Master of Arts in Education/Elementary Teacher Education (MAED/TED-E) and Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teacher Education (MAED/TED-S) are able to submit edTPA to Pearson for official scoring. Note: Local evaluation scoring will not result in an official score report. If a candidate meets their home-state’s cut scores, the candidate can use edTPA score report to meet Ohio Department of Education’s Professional Knowledge requirement.

1Elementary Education Subtest I and II will be transitioning to Primary Education PK-5 (055) in 2022.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site.

Additional Requirements:

Candidates seeking an Early Childhood (grades PreK-3), Primary Childhood (grades PreK-5), or any Intervention Specialist license (including multi-age) in Ohio, must successfully complete teaching of reading coursework through an accredited college or university (coursework must be reflected on an official transcript from that institution). This coursework includes:

  • Nine semester hours in the teaching of reading, and
  • A three-semester hour course in the teaching of phonics (in the context of reading, writing and spelling).

Candidates must have completed at least six of the required 12 semester hours of reading and phonics coursework to be issued a standard teaching license in Ohio. All programs offered to Ohio candidates by University of Phoenix meet the initial six (6) credits needed for the standard teaching license. The remaining coursework requirements will be listed as a limitation.  License holders must complete the remaining coursework requirements before they may advance or renew their license.

Apply for Licensure:

Ohio teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Ohio Department of Education.

Out-of-State Licensure

State Agency Contact Information:

Ohio Department of Education
Office of Educator Licensure
25 South Front St., Mail Stop 504
Columbus, OH 43215-4183

Phone: 614-466-3593
Toll Free: 877-644-6338
Fax: 614-752-8406

Email: educator.licensure@education.ohio.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Oklahoma, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*:  Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Oklahoma teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Oklahoma teacher candidates will have to include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Oklahoma licensure.

Oklahoma Traditional Path for Teacher Certification

State Agency Contact Information:

Oklahoma State Dept. of Education
Teacher Certification
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, #212
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105-4599

Phone: 405-521-3337

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Oregon, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program.

Notice: To be eligible to apply for a teaching license via Reciprocity, you must not have previously held an Oregon nonprovisional educator license, or completed an Oregon educator preparation program. See Reciprocal Teaching section of the Application Submission Guidance First License Requirements.

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K – 12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including student teachers. 

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Civil Rights Exam*: Teacher candidates must complete a Civil Rights Exam.

Civil Rights Exam

 Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 15-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Oregon teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Oregon teacher candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona license as part of their application for Oregon licensure.

Oregon Out-of-State Teacher License Information

State Agencies Contact Information:

Oregon Dept. of Education
255 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97310-0203

Phone: 503-947-5600
Fax: 503-378-5156

Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
250 Division St NE
Salem, OR 97301-1012

Fax: 503-378-4448

Email: contact.tspc@tspc.oregon.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Pennsylvania, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: All three Pennsylvania clearances must be submitted to the University of Phoenix prior to teacher candidates completing any clinical experiences in Pennsylvania classrooms. (Pennsylvania requires school administrators collect these fingerprint clearance documents prior to allowing teacher candidates inside classrooms.)

Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check (Act 34). 

Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151).

Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) through the Department of Education

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Bachelor level teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Additional requirements:

Pennsylvania requires a cumulative 3.0 GPA on degree transcript.

Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Education and Graduate Certificate/Secondary Education candidates must have coursework in their selected content area in addition to passing the corresponding content knowledge exam to be licensed as a secondary educator. For out-of-state prepared candidates, PA Department of Education may officially evaluate your transcript upon application for licensure and has final authority to determine if your content area coursework is acceptable.  The following are PA’s secondary content areas. Click on the link to review each content area’s coursework requirements:

Citizenship Education 7-12 – Subject code 8825
Communication 7-12 – Subject code 3200
Computer Science 7-12 – Subject code 1657
English 7-12 – Subject code 3230
Mathematics 7-12 – Subject code 6800
Science-Biology 7-12 – Subject code 8405
Science-Chemistry 7-12 – Subject code 8420
Science-Earth and Space Science 7-12 – Subject code 8440
Science-General Science 7-12 – Subject code 8450
Science-Physics 7-12 – Subject code 8470
Social Studies 7-12 – Subject code 8875

The MAED/TED-S and CERT-AP-S (secondary) teacher programs are not accepting new enrollments at this time.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Pennsylvania teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Pennsylvania Candidate Completed an Approved Program Outside of PA – Licensure Requirements

State Agency Contact Information:

Pennsylvania Dept. of Education
333 Market Street 
Harrisburg, PA 17126

Phone: 717-728-3224 or 717-787-3356

Email: ra-edcertquestions@pa.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Puerto Rico, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the island territory in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K–12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including student teachers. 

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*:  This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Additional requirements:

  • U.S. History course
  • Puerto Rico History course

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Puerto Rico teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Puerto Rico teacher candidates will have to include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Puerto Rico licensure

Puerto Rico Certification Requirements

 State Agency Contact Information:

Puerto Rico Dept. of Education

Mailing Address:
PO Box 190759
San Juan, PR 00919-0759

Physical address:
Ave. Tnte. Cesar Gonzalez, esq. Calle
Juan Calaf, Jr. Industrial three Monjitas
Hato Rey, PR 00917

Phone: 787-759-2000

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Rhode Island, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Praxis Subject Assessment

Professional Knowledge Exam*:  Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam

Additional requirements:

For secondary education teacher candidates, a major or the equivalent in the content area specialization for which certification is sought is required.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For Rhode Island candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a Kindergarten through 2nd classroom.**

Candidates in Rhode Island must obtain a Student Teaching Permit prior to starting the Clinical Practice/Student Teaching experience. For specifics about the process to obtain a Student Teaching Permit, please reach out to your Education Program Specialist.

Apply for Licensure:

Rhode Island teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Rhode Island Certification Requirements and  Applications

State Agency Contact Information:

Rhode Island Dept. of Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-222-4600

Email: eqac@ride.ri.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

Teacher candidates in South Carolina enrolled in the following programs must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing their University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Arts in Education/Elementary
  • Master of Arts in Education/Secondary
  • Master of Arts in Education/Special Education

Teacher candidates in South Carolina enrolled in the Alternative Pathway to Certification programs will apply for licensure through the Reciprocity pathway after completing their University of Phoenix teacher preparation program and must meet the requirements outlined in the South Carolina (Alternative Pathway to Certification Candidates Only) section.

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Praxis Subject Assessment

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam or edTPA Content Pedagogy Assessment

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Teacher candidates must obtain a Student Teaching Clearance. All steps to apply for the clearance are available at:

https://ed.sc.gov/educators/teaching-in-south-carolina/student-teaching/

Apply for Licensure:

Teacher candidates in South Carolina enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education (BSED/E), Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSED/ECH), Master of Arts in Education/Elementary (MAED/TED-E), Master of Arts in Education/Secondary (MAED/TED-S) and Master of Arts in Education/Special Education (MAED/SPE) preparation programs will apply for licensure directly to the South Carolina Department of Education.

South Carolina Certification Resources

State Agency Contact Information:

South Carolina Dept. of Education
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-734-8500

Email: info@ed.sc.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

Alternative Pathway to Certification Candidates

As a teacher candidate in enrolled in the Alternative Pathway program in South Carolina, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix, the Arizona Department of Education and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations:* Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete a minimum 12-week clinical practice setting at an approved district. **

Teacher candidates must obtain a Student Teaching Clearance. All steps to apply for the clearance are available at:

https://ed.sc.gov/educators/teaching-in-south-carolina/student-teaching/

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the alternative pathway teacher preparation program, South Carolina teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure. South Carolina alternative pathway teacher candidates must include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for South Carolina licensure.*

South Carolina Certification Resources

State Agency Contact Information:

South Carolina Dept. of Education
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-734-8500

Email: info@ed.sc.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in South Dakota, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Additional requirements:

Completion of U.S. Constitution and AZ Constitution requirements, either through college coursework in each of these areas or passing score on the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA).

US/AZ Constitution AEPA Exam or Continuing Education Coursework

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of K-3rd classroom (but not higher than the grade range of the Early Childhood teaching license in your home-state).**

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, South Dakota teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

South Dakota teacher candidates will have to include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for South Dakota licensure. 

South Dakota Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

South Dakota Dept. of Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: 605-773-3134

Email: doe@state.sd.us

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Tennessee, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Arizona Fingerprint Clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix. In addition, teacher candidates will need to obtain Tennessee fingerprint clearance through a Tennessee school district to be cleared to complete clinical experience and clinical practice.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Private schools selected for Clinical Practice must be accredited by one (1) of the following: any accreditation division of AdvancED (the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)), the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), any accrediting association recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation (e.g., the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)) or the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).

Apply for Licensure:

Tennessee teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Tennessee Department of Education.

Tennessee Out-of-State Educators License Information

State Agency Contact Information:

Tennessee Dept. of Education
Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation
9th Floor, Andrew Johnson Tower
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Email: Educator.Licensure@tn.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Texas, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Science of Teaching Reading*: Teacher candidates will complete a Science of Teaching Reading Exam for certification.

TExES

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 14-week (full-time) at an approved site.

Some districts require candidates to complete more than the state’s minimum required weeks of student teaching. Candidates must follow the placement guidelines of their district.**

Additional requirements:

Completion of U.S. Constitution and AZ Constitution requirements, either through college coursework in each of these areas or passing score on the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA).

US/AZ Constitution AEPA Exam or Continuing Education Coursework

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Texas teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Texas teacher candidates will have to include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Texas licensure. 

Texas Out-of-State Application Instruction

 State Agency Contact Information:

Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-936-8400

Help desk  

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in the US Virgin Islands, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the island territory in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the island territory in which they reside.

Praxis Core Academic Skills Exam

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Praxis Subject Assessment

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

US Virgin Island teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the US Virgin Islands Department of Education.

US Virgin Islands Certification Requirements

State Agency Contact Information:

US Virgin Islands Dept. of Education

St. Thomas Location:
1834 Kongens Gade
St. Thomas, VI 00802

Phone: 340-774-0100

St. Croix Location:
2133 Hospital Street
Christiansted, St. Crois, VI 00820

Phone: 340-773-1095

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Utah, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: To meet program and licensure requirements teacher candidates will need to obtain Arizona IVP fingerprint clearance and Utah fingerprint clearance.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

edTPA Content Pedagogy Assessment

Reading Exam*: Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education teacher candidates will complete the Foundations of Reading Pedagogy Exam to be eligible for certification.

 Foundations of Reading

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, Utah teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

Utah teacher candidates will have to include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for Utah licensure

Utah Out-of-State Applicant Information

State Agency Contact Information:

Utah State Board of Education

Mailing Address:
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200

Physical Address:
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-3204

Phone: 801-538-7500
Fax: 801-538-7973

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Vermont, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Candidates in Early Childhood Education, Elementary and Secondary all will take Praxis Subject Assessment

Candidates in Special Education will need to take and pass the NES Special Education (NT601) to meet programmatic requirements.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Apply for Licensure:

Vermont teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Vermont Agency of Education.

Vermont Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Daniel M. French
1 National Life Dr., Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

Phone: 802-828-1130
Fax: 802-828-6430

Email: aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Virginia, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

Praxis Subject Assessment

Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education Only

 Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

Additional Requirements:

Teacher candidates in Virginia will complete the following additional requirements:

Apply for Licensure:

Virginia teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Virginia Department of Education.

Virginia Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Virginia Dept. of Education
James Monroe Building, 25th Floor
101 N. 14th St.
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: 800-292-3820

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in Washington, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through the Direct Apply pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: Fingerprint clearance must be obtained and submitted to University of Phoenix and the state in which you will be teaching. Candidates will complete the Pre-Residency Certificate process to satisfy this requirement.

Immunizations*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Please note, all public and private school facilities serving K – 12 students are required to monitor the COVID-19 vaccination status or weekly testing of all “workers” on-site, including student teachers. 

Exams:

Basic Skills Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete the basic skills exam for the state in which they reside.

West B Basic Skills Test

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach.

West E/NES Content Knowledge Test

 Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of K-3rd classroom (but not higher than the grade range of the Early Childhood teaching license in your home-state).**

Please note, Washington candidates will not be placed or complete clinical practice in a district that requires edTPA (teacher performance assessment).

Additional Requirements:

Teacher candidates enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education/Special Education program will be required to add an additional endorsement to their Special Education certificate. The second endorsement may be completed through a program or through a test-only process.

Dual Endorsement Requirements

 Apply for Licensure:

Washington teacher candidates will apply for licensure directly to the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Washington Initial License Application

State Agency Contact Information:

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Professional Certification Office
Mailing Address:
PO Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200

Physical Address:
Old Capitol Building
600 Washington St. S.E.
Olympia, WA  98504

Phone: 360-725-6400
Fax: 360-586-0145

Email: Cert@k12.wa.us

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

As a teacher candidate in West Virginia, you must meet the following requirements to apply for licensure through a Reciprocity pathway after completing your University of Phoenix teacher preparation program:

Clearances:

Fingerprint Clearance: To meet program and licensure requirements teacher candidates will need to obtain Arizona IVP fingerprint clearance and West Virginia.

Immunization*: Requirements may vary by district, and candidates should contact the school district for a list of the immunizations required prior to clinical practice/student teaching.

Exams:

Content Knowledge Exam*: This test will demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of the core content area they seek to teach. 

Arizona Educator Exams

Professional Knowledge Exam*: Teacher candidates will complete a Professional Knowledge Exam for certification.

Professional Knowledge Exam

Please note, if a candidate has taken a home-state exam prior enrolling in a UOPX teacher preparation program, reach out to your Education Program Specialist for further advisement on exam acceptability.

Clinical Experience (Field Experience):

Teacher candidates enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program will complete a minimum of 100 hours of verified clinical experiences. Teacher candidates enrolled in an Alternative Pathway Certificate program will complete a minimum of 60 hours of verified clinical experiences. The clinical experience hours are completed prior to clinical practice.**

Clinical Practice (Student Teaching):

Teacher candidates will complete one (1) clinical practice experience for a minimum 12-week (full-time) at an approved site. For candidates in the Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education (BSEd/ECH) program, this must be completed in a grade span of Kindergarten through 3rd classroom.**

West Virginia requires teacher candidates to complete three forms prior to clinical practice. Form 23 grants permission to be placed in a West Virginia district for clinical practice.  Forms 24 and 7 are needed to obtain your clinical practice permit to be eligible to start your clinical practice. Candidates who already hold a West Virginia certificate or permit listed in Policy 5202 (§126-136-4.  Definitions.) do not need a clinical practice permit to complete their experience in a West Virginia school districts. For assistance, work with your Education Program Specialist to ensure the forms are submitted in time to complete clinical practice during your anticipated school semester.

Apply for Licensure:

Upon graduating from the teacher preparation program, West Virginia teacher candidates will apply for teacher licensure in Arizona through the online Educator Certification System. The University of Phoenix will prepare an Arizona Institutional Recommendation for candidates to be included in their application for licensure.*

West Virginia teacher candidates will have to include a copy of their valid Arizona teaching license as part of their application for West Virginia licensure.

West Virginia Initial License Application

Note: Master of Arts in Education/Special Education candidates are advised to apply for Multi-Categorical Special Education license. Refer to page 19 of the Licensure Testing Directory for endorsement code, endorsement coverage area and endorsement exam.

State Agency Contact Information:

West Virginia Board of Education
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East 
Charleston, WV 25305

Phone: 304-558-7010
Toll Free: 833-627-2833

*Deadlines will vary depending on candidate start date. Contact your Education Program Specialist for testing and licensure information.

**Contact your Education Program Specialist for placement information.

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our teacher candidates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. As licensing requirements can change at any time, teacher candidates can also check with their state’s teacher licensing authority (contact information provided above).

The University has determined that its teacher education program(s) does NOT meet the requirements for teacher licensure in the following states:

BSED/E Program: Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Wyoming

BSED/ECH Program: Arkansas, California, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Wisconsin, Wyoming

BSLS Program: California specific program, restricted/not offered in any other states/jurisdictions.

MAED/TED-E Program: Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Wyoming

MAED/TED-S Program: Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, Wisconsin, Wyoming

MAED/SPE Program: Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming

CERT/AP-E Program: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, U.S. Virgin Islands, Wisconsin, Wyoming

CERT/AP-S Program: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, U.S. Virgin Islands, Wisconsin, Wyoming

CERT/AP-SE Program: Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Wisconsin, Wyoming

The University, after all reasonable efforts, has been unable to determine whether its teacher education program/s meets the requirements for licensure in the following states. Please click on the links below for contact information for the applicable state licensing board.

BSED/E Program: American SamoaCommonwealth of Northern Mariana IslandsConnecticutFederated States of MicronesiaMarshall IslandsNew YorkPalau

BSED/ECH Program: American SamoaCommonwealth of Northern Mariana IslandsConnecticutFederated States of MicronesiaMarshall IslandsNebraskaNew YorkPalauTexas

MAED/TED-E Program: American SamoaCommonwealth of Northern Mariana IslandsConnecticutFederated States of MicronesiaMarshall IslandsNew YorkPalau

MAED/TED-S Program: American SamoaCommonwealth of Northern Mariana IslandsConnecticutFederated States of MicronesiaMarshall IslandsNebraskaNew YorkPalauUtah

MAED/SPE Program: American SamoaCommonwealth of Northern Mariana IslandsConnecticutFederated States of MicronesiaIndianaKansasMarshall IslandsNew MexicoPalauRhode IslandUtah

CERT/AP-E Program: AlaskaAmerican SamoaCaliforniaColoradoCommonwealth of Northern Mariana IslandsConnecticutDistrict of ColumbiaFederated States of MicronesiaGuamHawaii, LouisianaMaineMarshall IslandsMinnesotaMissouriNevadaNew MexicoNew YorkOklahomaPalauPuerto RicoRhode IslandSouth DakotaVermontWashington

CERT/AP-S Program: AlaskaAmerican SamoaCaliforniaColoradoCommonwealth of Northern Mariana IslandsConnecticutDistrict of ColumbiaFederated States of MicronesiaGuamHawaii, LouisianaMaineMarshall IslandsMinnesotaMissouriNebraskaNevadaNew MexicoNew YorkOklahomaPalauPuerto RicoRhode IslandSouth DakotaUtahVermontWashington

CERT/AP-SE Program: AlaskaAmerican SamoaCaliforniaColoradoCommonwealth of Northern Mariana IslandsConnecticutDistrict of ColumbiaFederated States of MicronesiaGuamIndianaKansasLouisianaMaineMarshall IslandsMinnesotaMissouriNevadaNew MexicoOklahomaPalauPuerto RicoRhode IslandSouth DakotaUtahVermontWashington