Did you know that schools across Arizona are struggling to fill their teacher vacancies? Luckily, you can help your local schools by becoming a substitute teacher in Arizona!
Substitute teaching can be perfect if you want to:
If you’re in Arizona and want to become a substitute teacher, we have all the answers for you. Our ultimate guide will walk you through the substitute application process quickly and easily, just keep reading!
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There are a variety of reasons why people choose to become substitute teachers. Subs work closely with children, choose their own schedules, and can gain valuable experience before becoming full-time teachers.
Substitute teachers are incredibly valuable to their school districts and students.
When teachers have to call out of work, it is the substitutes who help keep schools open.
Furthermore, even if you only see your students for one day out of the week, you become an essential person who helps keep students’ education on track.
Regardless if you want to be in education long-term or are just doing this in between jobs, substitute teaching can help you expand your resume.
As a sub, you will pick up on valuable career skills such as public speaking, thinking on your feet, and problem solving. These abilities can help you no matter where you go in your career.
Arguably the best part about being a substitute teacher is the fact that you can make your own schedule. You can pick and choose which assignments you want to take on and which days you want to take off.
This flexibility is especially helpful for those who have other responsibilities in their life!
This goes hand-in-hand with creating your own schedule. Since you can choose the hours and days you would like to work, you can easily substitute teach on the side of another job you have.
In contrast to a regular 9-5 office job, substitute teaching comes with exciting adventures every day. Different teaching assignments can bring you to new schools, students, and peers, giving you the opportunity to learn something new every day!
The teacher certification process in Arizona is super simple. All you need is the Substitute, PreK-12 Certificate. Once you get this teaching certificate, you can keep renewing it every 6 years so you don’t have to complete the application all over again.
The only requirement to getting your Arizona substitute teaching certificate is having a Bachelor’s degree in ANY subject area. It doesn’t need to be education-related.
There is also no additional testing, formal teacher education, or prior student teaching experience required to apply for the Substitute, PreK-12 Certificate.
It is estimated that Arizona schools can barely fill one in five teacher vacancies. With your help, we can fill these vacancies and support our students!
First, before you can apply for an Arizona substitute certificate, you must create an account on the Arizona Department of Public Services’ (AZDPS) website. Follow the steps below to create your account:
The IVP (Identity Verified Prints) Fingerprint Clearance Card is required of anyone who is applying to be a substitute in the state of Arizona.
Woohoo! Your electronic application has been created and will be matched with your physical fingerprints.
You will receive an email shortly from AZDPS with a 10-digit reference number. Please follow the link in the email to select a location to have your fingerprints taken.
In order to be eligible for an Arizona substitute certificate, all substitute teachers must have a Bachelor’s degree.
You must request that your accredited college or university submit your official transcripts. These transcripts should document your Bachelor’s degree or more advanced degree and be sent directly to email@example.com or by mail to:
Arizona Department of Education – Certification Unit
P.O. Box 6490
Phoenix, AZ 85005
You can request a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Agency to identify the equivalent degree in the United States and submit them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bachelor’s degree transcripts and foreign transcripts submitted by the applicant via the online portal or by email are not considered official so make sure that your institution submits your transcripts directly to email@example.com.
Once your IVP fingerprint is on file, you can create an account on the AZED’s website.
Your fingerprint must be verified and on file before you can complete this step!
You can use your application number to check on the status of your fingerprints or wait until you get the physical card in the main to know when your fingerprints have been verified.
Get excited! Once your IVP fingerprint is on file and you have created your AZED account, you can submit your documents:
Once all your documents are submitted, your Arizona substitute certification application is complete and all you need to do is wait 3-8 weeks for your application to get approved.
After your application is approved, you’ll receive your Substitute, PreK-12 Certificate in the mail. Now, you are ready to teach!
If you want to substitute teach for special education classes, you must get the Special Education Certificate.
If you want to work with Scoot Education as a special education substitute teacher, you can speak with Scoot’s Special Education Consultant for more details:
Here at Scoot Education, we make it easy to become a substitute.
Our only requirements are:
Subbing with Scoot means access to more opportunities, more school districts and more excitement!
Scoot Education wants to make sure that you feel completely supported in your work as a substitute teacher in Arizona. If you contact Scoot and let us know that you want to become a Scoot sub, we’ll give you a full reimbursement for the $67.00 IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card fee. In addition, you will:
In short, substitute teachers are in high demand everywhere, making this the perfect field to start working immediately.
Apply to substitute teach with Scoot Education and you can start subbing with great perks!