MAT 123 First Year Seminar Becoming a Certified Teacher in Arizona Certification Requirements • Teachers are certified through the State of Arizona http://www.ade.state.az.us/certification/requirements/TeachingCerts/ • A Provisional Certificate is valid for two years and is not renewable, but may be extended once for two years. • All requirements for the Provisional Secondary Certificate must be met. – Bachelor’s degree minimum from an accredited institution. Official transcript(s) required. – Valid Fingerprint Clearance Card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. – Passing score on the secondary professional knowledge portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment. – Passing score on the secondary education subject knowledge portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment. If a proficiency assessment is not offered in a subject area, an approved area shall consist of a minimum of 24 semester hours of subject-related courses from an accredited institution. Note: An approved area in general science is comprised of 12 semester hours of life science courses and 12 semester hours of physical science courses. Certification Requirements – Arizona Constitution (a college course or the appropriate examination) – U.S. Constitution (a college course or the appropriate examination) • NOTE: If you otherwise qualify for the certificate but are deficient in Arizona and/or U.S. Constitution, you have three years under a valid teaching certificate to fulfill the requirement, except that if you are teaching an academic course on history, government, social studies, citizenship, law, or civics, you have one year to fulfill the requirement. – Option A, B, or C: A. Completion of a teacher preparation program in secondary education from an accredited institution or from a Board-approved teacher preparation program B. A valid secondary certificate from another state C. 30 semester hours of education courses including at least 8 semester hours of practicum in grades 7-12. Two years of verified teaching experience in grades 7-postsecondary may substitute for the 8 semester hours of practicum. Courses which teach the knowledge and skills described in the professional teaching standards such as learning theory, classroom management, methods, assessment are acceptable. Certification Requirements • CURRENT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE STANDARD SECONDARY CERTIFICATE • Certificate is valid for six years and is renewable. • Qualify and hold the Provisional Secondary Certificate for two years. • Valid Fingerprint Clearance Card issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. • Passing score on the performance portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment. Currently, the assessment has not been developed. Two years of verified full-time teaching experience during the valid period of the provisional certificate may be used to convert the Provisional Certificate to a Standard Certificate. Certification Requirements • B.S.Ed Requirements – University Colloquium (discontinued effective F04) – Liberal Studies – Mathematics Requirements – Education Requirements • Other Requirements – Constitution Requirement – Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) • Community College Teaching B.S.Ed. Requirements • Program Sheet – http://www.math.nau.edu – Note: MAT 302, a one-credit-hour practicum experience, is required in place of ECI 308. Sixty clock hours of practicum experience is required for MAT 302. You will gain these 60 hours while enrolled in MAT 301, MAT 401, and MAT 402 (20 hours in each course). Fingerprint check is required. • Education Requirements – http://coe.nau.edu/ B.S.Ed. Requirements • Education Requirements – You must be admitted to teacher education program to take coursework beyond EDF 200. Application periods are February 1-15 and September 1-15. – Admission Requirements: • Completed 45 hours of coursework • Completed or currently enrolled in EDF 200 • Completed 15 hours of liberal studies credit in the discipline studies with a minimum 2.5 GPA • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in English foundations coursework • Written composition of at least two pages on why you want to be a teacher B.S.Ed. Requirements • Education Requirements (cont.) – Admission Requirements (cont.): • A letter of recommendation • Have declared a major • Have completed at least three hours in your major • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA in all major coursework • Have a grade of at least C in MAT 110, MAT 114, MAT 135, or equivalent • Attend a secondary education advisement workshop B.S.Ed. Requirements • Education Requirements (cont.) – Course Requirements • EDF 200 and EPS 325 • ECI 322 and ECI 350 • ECI 450, ECI 465, and ECI 495 – These courses, except for ECI 495, may be taken in a single semester via the Integrated Secondary Teacher Education Program (ISTEP). Students are on campus MTTh 8:30-12:30 and in the public schools on Wednesday. B.S.Ed in Mathematics • Other Requirements – You must take POS 220 (or POS 110 and POS 241) to satisfy the State of Arizona’s certification requirement. You may meet this requirement by examination through NAU’s Counseling and Testing Center – You must pass the professional knowledge and mathematics component of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) http://www4.nau.edu/cee/aepa/ Community College Teaching • The State of Arizona no longer requires a certificate to teach at the community college level. However, the State has asked each County to establish its own minimum qualifications. Maricopa Community College District has adopted the following minimum qualifications for faculty: – Master's in any teaching field with 24 upper division and/or graduate semester hours with Math or Statistics and Probability prefixes, or master's in any teaching field with 18 graduate semester hours with Math or Statistics and Probability prefixes, or a master's in mathematics. Note: A maximum of 9 upper division/graduate semester hours in math education or math content areas with physics or engineering prefixes may be counted toward the 24 at the discretion of the math department/division chair. • Please note: If selected for a Residential Faculty position, in order to reach appointive status, 21 graduate semester hours in MAT or STP prefixes must be obtained. If 21 hours of graduate credit cannot be validated at the time of hire, a program must be developed in concert with the individual involved, the department chair, and the appropriate dean to remove the deficiency during the probationary period. Note: A maximum of 6 semester graduate hours of math education may be counted toward the 21 hours at the discretion of the department/division chair. – EDU 250 - Overview of the Community Colleges -- or equivalent must be completed within two years of date of hire.
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