Instructions for Institutional Recommendation Request

The Application for Certification with Institutional Recommendation (IR) is used by applicants who have completed an Arizona State Board approved educator preparation program. Submission of the Application for Certification with IR allows the applicant to pay a reduced certification service fee and qualify for faster processing of the certificate. Please review the following information carefully before completing the IR request form.

Return the COE IR Request Form to Sara Knepper, Student Services, Education Room 247, by Dec. 1 for December graduation (or certification completion) OR by April 1 for May/August graduation (or certification completion).  This allows for timely processing of your IR request.

 

Undergraduate and Graduate students, please note:

Bachelor’s degree must be posted by Graduation Services (usually 1-4 weeks after finals).

Master’s degree must be posted by Graduate College Graduation Services (usually 1-4 weeks after finals).

  • Your degree will not be posted (official completion) if coursework for your degree is incomplete or missing.  If you have an incomplete grade on a course or courses that have not been officially transferred to the university and these courses are necessary for your degree, your degree will not be posted.
  • You must submit all required graduation paperwork by posted deadlines in order to graduate.
  • You must have completed at least 3 units of Structured English Immersion (SEI) for UA teacher certification programs; official documentation is required for posting to your IR. The US & Arizona Constitution course is cheaper and easier to include with the IR, but this deficiency can be removed after certification if needed.

 

Certification-only students, please note:

  • All grades for the current semester must be posted (usually 1-2 weeks after finals).
  • You must also provide an official transcript from the institution where your degree was awarded if it was not completed at the University of Arizona.
  • You must have completed at least 3 units of Structured English Immersion (SEI) for UA teacher certification programs; official documentation is required for posting to your IR. The US & Arizona Constitution course is cheaper and easier to include with the IR, but this deficiency can be removed after certification if needed.

 

Download and fill out your IR Request. For more information about certification rules and requirements, please visit the Arizona Department of Education.

 

When completing the IR request form:

  • Please fill out the request form in its entirety and check for completeness before submission.
  • Please include any required documentation as outlined on the form to verify the information required for certification.
  • Be sure to sign and date the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) statement and check the delivery preference for your IR (mail or pickup), on the second page.
  • Additional instructions for obtaining your certification will be provided when you receive your IR.

 

Submit your IR request by email to Sara Knepper or mail to the address below.

You may call Sara at (520) 621-7865 with any questions.

College of Education
The University of Arizona
P. O. Box 210069
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0069
Attn:  Sara Knepper, RM 247