Certification and AEPA/NES Information
1. A completed Application for Certification
2. Payment of the application fee
3. A photocopy of your valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card
4. An Institutional Recommendation (IR) from the University of Arizona
(In the spring, you will complete an online Application for Institutional Recommendation form and submit it to Student Services. The Institutional Recommendation will be issued after you have graduated and your degree has posted. Once this form is issued to you, it is proof to the state that you have completed an approved teacher education program. If you have an IR, you will not need to submit additional transcripts to receive your teaching certificate.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Your IR is only good for one year, so make sure to process your certification within a year)
5. A passing score on the Subject Knowledge Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA).
(You must pass the secondary Subject Knowledge AEPA for the content area in which you want to be certified. You may take multiple Subject Knowledge tests if you wish to be certified in multiple content areas. Visit the AEPA website: http://www.aepa.nesinc.com/ for more information. You will need to register and pay fees to take these exams. Registration occurs well in advance of the test date, so register early.)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Deciding which Subject Knowledge test(s) to take can be confusing. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
· If you have a Master’s Degree in a content area, then you do not have to take an AEPA exam in that content area to be certified to teach it.
· For those in the Social Studies fields: Do not take the secondary Social Studies AEPA exam. High schools require that you have passed the History, Political Science/American Government, Economics or Geography AEPA exam. However, if you want be eligible to teach middle school Social Studies, then you have to take the Middle Grades Social Studies AEPA.
· For those in the Science fields: Take the secondary AEPA in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics. However, if you want to be eligible to teach middle school General Science, then you have to take the Middle Grades General Science AEPA.
· For those in the English or Math fields: Take the secondary English or Math AEPA. That test allows you to teach middle or high school English or Math. You do not have to take the Middle Grades Language Arts/Reading or Mathematics AEPA.
· You can attempt to take and pass any content area exam. You need not have student taught in that content area, or have taken 24 university units in that content area.
6. A passing score on the National Evaluation Series (NES) Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK) taken after July 7, 2012.
(You must pass a Professional Knowledge examination. Arizona is transitioning to a national teacher certification examination – the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge. Information can be found at the NES Web site (www.nestest.com) and preparation materials can be found by selecting “Prepare” on the AEPA website: www.aepa.nesinc.com
(IMPORTANT NOTE: We recommend that you take the Professional Knowledge and Subject exams during the FALL semester of the Teach Arizona Program.
7. Verification of Structured English Immersion (SEI) training.
(This will be included on the Institutional Recommendation that you receive from the Dean’s Office.)
8. Arizona Constitution and U.S. Constitution.
(You must show evidence of having passed a college course or an appropriate examination on boththe Arizona and U.S. Constitution. Classes that meet the requirement are available through Pima Community College, Rio Salado, and many other community colleges in Arizona. If you choose to take a class, make sure it is a combined class of US and Arizona Constitutions, otherwise you have to take two classes. The other way to satisfy this requirement is to study and pass the AEPA exam on it. Check the AEPA website http://www.aepa.nesinc.com/ for information. Keep in mind that you will need to take this exam on a separate day from your Professional Knowledge and Subject Knowledge exams, which requires separate registration fees. If you otherwise qualify for a secondary certificate but are deficient in Arizona and/or US Constitution, you have 3 years under a valid teaching certificate to fulfill the requirement. However, if you are teaching an academic course in History, Government, Social Studies, Citizenship, Law, or Civics, you have only 1 year to fulfill the requirement.)
Additional AEPA and NES Information
About the NES
The NES is a teacher certification testing program with tests that are aligned to professionally accepted national subject and pedagogy standards. The NES APK tests are computer-based and are offered year round, by appointment, at testing centers in Arizona, and at over 225 Pearson Professional Centers throughout the United States and its territories (e.g., Puerto Rico), plus selected sites worldwide.
Interactive online study guides and full length practice tests for the NES APK tests can be found by selecting "Prepare" on the AEPA Web site at http://www.aepa.nesinc.com
. These and other preparation materials, including test frameworks and testing tips, are also available on the NES Web site (see “Are Preparation Materials Available for this test?” at http://www.nestest.com/arizona
The Arizona State Board of Education adopted the National Benchmark passing score of 220 for the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge tests. Candidates will access their NES score reports via their account at http://www.nestest.com/arizona
. Candidates may also choose to have their score reports e-mailed to them. In addition, candidates may select up to three institutions to receive their NES test results.
Institutions will be able to access NES test results via ResultsAnalyzer™
using their current educationreports.net
AEPA account. On the educationreports.net
site NES test results will be provided in a separate file of ResultsAnalyzer
from AEPA test results. Institutions eligible to receive AEPA test results will see this new file of ResultsAnalyzer
added to their educationreports.net
account on educationreports on July 30, 2012, in conjunction with the first round of score reporting for the NES APK tests for Arizona.
Test Preparation Video Available
A test preparation video is now available for the AEPA. The video provides a general overview of test preparation and test-taking strategies and is designed to help examinees prepare for the tests by describing how to use the program study resources provided on the program Web site. Select “Prepare” on the program Web site to access the preparation video.
Additional preparation materials, NES® Prep Study Guides and NES® Practice tests, are now available for many subject areas from the AEPA® Web site. The NES Prep and NES Practice tests are aligned to national academic and professional standards and may cover content similar to an AEPA test. Candidates preparing to take an AEPA test may wish to use the materials to supplement their preparation activities.
The NES Practice tests are stand-alone, full-length, computer-based, practice tests containing sample test questions with rationales. Candidates receive comprehensive performance feedback and an interactive, diagnostic score report.
NES Prep Study Guides
NES Prep study guides are interactive, stand-alone guides. Guides are available for twelve test fields and include a diagnostic test, instructional content, and review exercises.