Arizona Teaching Intern Certificate Program

Alternative Pathways to Teacher Certification

The AZ Intern Certificate is an alternative pathway to teacher licensure that is designed for students who have secured a contract with a district in a high-needs area and who are currently enrolled in one of the three following master's degree programs:

Under the Intern Certificate, students who meet specific eligibility requirements work under contract in an appropriate grade K-12 classroom while completing their coursework. To be eligible, students must have:

  • Passed the AEPA/NES subject knowledge exam
  • Maintained a current AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Completed the SEI requirements
  • Secured a potential teaching contract upon obtaining the AZ Intern Certificate

If you would like to request additional information, determine eligibility or have questions regarding our Teaching Intern program please contact us at azteachinginterns@gcu.edu.

For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions and the GCU AZ Teaching Intern Program Manual.

For further information regarding the Alternative Pathway Program or AZ Intern Certificate visit the AZ Department of Education website.


AZ Intern Placement Requirements

Program Placement Requirements
(Must be Teacher of Record)
Required Subject Knowledge Tests
(AEPA/NES)
Student Teaching
Master of Education in Elementary Education  1st - 8th

Regular Ed -
Multi-subjects
Elementary Education
Subtest I
Subtest II
EED-580NA/EED-580NB OR 
ELM-590 
Master of Education in Secondary Education 7th - 12th

Single-subject
Content exam in area teaching
OR
(if content exam is not offered) 24 credits in content area
SED-580NA/SED-580NB
Master of Education in Special Education K-12th grade

Cross-categorical

Meeting 3 out of 5 disability areas
Special Education SPE-548NA/SPE-548NB
OR
SPD-590
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education** Birth
to Pre-K
AND 
K-3rd Regular Ed -Multi-subjects
Early Childhood ECH-680/ECH-685


**If you are enrolled in the M.Ed. Early Childhood program, you are required to complete 8 weeks of student teaching in a

Birth to Pre-K setting and 8 weeks in a K-3rd grade setting.