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:

- Master of Education in Elementary Education
- Master of Education in Secondary Education
- Master of Education in Special Education

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
Master of Education in Secondary Education 7th - 12th
Single-subject
Subject knowledge exam in area teaching OR (if subject knowledge 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