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 following master's degree programs:

  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
  • 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 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

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.

For prospective employment opportunities visit the Career Services Job Quest Board.

AZ Intern Placement Requirements

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

Regular Ed -
Elementary Education
Subtest I
Subtest II
Master of Education in Secondary Education 6th - 12th

Content exam in area teaching
(if content exam is not offered) 24 credits in content area
Master of Education in Special Education K-12th grade


Meeting 3 out of 5 disability areas
Special Education SPE-548NA/SPE-548NB
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education** Birth
to Pre-K
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.