What is meant by Institutional Recommendation (Eligible for Credential)?

A program that leads to an Institutional Recommendation (IR) allows the graduate of that program to be "eligible for a credential" in that specific area of study (e.g. Elementary Education, Secondary Education or Principal). If a program is eligible for credential, it leads to Arizona certification (e.g. a teacher certificate or principal certificate). According to the Arizona Department of Education, the purpose of an IR is to verify the completion of an approved program in order to obtain a teaching or administrative certificate. An IR must be completed and signed by the institution's designated individual.

For certification in a state other than Arizona, teacher or administrator candidates should apply to their respective state department of education. Towards that end, the College of Education's Office of Accreditation will provide candidates with appropriate documentation to assist them in that application. This documentation can take the form of a state-specific IR or a Letter of Completion, whichever is required by the particular state.

Note: As of October 2011, the following states require certification in Arizona prior to certification in the home state by reciprocity: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, California, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

To aid the Office of Accreditation in processing the required documentation for Arizona or other states, please complete the Information Form and submit by email or fax according to the directions on the bottom of the form.


Please email requests for the following: Institutional Recommendation (IR), letters of completion, and letters of enrollment. Please feel free to use it for any questions you might have regarding the credentialing process as well.

The Arizona Department of Education requires an IR for initial certification. This form needs to be signed by the Dean of the College of Education. To request an Arizona IR upon degree completion, submit a request via email to the Office of Field Experience at the above inbox with the following information enclosed within the email:

  • First and Last Name
  • Student ID number
  • Current Mailing Address
  • Current Phone Number
  • Program of Study
  • Date of Degree Completion
  • FERPA Release Form (only if sent to a third party address)

The forms will be completed and mailed to the teacher candidate's current mailing address within 10 business days. If the form needs to be sent to a third party mailing address or fax number, the teacher candidate will need to complete a FERPA Release Form.

* Programs not intended for initial licensure will not lead to an Institutional Recommendation. Grand Canyon University will provide a Letter of Completion verifying completion of non-licensure programs.

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