How to Renew or Reinstate a Teachers License in Arizona

Renewal of Teaching Certification

Within two months of your 3-year Arizona Provisional Teaching License expiration, you have to apply to have it converted to a Standard Teaching License.

Conditions include completing the Application to Convert, which is to be mailed along with a photocopy of your fingerprint card, application fee, confirmation of two years of full-time teaching experience, and any additional education conditions of your licensure class (including additional required SEI Training). Submit this info to the Phoenix or Tucson office of the ADOE.

Once you have a Standard Teaching License, it is good for 6 years. You have to fulfill specific conditions to renew this license. These include completing 180 hours of PD or 12 credit hours of education courses verified by transcript and by your school district. Documentation for PD is required and has to be mailed with your Renewal Application. Appropriate documentation is listed on the application.

You can apply for renewal of your Standard Teaching License within 6 months of its 6-year expiration date. Along with your finished Renewal Application, you have to submit:

  • A photocopy of your fingerprint card
  • Renewal fees
  • District Confirmation and Applicant Confirmation of PD hours
  • Finalized Criminal History disclosure

Mail to the Arizona Department of Education at its Phoenix or Tucson address. 

Teaching Certification Reinstatement

Your Arizona Standard Teaching License can be renewed within one year after expiration if you are not currently employed under the license. Suppose your license lapsed more than one year ago. In that case, you have to re-apply for licensure and meet the necessary qualifications when you first obtained the teaching license.

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