Teachers may be drawn to Arizona for its scenic landscapes, rural Navajo communities or the metropolitan lifestyle of Phoenix. Depending on the district, teachers in Arizona meet the education needs of both urban and rural communities.
While Arizona’s teacher salaries are on the low side, teaching in Arizona offers many benefits. Arizona has an affordable cost of living and offers teachers a high quality of life. In addition, the state has little red tape when it comes to teaching, leaving educators the freedom to innovate and challenge the status quo. For example, the state has recently joined forces with the United States Department of Education to create the Arizona Ready-for-Rigor Project. The program uses performance-based incentives to encourage and reward high-quality teachers to work in high-need schools in Arizona. Such reform is needed in Arizona, as the state currently ranks 46th in the nation for educational outcomes. For educators looking to have an impact in an innovative state, Arizona offers endless opportunities.
Math Teacher Certification in Arizona
Math Teaching Qualifications
- Arizona requires specific undergraduate coursework, depending on the level of teaching license desired. Elementary education teachers must have 45 semester hours of education coursework, while secondary education teachers must have 30 semester hours. All levels require eight semester hours of practicum and/or student teaching.
Credentials & Exams
- All teachers are required to pass the NES Assessments of Professional Knowledge for Arizona test as well as the NES assessment aligned with the desired level of licensure.
Alternative Certification for Math Teachers
Arizona also offers alternative routes to a teaching certificate:
- The first is the Teaching Internship program. Internships are available to those with a passing score in at least one Subject Knowledge Area of the AEPA or a master’s degree in the desired subject area. Participants complete two years of student teaching under a mentor and receive a provisional teaching certificate upon completion.
- The second alternative route is the Teacher Fellowship program. This program is designed to attract accomplished professionals and college graduates to the teaching profession. Fellows are placed in high-need schools and complete certification coursework during their two-year teaching commitment.
Financial Aid for AZ Math Teachers
- The Math, Science and Special Education Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program (MSSE): This loan is designed to encourage Arizona-resident junior or senior college students to enter into high-need fields in the teaching profession. In order to qualify, students must agree to teach in an Arizona public school for one year for each year a loan was received, plus one additional year.
- Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program: This scholarship program offers $15,000 to incentivize undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors and graduates holding STEM degrees to earn a teaching license and commit to teach in high-need school districts.
- Anne Lindeman Memorial Scholarship: This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to three students each year. Eligible applicants must be enrolled at a four-year Arizona university and pursuing a degree in the sciences or education.
- American Legion Auxiliary Department of Arizona Wilma Hoyal-Maxine Chilton Memorial Scholarship: Students pursuing degrees in political science, social services, special education or public policy are eligible to receive this award, which consists of a minimum of $1,000 per year. Students with veteran family members are given preference.
Math Teaching Degrees in Arizona
Below we've listed all of the Arizona math teacher education programs in our database. We're constantly scouring the web to find new programs to add, so feel free to check back frequently.
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Fast Facts for Arizona Math Teachers
Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Common Core Standards adopted June 2010; implemented 2013-14. Learn more about math standards for Arizona here.
Math Teacher Jobs
Teacher Shortages in MathArizona reported teacher shortages in mathematics in 2014-15 in the middle grades.
Expenditure per Student: $6,949
Arizona’s public K-12 expenditures per student in fall 2012-13 enrollment totaled $6,949, or 62.8% of the national average. (Source: NEA)