Arizona

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Median Pay1: $47,746

Teacher Reciprocity Requirements2:  Arizona Department of Education

  • Education/Experience Requirements: Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited school and state-approved teacher preparation program.
  • Testing Requirements: Professional and Subject Knowledge exams – See Arizona Educator Exams for accepted exams. May be waived with three years of full-time teaching experience.
  • Temporary Certificate Offered?: Reciprocity candidates receive nonrenewable 3-year reciprocal Provisional Teaching Certificate; converted to 6-year certificate after two years of successful teaching in Arizona and meeting state requirements.
  • Other Notes: Candidates must take state-approved courses in the Arizona and US Constitutions or pass an equivalency exam to upgrade to a standard teaching certificate.

Retirement:

  • Teacher Pensions Overall Grade3: F – Click here to see why.
    • Immediate vesting.
    • Employees/employers DO pay social security tax and therefore ARE eligible for social security benefits.
    • No portable plan available.

1Median Pay: sourced from 2018 data collected by National Education Association (NEA). See their Full Report for more information.

2Teacher Reciprocity: sourced from data aggregated by Teacher Certification Degrees. View the full state-by-state list here. Additionally, in some states special considerations for reciprocity, application expedition, fee waivers, etc. may be available to teachers married to activity duty military personnel; be sure to contact the respective State Dept. Of Education to learn more.

3Teacher Pensions Rating: sourced from https://www.teacherpensions.org/. Visit their website to learn about their mission or view a State Comparison.

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