AEPA certification can be earned by passing the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments tests. AEPA satisfies the requirements for state certification for teachers. AEPA tests address professional knowledge and subject knowledge in various teaching and administrative areas. As mandated by Arizona Revised Statutes 15-532, examinees must prove competency as described by federal and state law. Part of this requirement includes passing the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona test. Individuals who have finished coursework in this area approved by the Arizona Department of Education are not required to take this portion of the AEPA.
AEPA certification or endorsement is available in seven categories. Early Childhood Certification requires passage of the Early Childhood-Professional Knowledge Test and Early Childhood Education exam. Early Childhood Endorsement requires that only the Early Childhood Education exam be passed. Elementary Certification (K-8) is earned by passing the Elementary Professional Knowledge Test as well as the Elementary Education Subject Knowledge Test. Secondary Certification (7-12) requires that candidates pass the Secondary Professional Knowledge Test as well as one or more subject knowledge exams. Special Education Certification is earned by passing the Elementary Professional Knowledge test together with one or more special education specialties. AEPA certification is earned in the category of Career and Technical Education by passing the Secondary Professional Knowledge Test. Finally, administrator certification for superintendent, principal, or supervisor requires successfully passing the appropriate Administrator Tests. All but the Early Childhood Endorsement certifications also require that candidates pass the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona test, or have taken an approved classroom equivalency.