How to Become a Substitute Teacher in Arizona

If you are interested in learning how to become a substitute teacher in Arizona, you must apply through the Arizona Department of Education. The LendingTree Education guide below offers information to help guide you through the process. Please verify all information before submitting your applicaton.

Get Your Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card

Because it will take about 5-8 weeks to receive your fingerprint clearance card, the first step to become a substitute teacher is to obtain your Arizona fingerprint clearance card. You can get yours from the Arizona Department of Public Saftey. Arizona requires an Identity Verified Print (IVP) card, so make sure you request that when you contact them. The cost is $69 but the card is good for six years. DPS doesn't take fingerprints, they just process them. So once you have the application packet, you'll need to contact your local law enforcement agency or a private fingerprinting service to actually get your fingerprints taken.

Obtain Official College Transcripts

You'll need your original college transcripts showing you have a bachelor's degree in order to receive your substitute certificate. Submit your official transcript with your substitute teacher application to the Department of Education. It will not be returned. Copies of your transcript are not accepted.

Complete Your Application for Certification

Next, download and complete the Arizona Department of Education application for substitute certification. You may find it on their website:

Complete the application form and submit it with your official transcript, IVP fingerprint clearance card, and a cashier’s check, money order or personal check for $60 made payable to the Arizona Department of Education.

Submit Your Application

When completed submit your application to:

Phoenix Office: P.O. Box 6490, Phoenix, AZ 85005-6490

Telephone: (602) 542-4367

Tucson Office: 400 W. Congress St., #118, Tucson, AZ 85701

Telephone: (520) 628-6326

Letters of Recommendation

While you're waiting for your substitute teacher certificate to be processed, you may wish to ask professional references for a letter of recommendation. It's probably a good idea to get 2-3 letters of recommendation, as most school districts will require theses recommendations when you apply for substitute teaching jobs in Arizona.

Substitute Teacher Pay in Arizona

Rates for substitute teaching will vary by district. Here's a general idea of how much a substitute teacher might make each day teaching in an Arizona classroom. Long-term Substitute, after 20 consecutive days in the same classroom $125.00 Retired MUSD Teacher $125.00 Certified Substitute $90.00 Certified Teacher $100.00

Substitute Teaching Jobs in Arizona

After you have your substitute teaching certificate, you may apply for substitute teaching positions at any public school throughout Arizona. In order to attain a substitute teaching job quickly, you may wish to contact the educational service agency in the county in which you wish to teach. Here's an interactive map of county education agencies in Arizona.

Additional Resources

Learn how to become a substitute teacher in another state, or click on one of these neighboring states below.