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Arizona Teacher Professional Development

Hundreds of Arizona teachers take Model Teaching courses every year to help them renew their Arizona teaching license, advance their salary, or simply to improve their instructional effectiveness. Learn more below about how our professional development and continuing education courses can help you today!

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Professional Development for Arizona Teachers

High-quality, straightforward, and cost-effective online courses (including graduate-level) for Arizona Teachers.  Let us show you have we can help you improve your teaching effectiveness, maintain your teaching license, and advance your teaching career.

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Arizona Teacher License Renewal & Certification Renewal Requirements

Hundreds of Arizona teachers utilize Model Teaching courses every year to earn academic credits for license renewal. All Model Teaching university-partnered courses provide graduate-level semester credit for license renewal or salary advancement purposes. You may choose any Model Teaching university-partnered courses of interest or enroll in one of our Course Bundle Packs – the most cost-effective way to earn credits.

  • Regionally-Accredited Semester Credits

Model Teaching offers great options for Arizona teachers to earn semester credits from accredited universities in order to renew or maintain their teaching certification.

For renewable teaching certificates, the Arizona Department of Education requires the completion of 15 clock hours of professional development activities or one semester credit hour of university course work (1 Credit = 15 PD Hours), for each year of the teaching certificate term.

Acceptable Professional Development Activities:

  • Academic courses related to education or a subject area taught in Arizona public schools – Official transcripts required from an accredited institution. 1 Credit Hour = 15 PD Hours.
  • District or school-sponsored in-service training – Written verification required from district or school stating dates and clock hours earned.

Other Activities May Include:
Attendance at professional conferences and workshops, internships, sponsored educational research at an accredited institution, leadership time spent at a professional organization dedicated to public education, serving with an accreditation agency, etc.
*Please visit the Arizona Department of Education for more information on approved PD activities.

While we always recommend you confirm your state or district’s license renewal requirements, we recommend choosing any of our regionally-accredited university partnered courses or course bundle packs.  These courses are in partnership with regionally-accredited universities and include an official transcript.
The most cost-effective option for teachers who need the maximum number of credits is any of our University-Partnered Bundle Packs. (See Below)

Please refer to our course menu for a listing of graduate-level courses. Within each course page, you will have access to a syllabus that you may download.

Yes, all university-partnered graduate-level courses will include access to an official transcript from the university.

Renewal Time Frame

  • A certificate may be renewed six months prior to its expiration date and up to one year after it expires.
  • If your certificate has expired for more than one year you must reapply for certification under the requirements in effect at the time of re-application, unless you apply for renewal under the Experienced Educator Option.
  • Applicants who apply under the Experienced Educator option must have a renewable certificate which has expired for at least two years but not more than ten years.

Renewal Requirements

Renewable certificates may be renewed with proof of 15 clock hours of professional development activities for each year of the certificate term. *One semester hour of college coursework is equivalent to 15 clock hours of professional development activities. The clock hours or semester hours may be completed in various increments per year.

Arizona allows the application of Academic courses related to education or a subject area taught in Arizona public schools as a means to obtain required professional development for license renewal.  Documentation required includes official transcripts from an accredited institution with 1-semester credit equivalent to 15 clock hours of PD.

*Please visit the Arizona Department of Education (azed.gov) for more information on accepted documentation and/or alternative options for renewal depending on your specific license requirements.


PLEASE NOTE: The content provided on this page is solely provided for informational purposes and does not exempt users from their responsibility to ensure that our courses meet their state’s continuing education requirements. Please check with your state certification agency for up-to-date policies on your specific teacher certification renewal/continuing education requirements.

REFERENCE: Arizona Department of Education

*The information on this page was last updated 12/2020. Please refer to the Arizona Department of Education web page for the most accurate and current information on Arizona teacher recertification requirements.

What We Recommended for Arizona Teachers

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Access Our Full University-Partnered Course Menu to Earn Your Required Number of Credits

  • Includes full access to all graduate-level courses from any of our university partners

  • Register for any credits package, take any courses until you use all of your credits

  • Choose from our entire suite of university-partnered courses, work to complete as many as you wish at your own pace

  • Course Partners Include: University of the Pacific, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Massachusetts Global, & Valley City State University
  • All university-partnered courses are regionally-accredited & include an official transcript & letter grade

  • Great for salary advancement or license renewal

  • All courses self-paced & accessible for 1 year

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Salary Advancement Information for Teachers

Model Teaching partners with regionally-accredited universities across the country to provide graduate-level courses to thousands of K-12 teachers and educators every year. Generally, school districts across the country provide various salary scale advancement opportunities to teachers that often includes participation in graduate-level professional development. Our university-partnered, graduate-level courses are an excellent and cost-effective way for you to earn the continuing education academic credit you need.

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View Graduate-Level Courses Recommended for Salary Advancement

All Model Teaching university partners are regionally-accredited universities who offer our courses in partnership for graduate-level, academic and/or post-bachelorette credit.  Most states and school districts allow teachers to earn this type of credit as part of advancing in the salary scale.  Please check with your district’s policies regarding continuing education for salary advancement prior to enrolling.

The most cost-effective way to earn credits is by enrolling in one of our course bundle packs (see below).

Please refer to our course menu for a listing of graduate-level courses. Within each course page, you will have access to a syllabus that you may download.

Yes, all university-partnered graduate-level courses will include access to an official transcript from the university.

These graduate-level courses are primarily designed for salary advancement and/or certificate re-licensure.  It is the sole discretion of any university that issues the Masters Degree weather or not they may accept these credits to apply to a degree program.

PLEASE NOTE: The content provided on this page does not exempt users from their responsibility to ensure that our courses meet their state or district’s salary advancement policies or requirements. Please check with your district for details regarding your district’s salary advancement policies before enrolling in a course.