The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at email@example.com.
|Has the state adopted leadership standards?||Yes. Arizona has adopted the Professional Administrative Standards (identical to the 2015 PSEL standards).||Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-603|
|Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs?||Arizona State Board of Education||Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-604.01|
|Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards?||Yes. Educator preparation programs preparing candidates for administrative certification must align with the Professional Administrative Standards and relevant national standards.||Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-604.01|
|Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs?||Yes. Educator preparation programs preparing candidates for administrative certification must provide field experience.
In addition, all educator preparation programs must include a capstone experience. A capstone experience is defined as a culminating professional experience in a P-12 setting. However, no hour requirement was found.
|Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-604.01
Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-604
|Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs?||No state policy found.|
|Certification and Licensure|
|What are the initial school leader certification requirements?||To qualify for a Standard Professional Principal Certificate - grades P-12, a candidate must:
Note: The assessment requirement may be waived with verification of three years of full-time experience as an administrator in any state, including Arizona or verification of receiving a passing score on a substantially similar administrative exam from another state.
|Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-616
|What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state?||Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by another state, who are in good standing with the issuing state and possess a valid fingerprint clearance card may be issued an Arizona certificate without any other requirement.||Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-621
|Is there an alternative route to initial certification?||The state board of education must allow for a variety of alternative administrator preparation programs with variations in program sequence and design to seek program approval. State policy provides additional requirements.||Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-203|