Since 1997, anyone seeking educator certification in the state of Arizona has been required to take one or more of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments. Aspiring teachers must take a general professional knowledge test and a specific subject knowledge test. Aspiring school administrators must take the Superintendent, Principal, or Supervisor test. In addition, all candidates for certification must pass the Constitutions of the United States and Arizona test, unless they covered this material as part of their university coursework. All AEPA test content is based on the Arizona Academic Standards, the Arizona Professional Teaching Standards, and the Arizona Professional Administrative Standards. The tests are designed to ensure that all Arizona teachers and administrators have the knowledge and skills to succeed.
There are three professional knowledge tests: Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary. These tests measure pedagogical knowledge and skills. They consist of 100 selected-response questions and three written performance assignments. The subject knowledge tests assess knowledge and skills in specific content areas, such as Art, Business, and Special Education. These tests generally consist of 100 selected-response questions and one written performance assignment. The foreign language tests consist of 55 selected-response questions, a written performance assignment, and an oral performance assignment. The Constitutions of the United States and Arizona test consists of 100 selected-response questions. The administrator tests consist of 100 selected-response questions and four written performance assignments. The Basic Skills test, which is used as a preliminary test for students in Arizona educator programs, consists of three subtests: Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, and Writing. The first two subtests consist of 42 selected-response questions, while the Writing subtest consists of 42 selected-response questions and one written performance assignment.
To register for the AEPA tests during the regular and late registration periods, contact the AEPA online or by mail. Emergency registration (within one week of the test date) must be completed online or over the telephone. In a typical year, the tests are administered three times.