Become a Health Teacher in Arizona - AZ
While the state of Arizona does not require any special certification for health educators working outside of a school system, it does require that those teaching in grades kindergarten through twelve and beyond receive a teaching certificate from the state. Health educator careers in Arizona do require special schooling, with at least a bachelor degree in health or health education. A master degree may be required for some more advanced positions or supervisory positions.
To become a certified health teacher in Arizona, one must complete a bachelor degree (or higher) teaching program from an accredited institution. One must also pass the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA), and any applicable Professional Knowledge portions (such as elementary or secondary) or Subject Knowledge portions. In addition, one needs to receive a special physical education (health education) endorsement from the state. This special endorsement can only be received after one has taken 30 semester hours in health/physical education training methods and content at the elementary and secondary level. A criminal background history will be checked and fingerprints verified before issuance of any teaching certificate. For more information, contact the Arizona Department of Education, 1535 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007; or telephone them at (602) 542-5393.