The Complete Guide to Becoming a Substitute Teacher in Arizona

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Grand Canyon in Arizona

You’re thinking about becoming a substitute teacher in Arizona — you’ve heard the job can be rewarding and fun — but you might be wondering: What are the requirements to get started? Rest assured: The process is easier than you think!

We’ve compiled everything you need to know in this easy guide about becoming a substitute teacher and applying for jobs in Arizona

MORE GUIDES TO BECOMING A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER: New Jersey | New York | Texas | California | Washington D.C.

Is Substitute Teaching Right for You?

Subbing can be a rewarding career choice, whether you’re brand new to the workforce, looking to hone your skills, or if you need something flexible to help pay the bills. Here are just a few reasons why people choose subbing:

Make a difference

Subs are called into classrooms for reason ranging from instances of a teacher on an unexpected leave, to schools searching for new permanent staff, to school districts facing teacher shortages. You can provide support to the students who need it most.

Choose your schedule

As a sub with an organization like Swing Education, you can work when you want and where you want. Subbing can fit easily around your schedule, whether you’ve got an additional job, family, or lifestyle commitments that you want to maintain.

Pick your classroom

They say variety is the spice of life. As a sub, you won’t be limited to a certain subject or school. You can visit the classrooms that are most appealing to you and experience teaching students of different ages and skill levels.

Cultivate your skills

With all of this variety, you can improve your skills as an educator and get the experience you need to meet any teaching challenge. And even if teaching isn’t your main goal, subbing can help you gain in-demand transferable skills, like problem-solving, written and oral communication, and adaptability.

Prepare for a permanent position

Subbing is a great stepping stone to becoming a permanent teacher. You’ll get an education in the character of the schools you visit and build crucial relationships with local communities.

Substitute Teaching in the Grand Canyon State

Arizona has a relatively easy path to certification for substitute teachers. In fact, no additional testing requirements are necessary, although you will need to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

The average yearly income in 2017 for an Arizona substitute was just over $30,000.

Demand for teachers is high in Arizona. In fact, nearly every district in the state reports teacher vacancies that aren’t being filled by qualified candidates. Students are in need of qualified, passionate people in the classroom. Now is the perfect time to enter the profession, and you’ll have lots of opportunities to turn subbing into a full-time teaching career if this is the path that interests you.


How to Get a Substitute Teaching Certificate

To start the certification process, download the four-page application. Find the form here. Then, mail the certificate in along with the following:

  • A $60 processing fee*
  • A photocopy of your Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Your official transcripts**

**See full details on what transcripts will be accepted by visiting this link.

How to Get an IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card

Student safety is of the utmost importance in Arizona. Before becoming a substitute teacher, you’ll need to go through a criminal background check. If you don’t already hold an IVP Clearance Card, the first step is to get a fingerprint clearance card with the Arizona Department of Public Safety Identity Verified Prints (IVP). The Department of Safety uses Fieldprint Arizona to process fingerprints. To schedule an appointment:

  • Select “Schedule an Appointment”
  • Register using your email address and password
  • Reason: “Identity Verified Prints (IVP) Paid Employee”
  • Sponsors: “Public and/or Charter School Contractor, Subcontractor, or Vendor and their Employees”
  • Fill out your personal info
  • Enter Swing Education’s address: 700 S Claremont St, San Mateo, CA 94402, #200
  • Select time/place to be fingerprinted

Be prepared to pay $74 to schedule an appointment. 

There are also details about beginning this process if you’re out of state.

If you already hold an IVP Clearance Card:

  • Provide Swing with your IVP card number

How Swing Education Helps Substitute Teachers in Arizona

If you’re ready to give subbing a try, sign up with Swing Education! Swing helps substitutes earn great rates, when and where they want!

When you sub with Swing you will:

  • Access more opportunities with Swing’s network of district, charter, and private schools.
  • Get paid weekly.
  • Enjoy Swing’s excellent Resource Center, which includes helpful information on classroom management, professional development, teaching strategies, and more!

Signing up takes just two minutes. Fill out this background questionnaire, and once you complete the form, our team will be in touch with next steps and answer any questions you may have.

Get started today!

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5 Comments on “The Complete Guide to Becoming a Substitute Teacher in Arizona”

  1. Dear Sir or Madam,

    Can you tell me what makes it better to go with Swing Education for substitute teaching than any other company in Phoenix? I am retired Army with 24 years service and hold an Undergraduate Degree from Liberty University in Multidisciplinary Studies focusing on Education and Communications, and a MS Ed. from St, Joseph’s College of Maine in Childhood Education (Curriculum and Learning). I have taught martial arts to children my entire adult life and enjoy watching children learn new and exciting things.

    I have an appointment on Monday to get my IVP fingerprint card completed and just requested copies of all my transcripts to get my substitute certificate complete.

    I have time on my hands, education and real world experience to pass on to open minds and am definitely interested in Swing as a location that I can begin this new career.

    Sincerely, Vince Leyva

    1. Hi Vince,

      Thanks for your note and your interest in substitute teaching. We at Swing know you have a lot of options when it comes to substitute teaching (working for schools/districts directly, working with agencies, etc.), and while each has its advantages, our team at Swing works hard to provide substitute teachers a rewarding, enjoyable experience.

      Here are some of the reasons why substitute teachers like working with us:

      -We reimburse for permit/certificate-related expenses
      -We work with many schools and districts in Arizona, so you’ll have teaching opportunities with a variety of schools/students.
      -Our text-based notification system makes it easy and convenient for you to accept (or pass on) teaching requests — no early-morning phone calls!
      -Swing Subs get access to the Swing Lounge, a supportive online community to share classroom tips, best practices, and strategies.
      -You have complete flexibility — you sub when you want, at the schools you want, with no minimum commitment required.
      -We have a dedicated substitute teacher success team that’s here to answer your questions + make your experience with us as enjoyable as possible.

      I hope that helps — let us know if we can answer any additional questions.

      Andy from Swing

  2. Hello,

    Is it possible to apply for a substitute teaching license in Arizona if I live in California?

    Thank You,


  3. Hello.
    The answer is yes.
    I am in California and I’m going through the process now. My fingerprint ID card just arrived, I’ve filled out all the necessary paperwork — all online — and have paid my fees and forwarded my college transcripts. My application is being processed.
    Pretty simple.

    Good luck!


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