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Phone: 480.517.8540 or
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Rio Salado College

Rio Salado College (RSC) offers online Teacher Education Programs serving students and working adultss who wish to enter the teaching profession. The programs incorporate the teacher certification requirements for the State of Arizona into a curriculum that offers the essential skills students need to become highly effective teachers.

All RSC Teacher Education Programs have four major components: online coursework, site-based practicums, student teaching, and Master Teacher seminars. The online teacher education coursework begins weekly for easy scheduling and can be completed in 14 weeks or as few as eight weeks with instructor approval.

The practicums range from 10-30 hours and weave course content together with “real” world experiences through required observation and interaction in K-12 classrooms. In addition, Virtual Practicums on DVD are provided to enhance school-based content.

The Master Teacher Seminars provide current education topics presented by Master Teachers. For students residing outside of Maricopa County, out of state, and out of country, RSC provides DVDs of the meetings.

More than 6,000 students from across the nation and throughout the world have enrolled in teacher education coursework at RSC, with the number growing daily.

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Associate in Arts in Elementary Education

The Associate in Arts in Elementary Education (AAEE) is designed for the student who plans to transfer to an Arizona state public and/or private university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the areas of elementary education, early childhood education or special education. This program will also assist those who plan to become a classroom paraprofessional instructional aide. AAEE coursework transfers as a block with no loss of credit.

Students interested in secondary education may complete an Associate in Arts (AA), and transfer to a four year college or university.

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Online Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Programs

RSC offers Arizona Department of Education-approved online post-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs for those who already have a four year degree from a regionally accredited post secondary institution. The post-baccalaureate programs lead to early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special education certification.

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Online Early Childhood Program

The RSC Early Childhood Program provides a variety of opportunities for career entry or career professional development. The programs are designed to be incremental and sequential. At RSC, early childhood professionals are assisted as they move from one educational level to the next without loss of credit. Early childhood certificates of completion and associate degrees offered at RSC include:

• Certificate of Completion in Early Childhood Education
• Certificate of Completion in Child & Family Organization Management & Administration
• Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
• Associate in Applied Science in Early Learning & Development
• Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Administration & Management
• Associate in Transfer Partnerships in Early Childhood Teacher Education

RSC continuously works to develop partnerships with higher education institutions that will enable our students to pursue bachelor's degrees that will meet the workforce and personal needs of the early care and education practitioner. RSC will only establish partnerships that truly exemplify our philosophy of seamless articulation.

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Online Baccalaureate Degree Partnerships

RSC has established an online collaborative educational partnership with NCU to offer RSC undergraduate teacher education students several degree pathways leading to a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree. Students who wish to enter into the field of teaching now have the opportunity to transfer up to 90 semester hour credits from RSC to NCU.  The remaining 30 undergraduate upper division semester credits of course work needed to complete the Bachelor of Education degree are taken 100% online from NCU. RSC and NCU faculty and staff are prepared to ensure a smooth transition and a successful educational experience for students taking advantage of this unique partnership.

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Online “Bridge” to the Baccalaureate Program Partnerships

RSC has established an educational partnership with regionally accredited Ashford University to provide a flexible and non-traditional means to earn the credits necessary for Arizona Teacher Certification. The “Bridge” Program allows students access to a Bachelor’s degree that is a requirement for certification as a teacher in elementary, secondary, or special education through Ashford University. Additionally, students are able to include some of RSC’s Level I teacher certification courses into their baccalaureate degree plan of study, leaving only 14-26 more credits to complete in order to obtain a full teaching certificate.

Upon receiving a baccalaureate degree and following successful completion of all Level I coursework, students are eligible to submit an application for formal acceptance into one of RSC’s Arizona Department of Education (ADE) approved Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Programs.

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Online Master’s Degree Partnerships

RSC has established educational partnerships with NCU and Plymouth State University (PSU). These educational partners are regionally accredited institutions of higher learning. Through these special partnerships, up to 18 credit hours from RSC's Post Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Programs may be transferred and applied to NCU and 15 credit hours applied to PSU's Master’s Degree programs.

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Professional Development Institute for Teachers

RSC offers unique courses for classroom teachers working toward specific endorsements and/or professional advancement. These courses are based on current national education and technology standards and are accepted by the Arizona Department of Education. The endorsements in ESL/Bilingual, Structured English Immersion (SEI), Computer Science, Math Specialist, Reading and Middle Grade were developed by ‘teachers-for-teachers’ and are offered online. Courses for professional development may be taken for credit or strictly for professional development non-credit hours.


 


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