Rio Salado's Teacher Preparation Program actively seeks to combine course content with "real world" application through required school observations and interactions in Pre-K-12 classrooms. Therefore, most courses require a 3-30 hour field experience component; Students should view their desired program check sheet for verification regarding the required in-person or virtual field experience opportunities.
This requirement is described in the syllabus, third or last lesson depending on the course, and on Rio's Teacher Preparation website. Contact Rio Salado's Outreach Specialist at 480-517-8140 to begin the field experience request process. Note that you may not begin your field experience until you have successfully completed Lesson 3 of each course.
Any student requesting a field experience must provide an area of town or identify 3 schools (find school or location). Further information will be found on the field experience overview form in our course.
Fingerprint clearance and/or background check is required in order to go into the school district to complete an in-person field experience. Fingerprint clearance can be obtained through the Arizona Department of Public Safety (PDF).
Please make a copy of the front and back of your IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card AND a clear copy of your Driver’s License (you will need to copy this on photo mode). Please write “I certify that this is a valid copy of my fingerprint clearance card and sign it and place your student ID # on it. Then either fax it to 480- 377-4713 or scan and email it to Teacher.Ed@riosalado.edu.
Out of State students completing field experiences, internships, and/or student teaching will need to complete the Out-of-State verification form. This form and instructions can be found at: http://www.riosalado.edu/programs/education/post-baccalaureate/Pages/Fingerprint-Clearance.aspx