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EDU In-person Requirements

Master Teacher Seminars

Master Teacher Seminars are hosted by practicing or retired educators who describe what it's really like to be a teacher as well as strategies and techniques to enhance your skills in the classroom. Students who register for EDU287AA or AD will review the new Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for teaching. EDU287AB or AC are seminars (online) and will change in Spring to review Assessment of the classroom.


All Rio Salado EDU mid-terms and final exams are in-person tests. Rio Salado has testing sites conveniently located throughout Maricopa County. Students residing outside of Maricopa County will have to complete an exam proctoring request.

Field Experiences

Rio Salado's Teacher Preparation Program combines course content and "real world" application through required school observations and interaction in Pre-K-12 classrooms. All field experience requests must be coordinated through Rio Salado College Field Experience Coordinators. To learn about field experience requirements in specific courses review the mini syllabus in the course schedule.

Preschool Internship (Early Childhood Only)

The most effective method for theory to become practice is by spending time in a classroom under the guidance of an experienced teacher. Rio Salado teacher preparation students who are studying to be an early childhood educator will complete an internship in an early childhood setting of infants, toddlers, OR preschoolers. The internship can be completed full-time in 4 ½ weeks or half-time in 9 weeks.

Student Teaching

Nothing prepares you better for a career in teaching than hands-on experience in a classroom. Student teachers will spend 9-weeks (or more) full-time in-person in a school setting.