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EDU In-person Requirements


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 Educator 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. Utilize the Field Experience Overview as a guide to how many hours students should expect to complete for each course.

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, preschoolers. The internship requires 60-field experience hours to be completed in 8-weeks at a single site offering an infant, toddler and preschool setting. To read more about Field Experiences, review the Field Experience FAQs.

Student Teaching

Nothing prepares you better for a career in teaching than hands-on experience in a classroom. Student teachers will spend 12-weeks (or more) full-time in-person in a school setting. To read more about Student Teaching, review the Student Teaching FAQs.