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Special Education K-12 Cross Categorical

Student Information

NorthCentral University

As a component of a Bachelor of Education, B.Ed.
Total Credits: 126-129

Students in the Special Education Cross Categorical program are preparing to teach grades K-12. Cross-categorical classrooms include students with a variety of disabilities, generally mild in nature. This is the most common special education classroom in K-12 schools.

Students begin by taking general education AND teacher education coursework at Rio Salado College and finishing the last 30 upper division credits at Northcentral University to confirm a Bachelor's in Education. Students must verify content proficiency through the passage of a state-approved exam (APEA/NES).

Note: Students must submit a Teacher Education Program Application prior to taking any EDU Level I courses.  All students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all General Education courses and a “B” or better in all EDU courses within the program.
* indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
Minimum GPA is 2.00.

Changes to Special Education Program required by Arizona Department of Education

Current students that do not complete their program and/or receive their certification before
December 31, 2015 will need to complete two additional Special Education classes.

  • Language Development and Disorders (2 credits)
  • Collaboration/Communication in Special Education(1 credit)

Beginning January 2016, Arizona will be offering only two Special Education certificates.

  1. Mild to Moderate Specialist
  2. Severe to Profound Specialist.
Rio Salado will only offer the Mild to Moderate certification.


 
RSC General Education Courses 39-42
Prerequisite: Teacher Education Program Application and Certification Admission Plan (CAP) forms required
RSC Level I Teacher Education Courses: 23
Formal Admission to Level II RSC Teacher Education Program
RSC Level II Teacher Education Courses: 26
RSC Level III Teacher Education Courses: 8
Rio Recommendation to NCU (BEd) Program
Level IV Northcentral University: 30
Total Credits: 126-129

 

General Education Courses
Course Course Title Credits
First Year Composition (FYC)
ENG101*
ENG102*
First-Year Composition (3) ENG1110 AND
First-Year Composition (3) ENG1102
6
Literacy and Critical Inquiry (L)
CRE101*


COM225*

ENG111*
GBS233*
College Critical Reading (3)
OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment AND
Public Speaking (3) OR
Note: COM225 is a hybrid course
Technical and Professional Writing (3) OR
Business Communication (3)

Note: If students are exempt from CRE101 by assessment, they are required to take one of the following courses: COM225, ENG111, or GBS233.
3
Additional Requirements (Reading & Communications)
COM100
COM110
COM225*
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication (3) COM1100 OR
Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
Public Speaking (3) OR
Small Group Communication (3)
3
Mathematics Studies [MA]
MAT142* College Mathematics (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course
3
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]
BPC110
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) CIS1120 OR
Any approved General Education course in the Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS] area
3
Humanities and Fine Arts [HU]
ENH291 Children's Literature (3) AND
Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts (HU) area

NOTE: ARH101, ARH102, and ENH251 are recommended.
6
Social and Behavioral Sciences [SB]
CFS176
POS110
POS221
Child Development (3) AND
American National Government (3) POS1110 AND
Arizona Constitution (1)
Note: HIS103 United States History to 1865 may substitute for POS110.
7
Natural Sciences [SQ & SG]
Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area

Note: Students are required to successfully complete 4 credits of [SQ] and 4 credits of [SG]. Students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor for course selections that will meet the Natural Sciences [SQ] and [SG] designations.
8
Historical [H] or Global [G] Awareness
Any approved General Education course in the Historical (H) or Global (G) areas

Note: Students are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor for Historical (H) or Global (G) course selections that will also meet the Humanities (HU) designation.
0-3
Cultural Diversity in the United States [C] Awareness
Met by EDU222** and EDU230 in the Teacher Prep Level I area. 0
*Indicates course has a prerequisites and or corequisites.
**Indicates that IVP fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment.

RSC Teacher Education Coursework

RSC Level I

Prerequisites: Teacher Education Program Application and Certification Admission Plan (CAP) forms and Enrollment at Rio Salado required. Must pass all EDU courses with a grade of B or better
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
Note: Student should register for EDU285AD and EDU287AD prior to or along with the remaining EDU Level I courses.
EDU285AD Seminar: Education Program Model None 1
EDU287AD* Master Teacher Seminar IV None 1
EDU204
EDU221
Fine Arts in Educational Settings OR
Introduction to Education**
None
30 hours Site-based
3
EDU220 Introduction to Serving English Language Learners (ELL) 10 hours VIRTUAL 3
EDU222 Introduction to the Exceptional Learner** 25 hours Site-based 3
EDU228AC* Reading and Decoding: Phonics Based 10 hours VIRTUAL 3
EDU230 Cultural Diversity in Education None 3
EDU253* Managing the Classroom** 25 hours Site-based 3
EDU272* Educational Psychology None 3
*Indicates course has a prerequisites and or corequisites.
**Indicates that IVP fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment.

RSC Level II

Prerequisites: Completion of Level I and FORMAL ADMISSION to Level II along with passing AEPA/NES Subject Knowledge Exams (Content) or equivalent state exams scores.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
Note: Student should register for EDU285AB and EDU287AB prior to or along with the remaining EDU Level II courses.
EDU285AB* Current Perspectives in Education None 1
EDU287AB* Master Teacher Seminar II None 1
EDU209AA* Teaching Students with Emotional Disabilities** 10 hours Site-Based*** 3
EDU209AB* Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities** 10 hours Site-Based*** 3
EDU209AC* Teaching Students with Mild and Moderate Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disabilities 10 hours VIRTUAL 3
EDU209AD* Teaching Students with Physical and Other Health Impairments** 10 hours Site-Based*** 3
EDU209AF* Assessment of Exceptional Learners** 5 hours Site-Based*** 3
EDU217* Methods for the Structured English Immersion (SEI)/ESL Student 20 hours VIRTUAL 3
EDU219* Special Education Techniques and Methods** 30 hours Site-Based*** 3
EDU231* Mathematics Techniques and Methods** 20 hours Site-based*** 3
*Indicates course has a prerequisites and or corequisites.
**Indicates that IVP fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment.
*** Indicates that site-based field experience MUST be done in the content area for which student is seeking certification.

RSC Level III

STUDENT TEACHING: Prerequisites-completion of all Level I and Level II coursework with grade of B or better and passage of AEPA Subject Knowledge Exam (Content)
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EDU277AC* Special Education Student Teaching**

Note: EDU277AC requires entire block for enrollment
but only nine weeks in the classroom.
Nine weeks*** 8
* Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
** Indicates that IVP fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment
*** Indicates that site-based field experience MUST be done in the content area for which student is seeking certification.

Program Notes: See Student Handbook for transition steps to Northcentral University
Must receive a Rio Recommendation (RR) from Rio Salado College prior to attending Northcentral University.

Note: Student should apply for the Associate in Arts degree AFTER completing all Rio General Education coursework and may apply to participate in the Rio Graduation in May. By applying for your Associates in Arts degree, your High School graduation transcript will not be required at NCU.

NCU Level IV

NOTE: Students will be required to complete 30 pre-approved upper division semester credits for degree completion with Northcentral University. Alternative courses/concentration needed by the student should be discussed with the Northcentral University Academic Counselor.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
ED4000C The Dynamics of Schooling in Special Education 3
ED4001C Foundations of School Leadership in Special Education 3
ED4002C The Role of Teacher Leadership in Special Education 3
ED4003C Instructional Paradigms and Technology in Special Education** Field Experience*** 3
ED4004C Assessment of Student Learning in Special Education** Field Experience*** 3
ED4005C School and Family Partnerships in Special Education 3
ED4006C Safe Schools in Special Education 3
ED4007C The School as a Learning Community in Special Education 3
ED4008C Teaching and Reflective Practice in Special Education 3
ED4009C Educational Change Processes in Special Education 3
**Indicates that IVP fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment.
*** Indicates that site-based field experience MUST be done in the content area for which student is seeking certification.
Total Credits 126-129
Program Completion and Issuance of Institution Recommendation (IR)

Shared Unique Number (SUN) System

The Shared Unique Number (SUN) System helps students identify courses that will directly transfer among Arizona’s community colleges and three public universities. Using the SUN System, students can easily search for and enroll in courses that offer direct equivalency at other Arizona colleges and universities. SUN courses have their own unique course number and prefix listed alongside each college’s course number. Look for the SUN icon in your course catalog or college website or visit www.azsunsystem.com for more information.