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FAQ: Completing the Program

  • Q: When I have finished taking courses at Rio Salado College, and finish student teaching, what steps do I need to take to get my teaching certification?

    If you have waived the student teaching portion of your program, then you make a request for an official RSC transcript and submit it to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) for review. If you have completed the entire Teacher Education Program, including student teaching and have been awarded an Institutional Recommendation (IR), you must make a request for a copy of your IR and submit it to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

  • Q: Which types of teachers are in the highest demand?

    Currently, math, science, special education, and ELD/SEI/ESL/bilingual teachers are in the highest demand. However, it is important to understand that the information can change.

  • Q: Will a Rio Salado Teacher Prep Program Certificate of Completion be given to those that complete the program?

    Upon successful completion of the Rio Salado Teacher Prep Program, Rio Salado will recommend the student to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), using an Institutional Recommendation (IR). Upon review, the ADE awards the teaching certificate. Students will receive an Award of Completion from Rio Salado College to show that they successfully completed the post-baccalaureate program. Please refer to Rio Salado's Graduation website to participate in Commencement if you have completed Rio Salado's full program including student teaching.

  • Q: After completing the online Post-Baccalaureate program what opportunities are available to obtain a Masters Degree using Rio's credits in transfer?

    Rio Salado College (RSC) has established educational partnerships with Northcentral University and Plymouth State University. These educational partners are regionally accredited institutions of higher learning.

    Through these special partnerships, up to 18 credit hours of the RSC State Approved Post Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program will be applied toward the Northcentral University Master's Degree of 36 hours and the Plymouth State University 33 hour Master's Degree Program.

    Note: Courses transferred into Rio Salado College's Post Bacc Program may not be allowed as transfer courses to the Master's Degree Programs.

    Click for more information on Masters in Education degrees.

  • Q: How do Rio Salado students rank in comparison to other students who take the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment?

    Note: These scores are provided for each State Approved Program and are based on those students who have completed the entire certification program (must have student teaching) within the requested year. Information for 2004 is based on students who completed the Rio Salado program from 2007 - 2008.