- 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 Educator Preparation Program, including student teaching and you will awarded an Institutional Recommendation (IR). You will take your IR, copy of your IVP fingerprint clearance card and proof you have met the Subject and Professional Knowledge exam requirements to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to apply for certification.
- Q: Will a Rio Salado Educator Preparation Program Certificate of Completion be given to those that complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the Rio Salado Educator Preparation Program, Rio Salado will recommend the teacher candidate to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), using an Institutional Recommendation (IR). Upon review, the ADE awards the teaching certificate. Teacher candidates 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 Commencement 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 Master’s Degree using Rio's credits in transfer?
Rio Salado College (RSC) has established educational partnerships with other institutions of higher education. 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 Educator Preparation Program can be applied towards a master’s degree Program.
Note: Courses transferred into Rio Salado College's Post Baccalaureate Program may not be allowed as transfer courses to the master’s degree Programs.
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