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Special Education K-12 Cross-Categorical

Post-Baccalaureate courses are designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and would like to become a teacher.

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 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.

I need flexibility...

You may want to choose a program where you can build your own timeline. Students in the Special Education Cross Categorical program are preparing to teach Special Education classes in grades K-12. This program requires 41-44 credits including in-person field experience in many of the courses as well as a twelve-week student teaching experience. Students must verify content proficiency through the passage of a state-approved content exam (AEPA/NES).

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Level I credits: 15-18
Level II credits: 18
Level III: Student Teaching Credits (In-Person full-time twelve-week experience) 8
Total Required Credits for Special Education (CC), K-12 Teaching Certificate 41-44


LEVEL I: Prerequisites:  Educator Preparation Program Admission Application and Certification Admission Plan (CAP) forms and Enrollment at Rio Salado required.
All classes must meet the 3.0 overall GPA.  Courses with a final grade of “D” or“F” must be retaken regardless of GPA.  
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EDO100-101 Introduction to the Educator Preparation Programs None 0
EDU235* The Exceptional Learner** 25 Hours Site-based 3
EDU242* Language Development and Disorder None 2
EDU244* Special Education Collaboration and Communication Practices None 1
EDU251*

Methods for Teaching Structured English Immersion (SEI) and English as a Second Language (ESL)
OR
45-clock hour workshop credit certificate from an approved vendor(Transcript evaluation required)
OR
Structured English Immersion Exam(AEPA/NES Exam Passing Score-Anticipated 2016-2017)
NOTE:  If you have taken EDU220 or EDU232, you do not need EDU251.

20 hours VIRTUAL 0-3
EDU271* Phonics Based Reading and Decoding 10 hours VIRTUAL 3
EDU272* Educational Psychology
Note: For post-baccalaureate students, the course prerequisite is met with a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university.
None 3
EDU276* Classroom Management and Behavioral Analysis ** 25 Hours Site-based 3
* Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites
**Indicates that IVP fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment


LEVEL II: Prerequisites: Completion of Level I and FORMAL ADMISSION to Level II along with passing AEPA/NES Subject Knowledge exam.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EDU223AA* Emotional Disabilities in the Classroom** 10 hours Site-based*** 3
EDU223AB* Learning Disabilities in the Classroom** 10 hours Site-based*** 3
EDU223AC* Mild and Moderate Intellectual Disability in the Classroom** 10 hours VIRTUAL 3
EDU223AD* Physical and Other Health Impairments in the Classroom** 10 hours Site-based*** 3
EDU223AF* Assessment and Eligibility in Special Education** 5 hours Site-based*** 3
EDU293* Mathematics Methods and Curriculum Development** 20 hours Site-based*** 3

* 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 as described in the course title



LEVEL III: STUDENT TEACHING: Prerequisites –Completion of all Level I and Level II coursework with a 3.0 overall GPA and passage of AEPA Special Education (CC) Content Exam.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EFE291* Special Education: Mild-Moderate Student Teaching** Twelve weeks*** 8
EDO100-103 Alumni Orientation Available Spring 2016   0
* 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.
 
TOTAL CREDITS 41-44
PROGRAM COMPLETION AND ISSUANCE OF INSTITUTIONAL RECOMMENDATION
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