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Special Education K-12 Mild to Moderate

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.

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

  1. Mild to Moderate Specialist
  2. Severe to Profound Specialist – Not offered by Rio Salado College

I need flexibility...

You may want to choose a program where you can build your own timeline. Students in the Special Education Mild to Moderate program 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.

Level I credits: 12-18
Level II credits: 18
Level III: Student Teaching Credits (In-Person full-time twelve-week experience) 8
Total Required Credits for Special Education Mild to Moderate, K-12 Teaching Certificate 38-44


LEVEL I: Prerequisites: Educator Preparation Program Admission Application
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
EDO100-101PB Introduction to the Educator Preparation Programs None 0
EDU235* The Exceptional Learner** 20 Hours Site-based 3
EDU242* Language Development and Disorder None 2
EDU244* Special Education Collaboration and Communication Practices None 1
EDU239*

EDU240*

Structured English Immersion Grades K-8 OR 
Structured English Immersion Grades 6-12 

OR

45-clock hour workshop credit certificate from an approved provider(Transcript evaluation required)

NOTE: If you have taken EDU220, EDU232 or EDU251 you do not need this class


0-3
EDU271* Phonics Based Reading and Decoding 20 hours  3
POS220
OR
POS221
AND
POS222
OR
Exam
U.S. and AZ Constitution (3)
OR
Arizona Constitution (1)
AND
U.S. Constitution (2)
OR
AEPA Exam Passing Score on the Constitution of the United States and Arizona Exam (Transcript evaluation required)
None 0-3
EDU276* Classroom Management and Behavioral Analysis ** 20 Hours Site-based 3
EDO100-102 Student Teaching Orientation None 0
* Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites
**Indicates that IVP fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment


LEVEL II: Prerequisites: Completion of Level I, FORMAL ADMISSION to Level II and 3.0 overall GPA.  Professional Knowledge NES exam.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EDU223AA* Emotional Disabilities in the Classroom** 20 hours Site-based*** 3
EDU223AB* Learning Disabilities in the Classroom** 20 hours Site-based*** 3
EDU223AC* Mild and Moderate Intellectual Disability in the Classroom** 20 hours Site-based***
3
EDU223AD* Physical and Other Health Impairments in the Classroom** 20 hours Site-based*** 3
EDU223AF* Assessment and Eligibility in Special Education** None 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
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EFE291* Special Education: Mild-Moderate Student Teaching** Twelve 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.
TOTAL CREDITS 38-44
PROGRAM COMPLETION AND ISSUANCE OF INSTITUTIONAL RECOMMENDATION
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