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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 want a planned schedule...

For a full time applicant interested in a pre-determined schedule for program completion, you may want to consider the following start dates.

August 2014 October 2014

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 51 credits including in-person field experience in many of the courses as well as a nine-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: 17
Level II credits: 26
Level III: Student Teaching Credits (In-Person full-time nine-week experience) 8
Total Required Credits for Special Education (CC), K-12 Teaching Certificate 51


LEVEL I: Prerequisites: Teacher Education Program Admission Application and Certification Admission Plan (CAP) forms and Enrollment at Rio Salado required.
Must pass all EDU coursework with a grade of B or better.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EDU285AA Education Program Seminar None 1
EDU287AA Master Teacher Seminar I None 1
EDU232* Serving K-12 English Language Learners (ELL) 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** 25 Hours Site-based 3
EDU235* The Exceptional Learner** 25 Hours Site-based 3
EDU271 Phonics Based Reading and Decoding 10 hours VIRTUAL 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
EDU285AC* Education Perspectives None 1
EDU287AC* Master Teacher Seminar III None 1
EDU251* Methods for Teaching Structured English Immersion (SEI) and English as a Second Language (ESL) 20 hours VIRTUAL 3
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 Mental Retardation/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 in Special Education** 5 hours Site-based*** 3
EDU226* Methods in Special Education** 30 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 grade of B or better and passage of AEPA Special Education (CC) Content Exam.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EDU288AC* Student Teaching Lab – Special Education (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.
 
TOTAL CREDITS 51
PROGRAM COMPLETION AND ISSUANCE OF INSTITUTIONAL RECOMMENDATION
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