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Special Education Programs Grades K-12

Post-Baccalaureate courses are designed for those individuals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and are interesting in becoming a teacher.

Continuing Students

Students in the current Special Education Educator Preparation Program completing after Dec. 31, 2015, will be required to follow new program requirements as mandated by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). The Cross-Categorical Certificate will no longer be available through ADE after this date. All students in the Cross-Categorical Program will be reassigned into the Special Education Mild to Moderate certification program. A Rio Salado Educator Preparation Program (EPP) staff member will contact individual students regarding the impact to their specific program plan.

Those students completing their program prior to Dec. 31, 2015 will not be impacted. ADE will continue to issue Cross-Categorical Certificates through Dec. 31, 2015. The ADE is aware of our fall 2015 student teachers and will honor Institutional Recommendations after Dec. 31, 2015, as long as all program requirements are met within the fall of 2015.

New Students (January 2016)

Beginning January 2016, the ADE will only be offering two Special Education Certificates (Mild to Moderate and Severe to Profound). Of these two certificates, Rio Salado’s EPP will provide the Mild to Moderate Specialist certification program. Due to these required changes mandated by the Arizona Department of Education, students will be following the program plan below.

Rio Salado will only offer the Mild to Moderate certification to current students who do not complete their program and/or receive their certification before Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Mild to Moderate
    Mild to Moderate classrooms include students with a variety of disabilities, generally more mild in nature. This is the most common special education classroom in K-12 schools.