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Special Education Programs Grades K-12

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.

All Special Education programs have identical coursework except the student teaching course. Each program area requires student teaching within the identified special education disability. It is important for special education teachers to know about all disabilities.

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.

  • Cross-Categorical
    Cross-categorical 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.