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Early Childhood Endorsement, Birth through Age 8 or through Grade 3 Endorsement

Student Information

All teachers serving children birth through kindergarten must have a provisional Early Childhood certificate, standard early childhood certificate, or an early childhood endorsement by July 1, 2012.
An individual who holds the Early Childhood endorsement in combination with an Arizona Cross-Categorical, Emotional Disability, Learning Disability, Mental Retardation, Orthopedic/Other Health Impairment or Severely and Profoundly Disabled Special Education teaching certificate is not required to hold the Early Childhood Special Education certificate.

Early Childhood Education Endorsement

The Early Childhood Education endorsement shall be automatically renewed with the certificate on which it is posted.

Arizona Department of Education Requirements

  1. Completed Application for Endorsement (submit upon completion of required coursework)
  2. Appropriate Fee (see application for endorsement)
  3. One of the following:
    1. A photocopy of your valid IVP fingerprint card (plastic) issued on or after January 1, 2008
      OR
    2. A photocopy of your valid Arizona fingerprint clearance card (plastic) issued prior to January 1, 2008
  4. A valid Arizona Elementary, Secondary or Special Education certificate.
  5. Option A or B
    Option A
    1. Twenty-one (21) semester hours of early childhood education courses from an accredited institution to include all of the following areas of study: 1) foundations of early childhood education; 2) child guidance and classroom management; 3) characteristics and quality practices for typical and atypical behaviors of young children; 4) child growth and development including, health, safety and nutrition; 5) child, family, cultural and community relationships; 6) developmentally appropriate instructional methodologies for teaching language, math, science, social studies and the arts; 7) early language and literacy development; 8) assessing, monitoring and reporting progress of young children;
    2. A minimum of 8 semester hours of practicum including:
      • 4 semester hours in a supervised field experience, practicum, internship, or student teaching setting serving children birth through preschool. One year of full-time verified teaching experience with children in birth through preschool may substitute for this student teaching experience. Submit a letter on official letterhead from a District Superintendent or Program Director of a school-based education program or center-based program licensed by the Department of Health Services or regulated by tribal or military authorities to verify teaching experience.
      • 4 semester hours in a supervised student teaching setting serving children in kindergarten through grade 3. One year of full-time teaching experience with children in kindergarten through grade 3 in an accredited school may substitute for this student teaching experience. Submit a letter on official letterhead from a District Superintendent or Personnel Director verifying teaching experience.
    3. Subject Knowledge Early Childhood Education Exam.
      One of the following:
      1. A passing score on the Subject Knowledge Early Childhood Education portion of the AEPA or NES.
      2. A valid comparable certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Submit a notarized copy of the certificate.

    Option B
    1. Professional Knowledge Early Childhood Exam.
      One of the following:
      1. A passing score on the Professional Knowledge Early Childhood portion of the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) or the NES.
      2. Valid comparable certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Submit a notarized copy of the certificate.
      3. Three (3) years of full-time teaching early childhood education, birth through grade 3. Submit a letter on official letterhead from the District Superintendent or Personnel Director to verify teaching experience.
    2. Subject Knowledge Early Childhood Education Exam.
      One of the following:
      1. A passing score on the Subject Knowledge Early Childhood Education portion of the AEPA or NES.
      2. A current certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Submit a notarized copy of the certificate.
    3. A minimum of 8 semester hours of practicum including:
      1. 4 semester hours in a supervised field experience, practicum, internship, or student teaching setting serving children birth through preschool. One year of full-time verified teaching experience with children in birth through preschool may substitute for this student teaching experience. Submit a letter on official letterhead from a District Superintendent or Program Director of a school-based education program or center-based program licensed by the Department of Health Services or regulated by tribal or military authorities to verify teaching experience.
      2. 4 semester hours in a supervised student teaching setting serving children in kindergarten through grade 3. One year of full-time teaching experience with children in kindergarten through grade 3 in an accredited school may substitute for this student teaching experience. Submit a letter on official letterhead from a District Superintendent or Personnel Director verifying teaching experience.

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Rio Salado College welcomes you to a dynamic learning opportunity where you will receive hands-on experience in the classroom. Rio's Endorsement courses are designed "for teachers, by teachers."

Courses

Rio Salado College offers the following courses to meet the methods requirements listed above.

LEVEL I
Rio Salado chooses not to participate in Option B with only placing for student teaching/internship.
Course Course Title Credits
EEC200* Early Learning Foundations
Note: 10 field experience hours in Infant, Toddler, Preschool
3
EEC201* Early Learning Guidance and Management 3
EEC202* Early Learning Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child 3
EEC203* Early Learning Culture, Community, Family and the Child 3
EEC204* Early Learning Language and Literacy Development 3
EEC222* Early Learning: The Developing Child Prenatal to Age Eight
Note: 10 required field experience hours in Infant, Toddler, Preschool
3
Formal admission into Level II application required. Continuing Students prior to August 2013.
* Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites

LEVEL II - After Formal Acceptance in to the Teacher Prep Program
Course Course Title Credits
EEC205* Early Learning: Instructional Methodologies of Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, and the Arts
Note: 10 required field experience hours in 3rd Grade
3
EEC206* Standards, Observation and Assessment of Typical and Atypical Behaviors 3
* Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites

LEVEL III - Internships/Student Teaching Must have the AEPA Subject Knowledge exam submitted
Rio Salado choose not to participate in Option B with only placing for student teaching/internship.
Course Course Title Credits
EEC295* Early Learning: Infant/Toddler/Preschool Internship
Note: May be completed in summer
4
EEC297* Early Learning: Student Teaching Lab 4
* Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites