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Early Childhood Education Birth-Grade 3

The Teacher in Residence (TIR) program allows students who already hold a bachelor's degree to complete their certification coursework while, simultaneously, being employed in a kindergarten through third grade classroom. All TIR students are also required to participate in an induction program (webinars, blogs, flip camera submissions and formal evaluations).

Students in the Early Childhood Education program are preparing to teach children from birth through third grade. This program requires 39-45 credits, including in-person field experiences in many of the courses, an internship at the birth through preschool level AND a K-3 student teaching experience. Students must show content proficiency by passing a state-approved content exam (AEPA/NES). Students must be employed as the teacher of record in a kindergarten through third grade classroom.

**NOTE:  Birth-preschool internship must be completed during the summer.  Can not be employed in a full-time preschool placement for the school year.  

Documentation Needed: Responsibility of:
Completed Rio Salado College Admission
Student
Completed TIR Program Admission Application
Student

Potential intern teacher candidates may enroll in a no-cost orientation course to learn more about the program. After enrolling in Rio Salado College and obtaining your MEID, contact 480-517-8140 to register.

Course Course Title Credits Field Experience
EDO100-101TR Introduction to the Teacher in Residence Programs 0  

After receiving formal admission into the TIR program, candidates will be enrolled in the courses below.

Start Date Course Course Title Credits Field Experience
Sem 1 EDU287AA Master Teacher Seminar I: Common Core
1
Sem 1 EEP250 Early Childhood Language and Literacy Development** 3 10 Hours Field Experience Site-based
Sem 1 EEP266 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods in Language Arts – Birth to Age Eight** 1 None
Sem 1 EFE297AC Intern Certificate Student Teaching Lab – K-3 Level I** 1
Sem 1 EEP276 Standard, Observation and Assessment of Typical and Atypical Behaviors Birth to Age Eight** 3 10 Hours Field Experience Site-based

Sem 2 EDU251 Methods for Teaching Structured English Immersion (SEI) and English as a Second Language (ESL)
OR
45-clock hour workshop credit certificate from an approved vendor (Transcript evaluation required)
      

           
0-3
 20 Hours Virtual
Sem 2 EEP244 Early Childhood Introduction to the Exceptional Child** 3 10 Hours Field Experience Site-based Preschool or Kindergarten through Third Grade***
Sem 2 EEP260 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods of Math – Birth to Age Eight** 3 10 Hours Field Experience Site-based
Sem 2 EEP262 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods of Science – Birth to Age Eight 2 10 Hours Field Experience Site-based 
Sem 2 EFE297AD Intern Certificate Student Teaching Lab - K-3 Level II 1  
Summer 1 POS220
OR
POS221
AND
POS222

 

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)

0-3  
     Total Required for Renewal 18-24
 
Rio TIR staff will register you for all courses. You will have 10 days after notification of registration to make payment arrangements.

Documentation Needed: Responsibility of:
Completion of 50% of program coursework by end of first year Student

Start Date Course Course Title Credits Field Experience
Sem 3 EEP240 Early Childhood Foundations** 3 10 Hours Field Experience Site-based Preschool***
Sem 3 EEP264 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods of Social Studies – Birth to Age Eight** 1 10 Hours Field Experience Site- based 
Sem 3 EFE297AE Intern Certificate Student Teaching Lab - K-3 Level III
1  
Sem 3 EEP224 Childhood Development: Prenatal to Age Eight 3 10 Hours Field Experience Site-based***
Infant / Toddler / Preschool***
Sem 4 EDU287AC Master Teacher Seminar III: Assessment 1  
Sem 4 EEP242 Early Childhood Guidance and Management** 3 10 Hours Field Experience Site-based Preschool***
Sem 4 EEP246 Early Childhood Culture, Community, Family and the Child 3 10 Hours Field Experience
Site-based Preschool***
Sem 4 EEP268 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods in the Arts – Birth to Age Eight 1  
Sem 4 EFE297AF Intern Certificate Student Teaching Lab - K-3 Level IV
1  
Summer 2 EEP289 Internship: Early Childhood Infant, Toddler, Preschool 4  60 Hours Field Experience Site-based Infant/Toddler/Preschool
    Total 39-45  
Rio TIR staff will register you for all courses. You will have 10 days after notification of registration to make payment arrangements.

Documentation Needed: Responsibility of:
Complete Institutional Recommendation (IR) for certification Rio Salado


** Indicates that IVP fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment.
*** Indicates that site-based Field Experiences must be completed at the age identified.