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Fall semester 2018 admissions have closed. The Teacher in Residence (TIR) program is currently accepting students/applications for the Spring 2019 semester through January 23, 2019. Completed applications received prior to, November 2018, will be held at Rio Salado College. Beginning in late November - early December completed applications may be brought down to the Arizona Department of Education for the issuance of the Alternative certificate. For further information, contact 480-517-8140 and register for a Non-credit class EDO100-101TR. This orientation class will further explain the expectations of this program. There is no cost for this non-credit course.

Teacher in Residence Programs

The Teacher in Residence Programs allow students who already hold a bachelor's degree to receive employment in a classroom while simultaneously completing their education coursework toward certification. The Post Baccalaureate Teacher in Residence Programs are approved by the Arizona Department of Education and utilizes the Alternative Teaching Certificate (formally known as the Intern Teaching Certificate).

Students must be recommended by a school district for employment, as a contracted teacher, provide a current IVP fingerprint card, and appropriate passing subject knowledge exam scores. If teaching in an English Language Development (ELD) classroom, students must also successfully complete an approved Structured English Immersion workshop or course.

NOTE: All application materials are purged after one year from receipt when program enrollment does not transpire.

Available Programs

Online college credit coursework is available in the following areas:

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Orientation Dates

In-Person Orientation Dates
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November 28, 2018 In-person orientation
December 10, 2018 In-person orientation
All in-person events will be held 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Rio Salado College, 2323 West 14th Street, Tempe, Arizona 85281. Your confirmation will contain room location and details.

Virtual Orientation Dates
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September 26, 2018 Virtual orientation
October 24, 2018 Virtual orientation
November 5, 2018 Virtual orientation
December 5, 2018 Virtual orientation
All virtual events will be held 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Link will be provided upon registration.

Rio Salado Teacher Preparation Programs are approved by the Arizona State Board of Education and Rio Salado College is a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.


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