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Special Education

K-12 Cross Categorical

The Teacher-In-Residence intern program allows students who already hold a bachelor's degree to receive employment in a classroom while simultaneously completing their education coursework toward certification.

Students in the Special Education program are preparing to teach grades K-12. Special Education certifications include Cross-categorical, Emotional Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Mental Challenges, Orthopedic Impairments, and Other Health Impairments. This program requires 51 credits including in-person field experiences in many of the courses as well as 8 credits of full-time student teaching. Students must verify content proficiency through the passage of a federally-approved content exam (AEPA/NES).

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 in 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.

Documentation Needed: Responsibility of:
Completed Intern application Student
If outside of Maricopa County - check to Arizona Department of Education (ADE) for $60 per content area + $60 for provisional SEI. Student
Valid fingerprint clearance card* Student
Formal admissions packet to Rio Salado, including transcripts** Student
Passing score on AEPA/NES Subject Knowledge Exam Student
Completion of SEI workshop or course below Student

Course Course Title Credits Field Experience
EDU232 Serving K-12 English Language Learners (ELL)**
3 Virtual
Practicum 20 hours
EDU251 Methods for Teaching Structured English Immersion (SEI) and English as a Second Language (ESL)** 3 Virtual
Practicum 10 hours
Complete 1 course or equivalent workshop* to obtain Intern Certificate. Second course MUST be completed prior to completion of the TIR program.

*Workshop hours must be converted to college credit prior to completion of the TIR program.

Documentation Needed: Responsibility of:
Completion of 50% of program coursework – one month prior to intern certificate expiration. Student
Application for extension of intern certificate –submit to Rio Salado Student
If not already completed, register for Elementary Professional Knowledge portion of AEPA/NES. Passing scores to Rio prior to end of Year 2. Student
Submit RSC transcript for application extension. Student
RSC must provide proof of satisfactory progress. Rio Salado College

Start Date Course
Course Title
Credits Field Experience
Fall I EDU285 Education Program Seminar** 2
Fall I EDU257AC* Intern Certificate Student Teaching Lab - Special Education I**
Grade is not posted unless all coursework has been completed with a "B" or better
2
Fall I EDU276* Classroom Management** 3 In-Person Field Experience
12 hours
Fall I EDU222* Intro to Exceptional Learner** 3 In-Person Field Experience 12 hours
Fall I EDU287AA Master Teacher Seminar I**
Induction Program
1
Fall I EDU287AC Master Teacher Seminar III**
Induction Program
1
Spring I EDU257AD* Intern Certificate Student Teaching Lab - Special Education II**
Grade is not posted unless all coursework has been completed with a B” or better.
2
Spring I EDU223AB* Learning Disabilities in the Classroom** 3 In-Person Field Experience
5 hours
Spring I EDU226* Methods in Special Education** 3 In-Person Field Experience
10 hours
Spring I EDU271 Phonics Based Reading and Decoding** 3 Virtual
Practicum
10 hours
     Total 22  
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:
Employment Verification Form School District
ADE Intern Acknowledgement Form Student
Signature from Rio Salado regarding enrollment in Teacher-In-Residence program Rio Salado College
Designated Rio Salado Supervisor Rio Salado College

Start Date Course Course Title Credits Field Experience
Fall I EDU257AE* Intern Certificate Student Teaching Lab - Special Education III**
Grade is not posted unless all coursework has been completed with a "B" or better
2
Fall I EDU293* Mathematics Methods and Curriculum Development** 3 In-Person Field Experience
10 hours
Fall I EDU223AA* Emotional Disabilities in the Classroom** 3 In-Person Field Experience
5 hours
Fall I EDU223AD* Physical and Other Health Impairments in the Classroom** 3 In-Person Field Experience
5 hours
Spring I EDU257AF* Intern Certificate Student Teaching Lab - Special Education IV**
Grade is not posted unless all coursework has been completed with a B” or better.
2
Spring I EDU223AC* Mild and Moderate Intellectual Disability in the Classroom** 3 Virtual
Practicum
10 hours
Spring I EDU223AF* Assessment in Special Education** 3 In-Person Field Experience
2 hours
Spring I EDU272 Educational Psychology** 3
     Total 23  
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
RSC official transcript Student

Additional Requirements to be completed within 3yrs. of Initial Certification (EC/Intern/Provisional)
Start Date Course Course Title Credits Field Experience

POS222 US Constitution 2

POS221 Arizona Constitution 1