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K-12 Learning Disabilities

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).

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 Subject Knowledge Student
Completion of SEI workshop or course below Student

Course Course Title Credits Field Experience
EDU220 Intro to Serving Eng. Lang Learners (ELL) 3 Virtual
Practicum 20 hours
EDU251 Methods of SEI/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. 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 EFE285AC Teacher in Residence Student Teaching
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 EFE285AD Teacher in Residence Student Teaching.
Grade is not posted unless all coursework has been completed with a B” or better.
2
Spring I EDU223AB Learning Disabilities 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 Reading/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 EFE285AE Teacher in Residence Student Teaching
Grade is not posted unless all coursework has been completed with a "B" or better
2
Fall I EDU293 Math Methods 3 In-Person Field Experience
10 hours
Fall I EDU223AA Emotional Disabilities 3 In-Person Field Experience
5 hours
Fall I EDU223AD Health/Orthopedic Impairments 3 In-Person Field Experience
5 hours
Spring I EFE285AF Teacher in Residence Student Teaching.
Grade is not posted unless all coursework has been completed with a B” or better.
2
Spring I EDU223AC Mental Retardation 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

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