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Mild-Moderate Disabilities Special Education K-12

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. All TIR students are required to participate in an Induction Program (webinars, blogs, flip camera submissions and formal evaluations).

Continuing Students

Students in the current Special Education Educator Preparation Program completing after December 31st. 2015 will be required to follow new program requirements as mandated by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). The Cross Categorical certificate will no longer be available through ADE after this date. All students in the Cross Categorical program will be re-assigned into the Special Education Mild to Moderate certification program. A Rio Salado Educator Preparation Program staff member will contact individual students regarding the impact to their specific program plan.


New Students (January 2016)

Beginning January of 2016, the Arizona Department of Education will only be offering two Special Education Certificates (Mild/Moderate and Severe Profound). Of these two Certificates, Rio Salado’s EPP will provide the Mild to Moderate Specialist certification program. DUE to these required changes, mandated by the Arizona Department of Education, students will be following the program plan below.

Online college credit coursework is available in the following areas:

  • Mild to Moderate Disabilities Special Education
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
EDO100-101 Introduction to the Educator Preparation Programs (TIR) 0
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)
OR
Structured English Immersion Exam (AEPA/NES Exam Passing Score-Anticipated 2016-2017)

NOTE: If you have taken EDU220 or EDU232, you do not need EDU251.
0-3 Virtual Practicum 10 hours
Complete 1 course or equivalent workshop* to obtain Intern Certificate.
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
Sem 1 EDU235* The Exceptional Learner** 3 In-Person Field Experience 12 hours
Sem 1 EDU276* Classroom Management and Behavioral Analysis** 3 In-Person Field Experience 12 hours
Sem 1 EFE291AC*

Special Education:  Mild-Moderate Student Teaching I

Note: Grade will not be posted unless all coursework has been completed with a 3.0 GPA.

2




Sem 2 EDU223AA* Emotional Disabilities in the Classroom** 3 In-Person Field Experience 5 hours
Sem 2 EDU271* Phonics Based Reading and Decoding** 3 Virtual Practicum 10 hours
Sem 2 EFE291AD* Special Education:  Mild-Moderate Student Teaching II**

Note: Grade will not be posted unless all coursework has been completed with a 3.0 GPA.
2
Summer 1 EDU242* Language Development and Disorders
(available January 2016)
2
Summer 1 EDU244* Special Education Collaboration and Communication Practices
(available January 2016)
 1
Summer I 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 19-25
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
Sem 3 EDU223AB* Learning Disabilities in the Classroom** 3 In-Person Field Experience 5 hours
Sem 3 EDU223AD* Physical and Other Health Impairments in the Classroom** 3 In-Person Field Experience 5 hours
Sem 3 EFE291AE* Special Education: Mild-Moderate Student
Teaching III**

Note: Grade will not be posted unless all coursework has been completed with a 3.0 GPA.
2
Sem 4 EDU223AF* Assessment and Eligibility in Special Education** 3 In-Person Field Experience 2 hours
Sem 4 EDU293* Mathematics Methods and Curriculum Development** 3 In-Person Field Experience
10 hours
Sem 4 EFE291AF* Special Education: Mild-Moderate Student
Teaching IV**

Note: Grade will not be posted unless all coursework has been completed with a 3.0 GPA.
2
Summer 2 EDU223AC* Mild and Moderate Intellectual Disability in the Classroom** 3 Virtual Field Experience 2 hours
Summer 2 EDO100-103 Alumni Orientation ( Available Spring 2106) 0
Total 19
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