A. A district must be willing to hire you for a teaching position. Rio Salado College (RSC) can work with public and charter schools. You must pass the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) in the content area for which you are being hired – see the following website: www.aepa.nesinc.com
Upon passage of the AEPA, an admission packet must be completed for the Intern Certificate, including payment to the Arizona Department of Education.
Special Education interns may be required to complete additional AEPA exams beyond the special education subject knowledge exam. Contact your human resources department to verify.
A. Prior to the completion of your second year in the RSC Teacher-in-Residence program you will need to take and successfully pass the AEPA Professional Knowledge exam. For Elementary teachers this will be the Elementary Education exam (91), for Secondary teachers this will be the Secondary Education exam (92), for Special Education this will be the Elementary Education exam (91). For K-12 Arts teachers it is best to start with the professional knowledge exam for the grade levels you primarily teach at – grades K-8 = Elementary exam (91) and grades 7-12 = Secondary exam (92) – you will eventually need to take both. Further information on these exams and the certification requirements can be found at: http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/az-ed-exams/ and http://www.ade.state.az.us/certification
Q: Is a Master's Degree required?
A. No, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) only regulates the completion of the certification hours.
A. Rio Salado is able to work with students in Arts (K-12 Art, Music, Dance or Drama), Elementary (K-8), Special Education (K-12), and Secondary (7-12). An Institutional Recommendation (IR) is provided to the ADE and student teaching is included on the candidate's transcript.
A. The intent of the TIR Program is to ensure a "highly qualified," certified teacher in all Arizona classrooms. It is based on the following:
A. All districts are eligible for the partnership. If you see an opening posted on a district website, have passed the AEPA in the specified area, and are interested in applying with the district for an intern certificate, Rio is willing to work with your chosen district to explain the Teacher in Residence Program.
A. Yes. The idea behind this program and the Intern Certificate is to build continuity for the teaching candidate and the school district.
Q: Am I "Highly Qualified" under the Teacher in Residence program?
A. Absolutely! Under this program you meet the requirements for No Child Left Behind and the district can report you as being Highly Qualified.
A. The Intern Certificate will be revoked and your contract offer may be voided with the school district. The Intern Certificate is issued for one year and is renewable to a second year. Once an Intern Certificate has been revoked you are ineligible to receive an Intern Certificate for 5 years and will never again be able to obtain an Emergency Certificate.
A. At this time you can use the AEPA study tools available online. Rio Salado does offer a special workshop for those candidates interested in taking the AEPA Cross Categorical Content exam for special education. Contact Beth Hoffman at 480-517-8531 for more information.
Q: What are the costs?
A. The student will pay current Governing Board approved tuition per credit hour, and registration, course and student teaching fees.
A. Arts is 34 credit hours, Elementary is 45 credit hours, Secondary is 38 credit hours, and Special Education is 51 credit hours.
A. Teachers in Arizona have three years from the issuance of their Emergency, Intern, or Provisional Certificate to either complete coursework in both AZ Constitution (POS221) and US Constitution (POS222) or to pass the AEPA exam covering these areas. This means that, while not a requirement of the Teacher in Residence program, the coursework or exam for both U.S. and AZ Constitutions must be completed within one year after completing the TIR program.
If you are a history, civics, political science teacher you will only have one year to complete the courses or the AEPA exam for this requirement.
If you were initially an Emergency Certified teacher prior to the TIR program, you will have three years from the date of your EC which may mean you will need to complete these ADE requirements before the end of your TIR program.
A. Contact the Financial Aid office or follow the procedures online to apply for Financial Aid.
A. The Teacher in residence Program is available anywhere in Arizona because it is offered using a distance e-learning format. The only difference for a candidate outside of Maricopa County is the evaluation process.
For additional questions please contact the TIR Outreach Specialist at 480-517-8126.