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Do you want to help guide today’s youth to becoming tomorrow’s leaders? Does the idea of helping children grow academically and socially appeal to you? If so, consider enrolling in the Education program. Upon completing this program, you can pursue a rewarding career as a teacher’s aide or instructional assistant. With continued education, you can become a secondary school or special education teacher, or teach in non-profit, community, or civic organizations.

This program will prepare you for a career in education with foundational education courses related to philosophies, policies, attitudes, behaviors, and instruction. Our experienced instructors will also help you develop in-depth knowledge in human development, teaching and learning theories, instructional strategies, cultural differences, and inclusive educational practices to individualize instruction for diverse learners. You will receive real-world classroom experiences to connect the theories you learn with hands-on practice. This program will also teach you about the historical and current educational influences at the local, state, federal, and global levels to educate you in professional policies and the political process.

Open the windows of young minds today. Enroll in the Education program.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Rio Salado College?

  • Flexible Start Dates: You can start almost every Monday of the year - so you can begin class on your schedule.
  • Accommodating Course Format: Classes are delivered online - allowing you to schedule time for classwork around your work and family commitments.
  • Textbooks Options: Most classes have low-cost rental options for textbooks. Some courses use open-educational resources (OER), which correlates to no textbook cost for students.
  • Free Tutoring: At Rio, we offer free, online tutoring to offer you additional support.
  • 24/7 Helpdesks: Need help? We have help available 24/7.
  • Experienced Faculty: Our faculty are working professionals who know their content and want to assist you in successfully completing your courses!

Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification (For those who possess a bachelor’s degree)

Rio Salado College’s Educator Preparation Program is an Arizona State Department of Education approved provider for various levels of teacher certification.  The pathways are designed to be affordable and provide the necessary flexibility to meet the needs of adult learners who are juggling work, family, and extracurricular activities.  Courses are offered in an online format and are blended with in-person field experiences, student teaching, and possibly full-time employment.

There are two Post Bacc program models available for candidates that lead to certification in one of the following areas:  Elementary K-8, Secondary 6-12, Early Childhood preK-3rd, Special Education Mild to Moderate, and Arts PreK-12 (Dance, Drama, Art and Theater).

  • Traditional Pathway: Flexible program offering which allows for completion of the certificate requirements at the teacher candidate’s pace, incorporates in-person field work and a culminating full-time student teaching experience 

  • Teacher in Residence (TIR) Pathway: Highly structured cohort model available only when the teacher candidate has been recommended by an Arizona school system for employment as a teacher of record.  The pathway allows teacher candidates to complete student teaching as part of the employment commitment while simultaneously completing the required academic coursework for certification.   

For inquiries, please email OR click on the links to the side for additional information such as application materials and checksheets.  


Rio Salado College offers coursework for educators seeking endorsements to add to their current teaching certificate and professional development offerings to maintain a strong understanding of current education issues and needs.

The Educator Preparation Program can assist candidates who have identified deficiencies in coursework needed to renew an Arizona teaching certificate or obtain an Arizona teaching certificate when transferring a teaching certificate from another state.

Additional Information can be found here