The post baccalaureate educator preparation programs and the bachelor’s degree educator preparation pathway are designed to meet the academic requirements for a certified educator in the State of Arizona.
The Rio Salado Educator Preparation Program Post Baccalaureate Teacher in Residence program MUST be completed in Arizona with initial licensure in Arizona.
Rio Salado College is no longer admitting out of state students into the Post Baccalaureate Traditional program. New students admitted into the Post Baccalaureate Traditional program MUST complete the program in Arizona with initial licensure in Arizona.
For current students in the Rio Salado Post Baccalaureate Traditional program seeking certification or licensure in a state other than Arizona, the Rio Salado Post Baccalaureate Traditional program DOES NOT meet academic requirements for initial teacher certification in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Rio Salado has not determined if its program meets or does not meet the educational requirements for Missouri and Vermont. Students may seek initial certification in Arizona and then be eligible for reciprocity in other states, except for Kentucky. If you are initially certifying through Arizona, you may be eligible for reciprocity in your home state.
Students in Delaware and Kentucky should not enroll in the Post Baccalaureate Traditional program at Rio Salado College because Rio Salado College does not have state approval in those states.
Please review the initial licensure and certification disclosures from your state for more information.
After out-of-state students have reviewed the initial licensure and certification disclosures, then:
- Speak to a Rio Salado College Academic Advisor to establish an academic program plan. Contact Rio Salado College Academic Advisement at 480-517-8580.
- Out of state students need to obtain fingerprint/background clearance to participate in in-person field experiences at a school/district in your area. Please read the information regarding fingerprint and background clearance and download the Fingerprint/Background Check Verification Form.