Program Overview

The Academic Certificate (AC) in K-12 Online Teaching is designed to provide K-12 teachers with a foundation for teaching online classes. Students will review online discipline issues, parental involvement and communication, and legal issues. Courses are also designed to prepare students to design and facilitate the online classroom experience. Courses may lead to Arizona Department of Education endorsement.

The goal of this program is to prepare current K-12 teachers to teach in an online environment and to become leaders in the development, implementation and evaluation of online programs. This includes helping students understand how various topics within subject areas are effectively represented using technology and pedagogical strategies required to teach these concepts online.

This goal is accomplished by offering course work that addresses all three domains along with field experience opportunities. Through these experiences, students would be prepared to teach in online and blended educational environments.

The total number of credits required for this certificate is 18. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Must hold a provisional or standard elementary, or secondary, or special education teaching certificate.

    School Overview

    Rio Salado College is a community college located in Tempe, Arizona that was originally founded in 1967 as one of the 10 Maricopa County community colleges. Since 1996, the school has offered online classes and, starting in 2006, a majority of the courses have been transferred online. The school is recognized as a leader in Higher Education with specialization in distance learning and online education. Part of the mission of Rio Salado is to aim to transform the experience of learning through offering students choice, access, and flexibility; customized high quality learning designs; and personalized services and organizational responsiveness.

    RSC offers online programs, certificates, academic certificates, and associate's degrees. Online education is one of the most prominent academic programs at the college. 


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