Program Overview

The Fine Arts program requires that students possess a specific degree built on their Fine Arts field. In order to qualify for one of the K-12 Fine Arts Education areas, students must pass the required AEPA content exam for Art or Music, or verify 24 credits of prior coursework in Dance or Dramatic Arts.

Students in the Arts Education program are preparing to teach grades K-12. This program requires 34 credits including in-person field experiences in many of the courses as well as a nine-week student teaching experience. Students must verify content proficiency through the passage of a state-approved content exam (AEPA).

The program develops art education professionals who are knowledgeable about the subject of art, think systematically about the act of teaching, are committed to teaching students about art in meaningful and critical ways, who consider teaching to be a dynamic and continuing process of development and growth, recognize and respect individual differences in their students and adapt their teaching strategies to fit individual student needs.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

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

    Requirements

    Post-Baccalaureate courses are designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university. Students must also must pass the required AEPA content exam for Art or Music, or verify 24 credits of prior coursework in Dance or Dramatic Arts.

    Restrictions

    Many states will NOT accept Arizona Certificates if there are deficiencies listed on the 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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