Program Overview

The Fine Arts program requires that students possess a specific degree built on their Fine Arts field. In order to qualify for this K-12 Fine Arts Education area, students must verify 24 credits of prior coursework in Dance or Dramatic Arts. No AEPA is available for Dance Arts.

Students in the Dance Education program are preparing to teach grades K-12. This program requires 34 credits including in-person field experience in many of the courses as well as a nine-week student teaching experience. The K-12 Dance Arts certificate requires 24 credits of approved content in dance.

As a result of this program students will be able to discuss a basic theoretical and functional body of knowledge and the methods of inquiry for performing, teaching and composing dances. Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the planning, delivery and evaluation of standards of Dance Education, be able to model an aesthetic, artistic and instrumental proficiency, and will be able to design developmentally appropriate curriculum that promotes individuality through creativity, expressivity, and embodied dance responses.

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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


    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.


    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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