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. No AEPA is available for Dramatic Arts.

Students in the Dramatic Arts 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 Dramatic Arts certificate requires 24 credits of approved content in theater or speech.

The dramatic arts education K–12 degree program is designed to prepare students to become creative teachers who can meet the educational needs of elementary and secondary school theatre students. The skills the program emphasizes include, but are not limited to, interpersonal communication, social, life, acting, directing, writing, historical/analytical, and design/production skills. In addition to developing highly skilled educators, the program is designed to develop strong directing and production skills in each prospective teacher.

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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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