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Elementary Education Grades 1- 8

Program Details

Students in the Elementary Education program from Rio Salado College are preparing to teach grades 1-8. This program requires 45 credits, including in-person field experiences in many of the courses as well as a nine-week (45 instructional days) full-time student teaching experience. Students must verify content proficiency through the passage of a state-approved content exam (AEPA).

Most elementary school teachers are in charge of a single classroom of students who are all in the same grade. Accordingly, elementary school teachers typically instruct students in a variety of subjects, from language arts to social studies. While they still deliver formal lessons, elementary school teachers often use games, crafts and other entertaining activities to help students learn material.

Elementary school teachers are often required to know how to encourage and communicate well with young children in order to help them develop in their earliest academic years. Since school children learn intellectually and behaviorally at their own pace, a high level of patience is needed for the job.

Teachers may be required to communicate with parents on a regular basis. This may include phoning parents about specific issues or giving progress updates through report cards.

Post-Baccalaureate courses are designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree or higher, in any area, from an accredited university and who would like to become a teacher. 


Post-Baccalaureate courses are designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university.

Accreditation & Licensing

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


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