Program Overview

Students in the Secondary Education program from Rio Salado College are preparing to teach grades 7-12. This program requires 38 credits, including in-person field experiences in many of the courses as well as a nine-week (45 instructional days) student teaching experience.

Secondary students must choose a content area for certification. In Arizona it is not required that students have a degree in the chosen content area, but they must verify content proficiency through the passage of a state-approved content exam.

This program is dedicated to providing instruction in educational theory balanced with current classroom practices. The program focuses on a value-centered approach toward the preparation of caring, uniquely-qualified candidates to address the needs of diverse populations in today's schools. The Secondary Teaching Certification curriculum prepares students to teach grades 7-12. Secondary Education students select a concentration for certification from the following disciplines: English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies.

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


    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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