Program Overview

It is important for special education teachers to know about all disabilities. Students in the Special Education Cross Categorical program from Rio Salado College are preparing to teach Special Education classes in grades K-12. This program requires 51 credits, including in-person field experience in many of the courses and a nine-week student teaching experience. Students must verify content proficiency through the passage of a state-approved content exam (AEPA).

This program qualifies educators to teach students with mild to moderate mental disability, emotional disabilities and specific learning disabilities. The uniqueness of this certificate, from a student standpoint, is that teacher candidates can have just one certificate instead of requiring multiple certificates for each area of disability. A student can now become more marketable with the Cross-Categorical Special Education teaching certificate as they can teach students with multiple disabilities and not be restrained to teach in just one area with a lesser certification.

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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.

    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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