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Special Education K-12 Cross-Categorical

Program Details

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.


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.