Program Overview

All Special Education programs have identical coursework, and each program area requires student teaching within the identified special education disability. It is important for special education teachers to know about all disabilities.

Students in the Special Education - Emotional Disabilities program are preparing to teach Special Education classes in grades K-12. This program requires 51 credits including in-person field experiences in many of the courses as well as a nine-week student teaching experience. Students must verify content proficiency through the passage of a state-approved content exam (AEPA).

Educators specializing in Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD) teach students whose emotional and/or behavioral disabilities interfere with their acquisition of academic, vocational and social skills. Educators gain skills in differentiating instruction, assessing challenging behavior and implementing effective classroom management and positive behavioral support. After completing this program students will have the knowledge and skills to postively impact students in the K-12 classroom, become part of a supportive network of fellow students, and learn from expert faculty currently active in the K-12 classroom.

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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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