Program Overview

All Special Education programs have identical coursework except the student teaching course. 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 - Learning 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). This specialization provides candidates with an educational foundation based on theoretical and conceptual frameworks and best practices that are widely accepted by experts in the field, and an in-depth understanding of learning styles and self-determination for the learning disabled. At the end of this program, teachers are able to understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students, understand how children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support a child’s intellectual, social, and personal development. As well as understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage student development of critical-thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills, and plan instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.

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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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