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Special Education K-12 Mental Retardation (Intellectual Disabilities)

Program Details

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 - Mental Retardation 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 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).

The curriculum is taught with an engaged learning methodology that nurtures academic, behavioral, and social-emotional growth. The educational model encourages the development of academic and social-emotional skills in a positive and well-structured learning environment, with a focus on preparation for post-secondary education, employment, and citizenship.


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.