Post Baccalaureate Teacher Prep Program
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EARLY CHILDHOOD POST-BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM
Rio Salado College Teacher Education is proud to offer a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Prep
Program for Early Childhood Education. The Early Childhood Post-Baccalaureate program meets
the Arizona Department of Education requirements for individuals preparing to teach birth through
third grade. This program includes 47 credits with in-person practicums, an internship, and student
teaching. For more information and to view a program plan please visit:
Or call Academic Advisement at (480) 517-8580
IMPORTANT FINGERPRINT INFORMATION :
The Legislature of the State of Arizona recently revised ARS 2566, Section 15-534, to read:
G. ANY PERSON WHO PARTICIPATES IN A TEACHER PREPARATION PROGRAM THAT IS
APPROVED BY THE STATE BOARD OR ANY PERSON WHO IS CONTRACTED BY THIS STATE, BY A
SCHOOL DISTRICT OR BY A CHARTER SCHOOL TO PROVIDE TUTORING SERVICES SHALL
OBTAIN A FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE CARD PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION BEFORE THE PERSON
PARTICIPATES IN FIELD EXPERIENCE IN WHICH SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED DIRECTLY TO
What does this mean to you as a Rio Salado student? It means that BEFORE we can place you in ANY practicum, Rio
in-state students must have a copy of your fingerprint clearance card on file. Previously, we did not require this
documentation until you applied for Formal Admission to Level II of the Teacher Prep Program. Now we will need the
documentation much earlier because EDU221, EDU222, EDU270AA & EDU276 require a practicum component. If
you have a practicum already in progress, continue your assignment. If you have requested in practicum placement and
are waiting for approval, we will address your situation on a case by case basis. If you have not obtained a fingerprint
clearance card, please apply for one immediately. This new mandate only applies to in-state students. * However, a
notarized copy of the fingerprint clearance card for out-of-state students must be submitted with the formal application
packet when you apply to Level II **
Effective immediately, fingerprint clearance cards must be on file for all in-state students requesting practicum
placement. Out-of-state students must check the finger print requirements in the state in which they intend to complete
their practicum. It takes approximately 4-12 weeks to receive your fingerprint clearance card from the Arizona
Department of Public Safety, submit your application immediately (if you have not already). Without a record of this,
Rio personnel cannot confirm your practicum placement, and your progress in the program may be delayed. (Note: It
will be critical for you to continue with your course lessons while waiting for fingerprint clearance.) Please note: Rio
Salado Teacher Education Staff are required to enforce this new mandate.
To obtain an Application Packet for an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card, please contact the Arizona Department of
Public Safety (DPS) by phone, fax or mail:
Street Address: Arizona Department Public Safety (DPS)
2320 North 20th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85005
DPS by Phone or Fax: (602) 223-2279 (Phone)
(602) 223-2947 (Fax)
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DPS by Mail: Applicant Clearance Card Team
Arizona Department of Public Safety
2320 North 20th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85005-8390
Once you receive your fingerprint card you will need to do the following:
1. Have a notary make TWO copies of your card. Have them enlarge the copy a bit so a faxed copy of the
card will still be easy to read. COPY BOTH SIDES OF THE CARD.
2. In the presence of the notary, write on each copy: “I certify that this is a valid copy of my current
fingerprint card” and sign your name.
3. Write the last four digits of your Social Security Number next to your signature.
4. Have the signed copies notarized.
5. Fax one copy to the Education Department at 480-377-4713, attention: Fingerprints.
6. Save the second copy for your Level II Formal Admission Packet.
* Out-of-state students only submit the fingerprint card once: when applying to Level II.
** If you have already submitted your Level II application packet, or if you have been admitted to Level II, we have
verification of your fingerprint clearance card and you can disregard this alert.
AEPA TEST SESSION CHANGE
Beginning with the September 20, 2008 test administration, the following tests will be offered only
in the morning session:
All subject knowledge tests
The Supervisor (82) test
The Constitutions of the United States and Arizona (33) test
The following tests will only be offered in the afternoon session:
All Professional Knowledge (91-93) tests
The Basic Skills (96-98) test
The Principal (81) and Superintendent (80) tests will continue to be two-session, full-day tests
TEACHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS MOVED
The Teacher Education unit will still be located at 2323 W. 14th Street in Tempe. However, you
can now find us on the 3rd floor of the Rio Salado Tower Building. Please check in at the front desk
lobby for directions to the Teacher Education unit.
Beginning Summer 1, courses will be rolling out a new assessment structure. This new structure
directly impacts those classes with a practicum component consisting of three types of
assessments: (1) Lesson Participation Assignments, (2) Signature & Practicum Assignment(s), and
(3) Examinations. The Signature Assignment will consist of a 100 point assignment that is directly
related to the Arizona State Teaching Standards. As per Arizona Department of Education
requirements, this assignment will measure how Rio Salado students demonstrate the 9 teaching
standards. Refer to your course syllabus for additional information.
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NEW CUSTOM TEXTBOOKS
Rio Salado partnered with Pearson’s custom publishing to develop a unique textbook solution with
average student savings of 51%! Many of the EDU courses will be transitioning to the customize
textbooks over the next few months.
Customized Textbooks features:
Customized course content
Designed around specific courses
Buyback options at Rio Bookstore
May I accelerate my course? This is a commonly asked question at Rio Salado College. The good
news is YES! We ask that you submit no more than two lessons at a time, and wait up to 72 hours
for feedback. While waiting for feedback, you can continue to work on the course by word
processing and saving your assignments. Then once you receive feedback on your previous
lessons, you can then submit two more.
Remember, that once your instructor posts your final grade in RioLearn, it can still take up to 72
hours for this grade to post to your transcripts. Be sure to allow plenty of time for grades to
NEW TEST TAKING SKILLS TUTORIAL
Do you feel nervous, panic, or freeze while taking tests? This tutorial will focus on how to create a
study plan to prepare for the AEPA. It will also provide test taking strategies that are specific to
multiple choice questions and essay questions while addressing test anxiety to help in course work.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the test taking tutorial.
ASK A LIBRARIAN
Maricopa Community Colleges’ ASK A LIBRARIAN chat service is available 24/7, 365 days a year to
serve the information needs of students, faculty and staff. Professional librarians are available online to
instruct students on how to discover and navigate an increasingly complex world of information and select
the best resources, including electronic databases, the catalog, and more.
We’re here to help with:
Selecting the best database(s) to search
Finding scholarly articles
Discovering primary sources
Requesting books from other Maricopa College Libraries
And a whole lot more!
Ask a Librarian site –www.maricopa.edu/its/ask
US AND ARIZONA CONSTITUTION COURSES
The Arizona Department of Education requires all teacher certification applicants to complete
Arizona and U.S. Constitution (POS221 & POS222) within three years of applying for their
teaching certificate. The three years begins if you have ever applied for an Emergency Teaching
Certificate or an Intern Certificate except for individuals applying for a certification authorizing
them to teach a course that focuses predominantly on history, government, social studies,
citizenship, law or civics, who have one year to fulfill this requirement.
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NEW STRUCTURED ENGLISH IMMERISON MANDATE BY THE ARIZONA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:
It is our desire to make sure that each student completing course work through Rio Salado is
directed in the best way regarding teacher certification. Therefore, please take note of the
following important information regarding your coursework:
Students must have at least 3 credits of approved coursework for a Provisional SEI
Endorsement. In order to have a Full SEI Endorsement the student must have 6 credits of
For more information, please view: http://www.ade.az.gov/asd/lep/CertificationSEIrequirements.doc.
If you are a Post-Bacc student and apply for certification AFTER Aug 31, 2006
1) Student has taken 225 & 240 needs EPD220 and EDP233 or EPD244
2) Student has taken 225 & 251 only needs EPD220
3) Student has taken 220 and 251, has all components for Full SEI
Note: The Arizona Department of Education now requires all approved Teacher Certification
Programs to offer coursework in Structured English Immersion to meet the new state
mandate to include this content information. Effective January 1, 2007, Rio Salado College
(RSC) will require all special education students to take EDU220 Introduction to Serving
English Language Learners (ELL) as part of the program plan. Although not required,
RSC strongly recommends that special education students also take EDU251 Methods of
Teaching SEI/ESL in addition to the EDU220. By taking this added course, students will
qualify to apply for an ESL Provisional and a Full SEI Endorsement with the Provisional
Cross Categorical Teacher Certification.
**NOTE: In order to meet the SEI requirements effective 10/16/06 EDU 225 changed to EDU220
Introduction to Serving English Language Learners (ELL). Individuals will have the 6
credits of SEI training by taking EDU220 and EDU251. If you took EDU225 and EDU
251, please take EPD 220 to obtain the Full SEI Endorsement.
ANYONE CONSIDERING MS MATH AS AN APPROVED CONTENT AREA:
Below, you will find a letter of clarification from the Arizona Department of Education regarding
Middle School Math. MS Math cannot be a stand-alone content area:
If you are an elementary certification student, you must pass the Elementary AEPA subject
and professional knowledge portions. If you wish to add MS Math as a content area, then
passage of the AEPA MS Math is required.
If you are secondary certification student, you must pass an approved Secondary content
area AEPA exam (or if no AEPA is available in your content – have 24 credit hours of
approved coursework in a content that is taught in the public schools). The MS Math AEPA
is not an approved Secondary content area, but can be added on to your Secondary
Please take this information seriously as an institutional recommendation for certification will not
be issued at the end of your Teacher Prep Program unless you have met the necessary requirements.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Field Experience Coordinator
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State of Arizona
Department of Education
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
Tuesday, October 31, 2006 Certification (602) 542-4367
AEPA Middle Grade Exams
TEACHER CERTIFICATION, ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Effective April, 2006, the AEPA Middle Grade Mathematics exam became available. The AEPA
Middle Grade Language Arts/Reading, General Science, and Social Studies exams will be available
April, 2007. The following is important information concerning these exams and certification.
The Secondary certificate requires an approved area for grades 7-12. Therefore, a middle grade
subject knowledge exam may not be used as the first subject knowledge exam required for a
secondary certificate. To qualify for a secondary certificate, one must pass the professional
knowledge secondary exam and pass a subject knowledge exam which covers grades 7 – 12 or, if
an exam is not offered, one must show 24 semester hours of college coursework in the content area
on official transcripts from an accredited institution. Once the secondary certificate is issued, with
at least one approved area that covers grades 7-12, a middle grade approved area may be added
by passing the appropriate middle grade content exam.
The Elementary certificate requires a passing score on the Professional Knowledge Elementary
exam and the Subject Knowledge Elementary exam. Once the Elementary certificate is issued, a
middle grade subject approved area may be added by passing the appropriate AEPA subject
TASKSTREAM: THE TOOLS OF ENGAGEMENT
Many of the Rio Salado Teacher Education Level II methods courses require an additional
subscription to a web-based tool called TaskStream. This is a one-year subscription offering tools for
instructional design, classroom management, and documentation of learning and reporting. There is
a subscription fee for this software application, and is a paid separately from your Rio Salado College
tuition and course fees. To purchase this web-based tool refer to your course lesson plans or syllabi.
Please note: Course(s) and lesson plan(s) will guide you through the purchasing and utilization of
this software application.
Some Teacher Education courses may have additional costs. The college reserves the right to add
and adjust course fees, as deemed appropriate. For a listing of Teacher Education course fees please
refer to the current Rio Salado College class schedule and catalog.
MIDTERM AND FINAL MINIMUM PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS REMINDER:For
clarification purposes, it is important that all students fully understand the “B” (80% or better) policy
that is in place for all Rio Salado College Teacher Education Programs.
Student must earn a grade of “B” or better in all Level I EDU courses and a GPA of 3.0 or better, in
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order to be considered for Level II formal admissions.
1. Student must earn a grade of “B” or better in all Level II EDU courses and a GPA of 3.0 or
2. Qualify for Level III student teaching placement.
1. By not receiving grades of “B” or better in Level II may change their student teaching
date and thus would also require a $100.00 change fee to reschedule student teaching.
The student must re-take the course to obtain the required “B” or better grade. This includes
re-registering, paying tuition, re-doing each lesson, and completing another practicum experience
if one is required in the course.
3. Students taking EDU course work for any other purpose than formal admissions will receive
the grade earned based on the syllabus of the course.
TEACHER PREP COURSE FAILURE POLICY
The following policy components apply to any student who fails a Teacher Education (EDU) course at Level I
or Level II.
1. Students are allowed to retake the same course only one additional time.
2. Students must retake the failed course prior to enrolling in any additional courses.
3. When repeating the course, students must:
fulfill all course requirements, including the practicum.
it is strongly recommended that assignments from the original course not be resubmitted to the
new instructor. Redoing the course assignments will help in gaining a clearer understanding of the
material and also provide a better opportunity of passing the course at the required course performance
4. Any student who withdraws or fails any course for the second time will not be allowed to continue in
5. Students cannot fail more than two courses during the duration of the program. More than two course
failures, regardless of whether or not they have been repeated successfully, will result in the student not
being allowed to continue in the program.
INFORMATION RELEASE CONCERN
Please be aware that numerous school districts contact our education office on a regular basis seeking
qualified education students to fill substitute positions as well as long-term contract positions. If you
have not given Rio Salado permission to release your personal information we will not be able to
provide your name to a school district, charter school, or private school. Please contact Student
Enrollment Services if you would like to change your Information Release Status - they can be
reached at 480-517-8540.
CHANGE IN PRACTICUM OFFERINGS: IMPORTANT!!
1. Level II method courses that requires a practicum will not be available during the Summer I
term (mid May – June 30). You must plan accordingly. To review the most recent program
plan refer to the Post-Bacc website listed under Program Plan.
2. In-state students must apply immediately through the Arizona Department of Public
Safety for fingerprint clearance in order to participate in any classroom practicum.
Out-of-State students are responsible for complying with their home state fingerprint
requirements. If there is no fingerprint requirement, students must secure an Arizona
fingerprint clearance card with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Fingerprint
clearance packet may be obtained by contacting the Arizona Department of Public Safety at:
Department of Public Safety, Application Clearance Card Team, 2320 N. 20th Ave, Phoenix,
AZ 85005 (602) 223-2279. Classification takes 10-12 weeks.
3. Fingerprint packets must be mailed by the fingerprint agency.
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1. NEW PRACTICUM POLICY REGARDING WITHDRAWALS:
If any student withdraws from an EDU course after beginning the practicum request process they
must notify the Field Experience Coordinator at 480-517-8121. Failure to notify our office of the
withdrawal from courses will result in future practicum placements being made at the discretion of
the Field Experience Coordinator at which time the student will not be allowed to request specific
2. The policy requires that you cannot overlap or use the same hours for two different practicums.
Please ensure that all practicum hours are annotated for the specific practicum you are doing. Do
NOT mix the hours or use the same hours for two different classes. If you violate this policy you
will be asked to redo your entire practicum.
3. Students must assure the correct course and section number are listed on the forms.
4. ANY student requesting a practicum for EDU coursework MUST provide an area of town OR
three (3) schools to which they are willing to travel. (The three choices may include charter, public
or private schools).
If the three (3) schools chosen are not available, or do not respond in a timely fashion (within three
(3) weeks), Rio Salado College reserves the right to place the student in an alternate district. The
alternate district will be located as close as possible to the ones initially identified. Should this
occur, THE STUDENT DOES NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE the alternate practicum
site. Should the student choose, for any reason, not to accept the alternate site, this will be interpreted
as a choice to not continue taking the EDU course(s) and the student will be withdrawn from the
course(s) at that time without a tuition or fee refund.
Refer to your Practicum Overview form located in the course syllabus and course homepage for more
information and further instructions!
Availability – Practicum sites are not available the week before or after winter break, or the
last two weeks of the regular school year – please plan accordingly.
STUDENT TEACHING DEADLINES
Student Teaching is a partnership involving you, Rio Salado College and the school district
supporting your placement. As a responsible partner in this process, you must work within certain
Rio’s Field Experience Coordinator receives your student teaching application at the same time you
receive your formal admission letter. From this point, allow a minimum of four months to arrange for
your student teaching placement.
Student Teach in Fall (August or October) – student must be admitted by March 31 of that year
Student Teach in Spring (January or March) – student must admitted by August 31 of prior year
Rio competes with other colleges and universities for student teaching placements, so it is important
to give the schools/districts sufficient time to identify an appropriate placement for you. Even if you
meet these time requirements, Rio cannot guarantee that a placement will be available with your
choice of district, school, grade level and/or teacher.
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You must successfully complete and receive a grade in all Level II courses, as well as pass the AEPA
subject knowledge exam, at least two weeks prior to beginning your student teaching. Remember,
most Level II courses require practicum hours and AEPA exams are offered only six times annually.
Please plan accordingly.
More information about student teaching is available from the Field Experience Coordinator, 480-
517-8117, or online at:
AEPA PREPARATION REVIEW
NAU College of Education has extended their services for review of the AEPA Elementary and
Secondary Professional Knowledge exam. Students have the option of attending an in-person session
or registering for an on-line WebCT course. For non-NAU students the fee is $40.00.
Please note: The WebCT course focuses mostly on preparing for the professional knowledge exam.
There are also review tests for the elementary subject test within the course. The course does not have
practice tests for any other subject areas (i.e., special end, math, history, music, etc.). Refunds will
not be given if you are unsatisfied due to the absence of materials for any subject knowledge test.
For more information refer to: https://www4.nau.edu/cee/appel/
WORKKEYS PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENT (PARAPROFESSIONALS, TEACHERS’
The Work Keys Proficiency Assessment has been developed to meet the needs of paraprofessionals
(teacher aides) as a result of No Child Left Behind. The assessment is approved by Arizona School
District and the Arizona Department of Education.
The computerized assessment exam is available for Rio Salado students ONLY at the Rio Salado
College, 2323 W. 14th Street, Tempe, 85281
480-517-8560 the test will be given on a walk-in basis.
Office hours: Monday - Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-6pm
MASTER’S DEGREE PARTNERSHIPS:
Rio Salado College (RSC) has established an educational partnership with Northcentral University
(NCU) to offer RSC graduates of the Post-Baccalaureate teacher Education Program a unique
opportunity to transfer 18 credit hours to complete a master’s degree in Education (M.Ed.) with
RSC and NCU partnership Benefits:
40% savings in tuition
NCU accepts 18 credits from RSC – only 18 more credits are needed for a master’s degree
No MAT or GRE exam required
* Curriculum and Teaching * Exceptional Student Education
* Educational Leadership * Gifted and Talented Education
* Educational Technology Management * Instructional and Curriculum Leadership
* E-learning and Teaching Online * Teacher Leadership
For more information, visit: www.riosalado.edu/ci/visitors_center/education/mastersPartner.shtml
or call (866) 776-0331 ext 8079
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PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY
Rio Salado College (RSC) also has an educational partnership with Plymouth State University
(PSU) that offers RSC graduates the opportunity to earn a Masters in Education.
RSC and PSU Partnership Benefits:
18 of the 33 credits are satisfied with coursework in the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher
Complete the remaining five courses (15 credits) online with PSU
For more information, visit: www.riosalado.edu/ci/visitors_center/education/mastersPartner.shtml
or call (603) 535-2365
COMMUNITY COLLEGE BACCALAUREATE ASSOCIATION ESSAY CONTEST:
The Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA) is conducting the 6th Annual CCBA Essay
Contest to determine what students think about community colleges offering baccalaureate (four-year)
degrees. $1,000 and an all expense paid trip to the Sixth Annual Community College Baccalaureate
Association Conference in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada from March 13-15, 2009 will be awarded to the
individual with the winning essay. $1,000 will also be awarded to the Student Government Association of
the winner's college.
Rules For Entry
· Each contestant may submit only one essay and it must specifically address the topic.
· Contestant must be currently enrolled in a community college.
· Essay must be typed using 12-point type.
· The essay text is limited to a minimum of 400 and a maximum of 500 words.
· Essay must have the following at the top of the first page submitted:
o Essay title, Author's name, address, telephone number and email address
o Community college name, address, telephone number
· Entries must be e-mailed by February 5, 2009 or mailed by midnight of the same date to Dr. Beth
Hagan, Community College Baccalaureate Association, P. O. Box 60210, Ft. Myers, FL 33906 or
BHagan7@aol.com. E-mail submission is preferable. The winner will be notified by February 10,
· Essays will become the property of the Community College Baccalaureate Association.
Submission constitutes an authorization to the CCBA to use the essays for research, and grants the CCBA
the authority to publish the results of the research and the text of the essays.
The essay contest topic is: "Why obtaining a four year degree on my community college campus
would be important to me."
Baccalaureate degrees are now offered on community college campuses throughout the United States and
Canada through University Centers, 2+2 programs and Distance Learning. Community Colleges in
fourteen states and three Canadian provinces confer the degrees themselves. Students who enter the
essay contest should explore the issues of baccalaureate degrees on community college campuses.
Information about this important movement is available on the CCBA web site: www.accbd.org or by
calling 239-596-7990 for contest questions.
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APS EDUCATIONAL MINI-GRANT
Up to $50,000 in funding is available to be awarded, $500 at a time, to kindergarten through 12th grade
teachers through the APS and Phoenix Suns Education Mini-Grants Program. Grants will be awarded in
o Kindergarten through grade 6
o Grades 7 through 9
o Grades 10 through 12
If you know a teacher who teaches in a public school within the APS service territory, tell him or her
about the Education Mini-Grant Program for the 2008-2009 school year. Applications are being accepted
on an ongoing basis through Jan. 30, 2009, and grants are awarded monthly.
A printable version of the Educational Mini-Grants brochure and application are available online at:
www.aps.com/grants Applications also are available at any APS customer office.
Grants will be awarded to support innovative, student-based educational projects that enhance learning
and improve student achievement. Projects should have the ability to be replicated or adapted by other
schools. Projects addressing energy, the environment, reading, mathematics or character education will be
ARIZONA GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW FUNDS FOR COLLEGE ACCESS
Grant Will Help Low-Income Students Attend College
PHOENIX – Governor Janet Napolitano announced that $1 million of new financial aid will be available
to low-income college and university students.
The Arizona College Access Aid Program is a part of a two-year, $2.7 million grant that the state of
Arizona received from the U.S. Department of Education through the College Access Challenge Grant to
help low-income students prepare for and attend college.
Students may apply for the Arizona College Access Aid Program and other
financial aid at the state's online financial aid Web portal, www.azgrants.gov . Eligible students must
demonstrate financial need, must be a continuing student who has completed at least one year of
higher education, and meet other eligibility requirements. Successful
applicants may receive a grant up to $2,000 per year for two years.
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