Scottsdale Community College offers a variety of opportunities in teacher education.
Education courses are offered for students who plan to enter the teaching profession. These courses are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university to complete a Bachelor's degree in education, or wish to work as a paraprofessional in a classroom. An Associate in Arts in Elementary Education Degree is offered to students who want to work as an elementary teacher (K-8).
Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
SCC offers a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program in collaboration with local elementary and middle schools. The Scottsdale Teacher Education Partnership (STEP) program is a field-based immersion program where student interns learn through direct experience in classrooms with children. The ten-month, full-time, teacher-in-training model allows students to spend 14 hours per week in classrooms and two afternoons per week in methods courses at the SCC campus. This fast-track program fulfills the requirements for Elementary Teacher Certification (K-8) and Provisional English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement. This program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Education.
Professional Development and Endorsement Courses
SCC offers courses for classroom teachers working toward a Reading Specialist Endorsment, English as a Second Language Endorsement Grades K-12, and Structured English Immersion. The endorsement and professional development courses are based on current national standards and are accepted by the Arizona Department of Education.
SCC offers a State Board approved post-baccalaureate teacher certification program in collaboration with local elementary schools. Professors and master teachers work together to teach and mentor prospective teachers. The STEP teacher-in-training program is based on the principle that future teachers must have lengthy experience in schools to practice what they are learning in college. This teacher-in-training is a blended program designed for adult learners, which incorporates face-to-face traditional instruction, online learning, and field experiences in classrooms. The accelerated 46-credit program is completed two full days per week, Mondays and Tuesdays, for one year. Students spend 14 hours per week in structured field experiences at schools.