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Teacher Education

Scottsdale Community College offers a variety of opportunities in teacher education.

Associate Degree
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.