Scottsdale Community College offers a variety of opportunities in 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- 6) Middle School teacher (7-8) or Secondary teacher (9-12).

Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

SCC offers the only 1 year post-baccalaureate teacher certification program in the valley! SCC works 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 52-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. Applications for the program are located on the STEP Post Bac page. For inquiries, please email

Beginning in 2019, two STEP cohorts will be offered with start dates in May of 2019 and October of 2019. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.

Applications for the STEP program may be obtained by emailing Mary Ellertson in the Education office.


Professional Development and Endorsement Courses

SCC offers courses for classroom teachers working toward a Reading Specialist Endorsement and/or Structured English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement. These endorsement courses are based on current national standards and are accepted by the Arizona Department of Education.

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

Per the United States Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of education, training, and library occupations is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 888,900 new jobs are projected to be added from 2016 to 2026. Enrollment is projected to increase at both the college and university level and among public elementary and secondary schools, therefore postsecondary teachers and preschool, elementary and secondary school teachers will be needed to meet the demand.  

Career *Growth *Median Salary
Career and Technical Education Teachers  4% $55,240
High School Teacher 8% $59,170
Instructional Coordinators 11% $63,750
Elementary School Teacher 7% $56,900
Middle School Teacher 7.1% $57,720
Special Education Teacher 8% $58,980

Internships opportunities in Pre-K, Elementary School, Middle School, or High School settings.

Mary Ellertson, Education Director
Office: SBE-130

Department Office
Office: SBE-133