STEP Teacher Training at SCC
STEP Teacher Training at SCC

Scottsdale Teacher Education Partnership (STEP) Post-Baccalaureate Certification

SCC offers the only 1 year State Board approved post-baccalaureate teacher certification program in the valley at $85.00 per credit hour! Pathways are designed in a hybrid program format which incorporates face-to-face traditional instruction and online learning.

Two program models are available for candidates to work toward K- 8 certification:

  • Traditional Pathway – One year cohort designed as field-based preparation program that allows candidates to learn to teach by working side by side with teachers and students in elementary and middle school classrooms.
  • Teacher in Residence Pathway – This one year cohort allows candidates to be employed full-time in a classroom while completing required education courses.

SCC works in collaboration with elementary and middle schools across the valley. 

For inquiries, please email Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information, and to download an application, visit the STEP page.  

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.

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).


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