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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.

STEP is proud to partner with the Arizona’s Teachers Academy!

The Arizona Teachers Academy’s (ATA) goal is to promote education as a career and bring more qualified individuals into the classroom. Scholarships will be available for SCC STEP candidates.  The scholarship will pay all for tuition costs and course fees. Learn more about eligibility for ATA scholarships.

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).


Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.


Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no cost material provided by your instructors. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.