Tuesday, January 8, 2013

3+1 Bachelor of Education Program Approved

Arizona State Board of Education Grants Approval for the 
Northcentral University/Rio Salado College 3+1 Professional Preparation Program

Northcentral University and Rio Salado College today announced approval from the Arizona State Board of Education for its Professional Preparation Program for the Rio Salado College/Northcentral University Bachelor of Education partnership programs in Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Cross-Categorical Special Education. The online 3+1 Bachelor of Education program is the first of its kind to receive approval from the Arizona State Board of Education and is fully accredited.
Students save money on tuition by taking the first three years of General Education core classes and teacher preparation training at Rio Salado College and then transferring to Northcentral to take one year of coursework to complete a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.). 

This program has a strong emphasis in undergraduate student mastery of content and professional knowledge and continuous engagement in field experience to include student teaching.

“This innovative program offers a seamless transition for students from Rio Salado College to Northcentral University,” said Northcentral Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Scott Burrus

Coursework at both Rio Salado and Northcentral weave real-world experiences into the program through hands-on, in-person field experiences in K-12 schools. Faculty and staff and both institutions are prepared to ensure a smooth transition and a successful educational experience for students taking advantage of this unique program.

“Rio Salado was the first college to provide an online post-baccalaureate teacher prep program and has provided teacher education in Arizona since 2001. We are thrilled to continue offering high quality instruction to the next generation of teachers,” said Rio Salado College Faculty Chair of Education, Dr. Janet Johnson.

The goal of the Teacher Preparation Partnership is to help develop effective and highly qualified teachers by discovering their abilities and developing their leadership in the classroom. Completion of this program results in eligibility for Arizona State Department of Education Teacher Certification.

“We are sending a message that educational institutions are working together in the community to deliver high quality degree programs that benefit students and their educational and professional goals,” stated Dr. Cindy Guillaume, Dean for the Northcentral University School of Education.

To learn more about this Bachelor of Education pathway please visit: http://www.riosalado.edu/online/Pages/inforequest/NCU.aspx .