Showing posts with label Teacher Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Teacher Education. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Help Underrepresented Males of Color Succeed


Image of a young man of color looking at the camera.

We encourage you to take part in a lively discussion hosted by the Maricopa Community Colleges on April 22, 2016 Underrepresented Males of Color: What Faculty Must Know.

The purpose of this learnshop is to provide faculty with an opportunity to engage in discussion and to develop practices and strategies that will best serve underrepresented male students of color with an emphasis on American Indian male students.  It is believed that the practices and strategies for effective engagement will support student retention, persistence, and completion. (learn more)

Student, staff, faculty and public input is welcome. 

Register Now Online

Keynote Speakers 

Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee) is President’s Professor and Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. At ASU, he is Special Assistant to the President for American Indian Affairs, Director of the Center for Indian Education, Associate Director of the School of Social Transformation, and co-editor of the Journal of American Indian Education. (read more)
Dr. Jill Wendt, Arizona State University. Dr. Jill Wendt received her Doctorate in Education in Leadership and Innovation in May 2014. Her research interests and publications have focused on minority male retention in higher education. She has served as adjunct faculty for eight years teaching psychology and sociology at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. In addition to her faculty and research role, she is a practitioner in Student Affairs. (read more)

Dr. Patrick Williams, Chandler-Gilbert Community College Dr. Patrick Williams is a Residential Faculty member in the Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature division at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) where he also serves as Lead Faculty for Developmental Writing. Patrick is a faculty adviser for the CGCC chapter of the Male Empowerment Network that is part of the MCCCD's Minority Male Initiative. (read more)


2016 Underrepresented Males of Color:
What Faculty Must Know!
April 22, 2016
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Rio Salado College Conference Center

2323 W 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
For additional event details, contact Dr. Wanda Tucker
480-517-8268

Monday, March 14, 2016

20K NCU Kick-Starter Grant Deadline March 28

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Here's a great opportunity for ‪#‎RioGrads‬ who are considering Northcentral University to pursue a master's or doctoral degree!

NCU will award eight $20,000 Kick-Starter Grants to new students who have applied and started an NCU master’s or doctoral degree program on or before March 28, 2016.


The eight scholars selected will attend NCU to the completion of their chosen master’s or doctoral degree and, upon graduation, NCU will present a $20,000 check to the recipients to kick-start their dreams.

Get started on your application now.

Northcentral University and Rio Salado College are working together to provide a unique, innovative educator preparation program that allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to NCU for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree. Learn more about this program.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Free Teacher Ed Employment Workshop March 22

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Join Rio Salado College’s Educator Preparation program for an Evening of Job Preparation!

Teachers and teaching students are invited to take part in this free event featuring presentations by Educator Preparation staff.

You will learn how to:
  • Enhance Your Resume
  • Create a Compelling Cover Letter
  • Prepare for Job Interviews
  • And more!

Please note, there will be a follow-up Educator Preparation Mock Interview Day on April 7. Students who wish to take part, must attend the Evening of Job Preparation event.

What: Evening of Job Preparation
When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Where: Rio Salado College 

Conference Center 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 7-9 p.m. 

Register now


Contact Karen Nave at (480) 517-8743 or karen.nave@riosalado.edu for more details.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

#‎TeachersMatter‬!

We are delighted to share this video tribute to teachers presented by the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, featuring Professor Stephen Hawking talking about being inspired by his St. Albans School math teacher Mr. Tatha, who he says “opened my eyes to the blueprint of the universe itself—mathematics.”

Here’s to all of the amazing teachers in the world who inspire us—and help us find our purpose!

Young man looking into camera.  Text: I want to be a teacher (one day crossed out), now!


We encourage you to contact the Rio Salado Teacher Education team to learn how you can transition into a rewarding teaching career. www.riosalado.edu/programs/education

#‎TeachersMatter‬!  



Monday, December 14, 2015

Rio Visits Wilson Elementary Bearing Gifts

Image of Wilson Elementary students and teachers alongside Rio Salado College staff at front entrance of school.  Donations are in gift bags in front.

Rio Salado staff visited Wilson Elementary School in Phoenix to drop off book and supply donations that were collected during the college's 2015 Valley of the Sun United Way Giving Campaign!

The group, which included Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. LeRodrick Terry, staff from the Teacher Education department and members of Rio Salado's United Way committee, met with 4th-8th grade teachers and students on Friday, Dec. 11 to share the donations.

Image of Rio staff with Wilson teachers and students after presentation.

 “As educators, we have a responsibility to serve our communities," said Dr. Terry. "Interacting with people from the community reminds me of why we do what we do. Our purpose as an institution and as people are made clearer when we take the time to serve.”
A big thank you to Rio Salado staff, students and members of our community who dropped off book donations and monetary gifts during our fall campaign.

Visit our Facebook page for additional photos.


United Way poster: Give. Advocate. Volunteer.  Live United.  Montage of images featuring volunteers and people who benefit from UW services.

To learn about ways you can give, advocate and volunteer with the Valley of the Sun United Way, visit www.vsuw.org.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation Sessions

poster for teacher ed.  Text: Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher!  Learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher Ed Programs

The Rio Salado Teacher Education team hosts free orientation sessions to provide details about its Bachelor Degree Pathway and Post-Baccalaureate programs!

Please join us for one of these orientation sessions in December!


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Bachelor Degree Pathway Orientation
Learn how this educator preparation program allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to Northcentral University for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree.


Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m
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Rio Salado Tempe
Rio Tower - Disney Room #4 (6th floor)

Register now

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Post- Baccalaureate Orientation Sessions
Learn about the convenient and cost-effective ways students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree can transition into a K-12 teaching career. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education.


Traditional Pathway
Learn about the traditional pathway model for certification which includes completion of all coursework, testing, and 12 week student teaching experience.

  Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.

Communiversity at Surprise

Register now

Teacher in Residence Pathway
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher-in-Residence Orientation

Learn about paid employment opportunities in the classroom available to students while completing certification coursework. Visit this blog post for additional insights about this program and Arizona's pressing need for teachers.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Rio Salado Tempe Conference Center

Register now

Monday, August 17, 2015

NACCTEP Student Spotlight: Federico Poloni

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Rio Salado student Federico Poloni was awarded a $1,000 scholarship through the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP).

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Each year the NACCTEP Scholarship Committee reviews applications from teacher education students across the country. Poloni was one of two awardees.

He is a student in the Educator Preparation Program's undergraduate partnership with Northcentral University and will be completing a secondary certificate with a content focus of math education.

Poloni brings a strong background of mentorship with high school students and a passion for working with at-risk students.

Here's Poloni's way of saying thank you by way of video. For more details, visit nacctep.riosalado.edu.

NACCTEP is an affiliate of the Maricopa Community Colleges and operates out of Rio Salado College.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

i2Teach Certification Scholarships


If you have a bachelor’s degree in any area, you are already on your way to becoming a teacher with the support of i2Teach, a 2-year teacher support program utilizing the Arizona Department of Education “intern” certificate through Rio Salado College’s Teacher in Residence program.

The i2Teach program is funded by a three-year grant from the Arizona Public Service Foundation to the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation and Rio Salado College, and targets adults who want to transition into teaching careers.

To be eligible for i2Teach, participants must:
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Attain an IVP fingerprint clearance from the Arizona Department of Education
  • Pass a subject-matter proficiency exam
  • Successfully complete an online Structured English Immersion (SEI) course (8 or 14 weeks in length)

Those accepted into the program must commit to teaching full-time for two years in an Arizona public, private or charter school while also taking classes as a full-time student.

The first semester of the program includes 12 webinars (one per week) that introduce students to Rio Salado College and cover basic topics such as how to conduct parent-teacher conferences.

As part of their assignments, students are asked to film 3-5 minutes of classroom interaction and upload it to a secure site for group feedback, as well as write blogs on specific topics.

A majority of the i2Teach grant funding will help second year students by paying for 4-credit hours plus fees for each participant per semester.

Rio Salado College is currently accepting applications for the i2Teach program. Apply online by visiting mcccdf.academicworks.com. Applications are being accepted through Aug. 26. 

For more information visit www.riosalado.edu/tir.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Teacher Education Events in August

Schools out for summer, but you can still learn to become a teacher!
 
Attend one of Rio Salado's teacher education classes, workshops or orientation sessions, designed specifically for teachers and those interested in teaching.

All orientation sessions and continued education courses are free to attend.

Teacher-in-Residence Orientation
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 6:30-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career. Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years. Register at riosalado.edu/tirorientation.
 
Post-Baccalaureate Orientation
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at Surprise
  • Monday, Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at QC
Program Orientation - Learn about Rio Salado's Post-Baccalaureate Education Program. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education. Learn more and register at riosalado.edu/programs/education/post-baccalaureate
 
Explore Teaching
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
The Explore Workshop will introduce students to the teaching profession, providing important insight into administrative and classroom expectations, course planning and preparation, student assessment, salary and benefit expectations, etc. The workshop is designed to address many of the concerns and expectations of potential teachers before they fully commit to a certification program and a career in education. Register by calling 480.517.8140.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation

Take advantage of these in-person and webinar orientation sessions hosted by Rio Salado Teacher Education.

Learn more about Rio Salado College’s Teacher Education Programs. Undergraduate Orientation Dates: •Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 •Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 •Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 •Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 Orientations will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Rio Salado College, 2323 W. 14th Street, 6th Floor Tower Bldg. , Tempe, AZ 85281. www.riosalado.edu/undergrad 480-517-8430.   Post Baccalaureate Orientation Dates: •Monday, July 20, 2015 - Communiversity at Queen Creek •Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 - Webinar •Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 - Communiversity at Queen Creek •Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 - Webinar •Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 - Webinar In-person orientations will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, 21740 S. Ellsworth Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85142. Webinars held from 7-9 p.m. on dates listed. www.riosalado.edu/postbac 480-517-8580   Secure your future today.     Board-approved program from the Arizona Department of Education  Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC).  (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 1.800.621.7440, www.ncahlc.org). For program disclosures, please visit ncu.edu/program-disclosures.  Rio Salado College is an accredited institution. Online classes may have in-person components, testing requirements, block calendar guidelines and require proof of legal residency. Payment plan options and financial aid are available to those who qualify.


































UPDATE: The July 22 orientation session has been cancelled.  Please visit these web pages for the latest updates:
www.riosalado.edu/undergrad
www.riosalado.edu/postbac

Meet Jenna Leahy, Teacher Extraordinaire

Jenna Leahy surrounded by grade school children.

Here's a terrific success story from the team at Maricopa Matters about Jenna Leahy, who benefited from Rio Salado's Teacher Education program, which helped her become a co-founder of a local charter school. 

"Being able to work full time and take courses at my convenience really fit my personality. Getting my certificate while I was teaching allowed me to learn in real time."

To learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher Education programs, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/education.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Noyce Scholar Teaches High School Science

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"The Noyce Scholarship program provided me with the opportunity to become a teacher," said Matthew Ford, one of 28 scholars who recently completed Rio Salado's Noyce Scholars Program.
 
Ford teaches earth and forensic science at Chino Valley High School.
 
"In addition to the stipend, the program provided me with registration and advisement assistance, and access to learning from qualified teachers,” Ford said.
 
The Noyce Scholars program is accepting applications for 15 qualified candidates who are interested in earning a secondary Arizona teaching certificate in math or science for grades 6-12.
 
Participants are also given a generous $16,500 stipend to help with expenses.
 
The program provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.
 
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.
 
Classes begin the first week of September.
 
Please note: The application process usually takes about one month to complete.
 
For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Teacher Education Events This Summer

Summer professional development for educators.

Make the most of your summer by attending one of Rio Salado's teacher education classes, workshops or orientation sessions, designed specifically for teachers and those interested in teaching.

All orientation sessions and continued education courses are free to attend.
 
Teacher-in-Residence Orientation
  • Tuesday, July 14, 6:30-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, 6:30-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career. Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years. Register at riosalado.edu/tirorientation.
 
Post-Baccalaureate Orientation
  • Wednesday, July 15, 6-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
  • Monday, July 20, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at QC
  • Tuesday, July, 21, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at Surprise
  • Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6-8 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at Surprise
  • Monday, Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m., Communiversity at QC
Program Orientation - Learn about Rio Salado's Post-Baccalaureate Education Program. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education. Learn more and register at riosalado.edu/programs/education/post-baccalaureate
 
Explore Teaching
  • Saturday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rio Salado College, Conference Center
The Explore Workshop will introduce students to the teaching profession, providing important insight into administrative and classroom expectations, course planning and preparation, student assessment, salary and benefit expectations, etc. The workshop is designed to address many of the concerns and expectations of potential teachers before they fully commit to a certification program and a career in education. Register by calling 480.517.8140.

A-to-Z Web 2.0
  • Tuesday, July, 18, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Rio Salado College, Room 515
Explore innovative H.O.T. (Handy, Outstanding, Timesaving)Web 2.0 Tools, such as: wikis, Google sites and digitized interactive notebooks, integrated with empowering Active Engagement Instructional Strategies that will help you connect with students and create a challenging and energized classroom environment.

Design your course around outcomes, teach with passion and develop Web 2.0 tools that assist in checking for understanding as your students engage in the lessons. Register by calling 480.517.8140.
 
Moving At-Risk Students Forward
  • Saturday, July 11, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Rio Salado College, Room 515
This workshop will help teachers bring true hope to at-risk youth, adolescents who are less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Workshop participants will engage in activities and discussion to better understand the at-risk students’ emotional or behavioral problems, truancy, low academic performance, showing a lack of interest for academics and expressing a disconnection from the school environment.

Learn how to build and motivate student resilience to have a strong sense of purpose and a belief in success; including goal direction, education aspirations, motivation, persistence, and optimism. Register by calling 480.517.8140.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Early Childhood Certificate-to-Degree Programs

Interested in an Early Childhood and Human Development career? Rio Salado offers several certificate-to-degree programs with Monday start dates!

Rio Salado’s Early Childhood program offers multiple opportunities for career entry or professional development, including program pathways in Early Learning and Development, Family Life Education and Early Childhood Administration and Management.

Learn more about Rio Salado's program by visiting this web page, and check out the latest schedule of classes.

For more details, contact a Rio Salado student services specialist at 480-517-8580 or send an email inquiry to early.childhood@riosalado.edu.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Noyce Scholar Transitions to Geometry Teacher

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"My experience as a Noyce Scholar has been fun, exciting and educational," said Danny Brady, one of 28 scholars who recently completed Rio Salado's Noyce Scholars Program.

"After spending 20 years in engineering in the semiconductor business, it was a difficult decision to enter into a new teaching career and the Noyce program definitely made the switch easier and more rewarding."

"The Noyce Scholars staff at Rio Salado did an outstanding job helping with the transition as well as setting up valuable conferences and workshops throughout the entire teaching certification program."

Brady teaches algebra and geometry classes at Chandler High School.

There is an opportunity for 15 more qualified candidates in the program, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Noyce Program Paved the Way for Mesa Teacher


image shows photo of Noyce Scholar recipient Tom Hagen.
Tom Hagen recently completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program, which helped him prepare for a new career as an algebra teacher at Mountain View High School in Mesa.

"The Noyce Scholar program made a huge difference on my journey to my teaching certification," said Hagen. 
"Not only did they provide a stipend which helped on the tuition end, but they provided a learning community that made a huge difference in support and encouragement."

"Both my fellow Noyce Scholars and the faculty and staff at Rio Salado and the Noyce Scholar program provided many learning opportunities and much-needed support. It made the process an exciting and joyful event."

Hagen is one of 28 scholars who have completed the program. There is an opportunity for 15 more qualified candidates, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rio Salado Teacher Orientation June 17!

Image of teacher writing on chalk board.  Text: Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher.  Learn more about Rio Salado College's Teacher Education Programs.

Join us for a free orientation session to learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher-In-Residence program-- a fast-track re-career option that includes paid employment opportunities!

Date: June 17
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

RSVP: www.riosalado.edu/tirorientation

The program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career. Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years.

Check out this blog post, visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program outreach specialist for additional details.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Noyce Scholar Recareers as Math Teacher


Lindsey Buckles is one of 28 scholars who recently completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program, which helped her quickly transition from an actuary career to become a middle school teacher in Prescott Valley.

“Being a Noyce Scholar has been such a great experience for me,” said Buckles. “I have received so much support and additional resources from the program and other scholars that I would not have received otherwise. It is such a great program that has made me the teacher I am today.”

Buckles teaches 8th grade math at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School.

There are fifteen more openings for qualified Noyce Scholarship applicants, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

This story by Prescott Valley Tribune Reporter Sue Tone provides additional insights into Buckles journey into teaching.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Free Teacher Ed Orientation June 17

image of a young man looking at camera.  Text: I want to be a teacher (one day text crossed out) now.

Rio Salado Teacher-In-Residence Offers Fast-Track Re-Career Option. Includes Paid Employment Opportunities for Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree. 

Have you considered a teaching career but hesitated because you’re not in a position to give up a paycheck to go back to school? Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program was designed with your needs in mind.

Want to learn more?  Join us for an in-person orientation session this June.

Date: June 17
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
RSVP: www.riosalado.edu/tirorientation


The program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career. Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years.

TIR candidates are paired with a partnering Arizona school district, to work full-time and receive the same salary and benefits of fully-certified classroom teachers. The average beginning salary for teachers is nearly $32,000.

The opportunities for post-program employment are also in favor of Rio Salado TIR program completers. Arizona school districts actively seek Rio Salado TIR candidates specifically because the program requires two years of classroom training, provides intensive mentoring and meets their instruction quality standards.

Rio Salado’s TIR programs are approved by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

“The need for teachers in Arizona is greater than ever,” said Director of Community Partnerships and Programs Kim Tobey. “Our state has had an ongoing shortage of science, math, special education and kindergarten teachers—especially in rural communities.”

The need has been so great that 938 teaching positions were filled by substitute teachers during the 2013-14 school year, according to the Arizona Department of Education.

“Although substitute teachers meet an immediate need, TIR candidates benefit from full-time employment, while receiving consistent and strong instruction that may not always be afforded to substitute teachers,” said Tobey. 

There’s a greater shortage looming. Approximately 23%, or 26,000 educators, will be eligible for retirement by June 2018.

A 2015 report by the ADE’s Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force cites that, “Arizona will not be able to ensure economic prosperity for its citizens and create the workforce of tomorrow,” if it cannot fill these vacancies.

“We also have a 6.6 percent unemployment rate, about one percent above the national average,” said Tobey. “With this program, we can help shrink that gap by putting people to work right away.”

Image of teacher writing on chalk board.  Text: Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher.  Learn more about Rio Salado College's Teacher Education Programs.

Visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program Outreach Specialist for additional details.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rio Noyce Scholar Fulfills Dream of Teaching


“As a Noyce scholar I have been given a tremendous opportunity to pursue my dream to be a secondary math teacher. I have received enormous support in this rigorous program, which is preparing me well for a teaching career,” said Robert Upham.

Upham is one of 28 students who have completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program.

“Being a Noyce scholar has given me access to conferences and training seminars from master teachers from across the country. These opportunities have exposed me to the methods, ideas and strategies to become an effective teacher in a STEM field.”

Upham will begin his career as a math teacher this fall at a San Tan Valley middle school.

There are fifteen more openings for qualified Noyce scholars, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.