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Special Education K-12 Certification

Prepare for Arizona Special Education K-12 Certification. This certification program is available under two program options: Option 1 applies to students who do not have K-12 teacher certification. Option 2 applies to students who have Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education teacher certification. Separate requirements apply for each program option. Please contact the Teacher Education Office for additional details. Courses emphasize professional teaching standards, technology, diversity and current teaching theory.

Program Prerequisites: Before you can enroll, you must earn a bachelor’s degree.

Program/Major:  Special Admissions Requirements—See an advisor.

What can I do with this certificate?

Career options:  Special Education K-12 Teacher.

Academic options:  Continue your education with post-graduate work in education or pursue other specialized endorsements offered by Pima.

More Information:  Review program costs, student debt, on-time graduation and more [view PDF]


Post-Degree Teacher Certification Program Redesign


The Pima Community College Post-Degree Teacher Certification Program (Elementary, Secondary, and Cross-Categorical) is being redesigned to incorporate new requirements from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and the U.S. Department of Education. The redesigned program will begin in Fall 2014. Current program courses will be phased out from Spring 2013 through Fall 2015 as shown in the timeline below. Courses in the current program may not transfer into the redesigned program.


The Post-Degree Program will continue to work closely with Arizona schools to meet their needs during this transition period.


Important information for:


  • New students interested in entering the redesigned program in Fall 2014:

Information sessions for the redesigned program will be offered in Spring 2014. Please contact the Teacher Education office for more information: or 520-206-6566.

  • Current and returning students intending to complete the current program:

Courses in the current program will be offered based on an established course availability schedule during the phase-out period. Before being cleared to register for additional courses, you must meet with a Program Advisor to ensure sufficient time for program completion and to receive an individualized completion plan of study. Please call 520-206-6408 to schedule an appointment.

Phase-Out Timeline for the Current PCC Post-Degree Teacher Certification Program

Spring 2013

Fall 2013

Spring 2014

Fall 2014

Spring 2015

Foundation and methods courses and student teaching will be available from Spring 2013 through Spring 2015 based on the established course availability schedule.

Fall 2015

Only student teaching for the current program will be available in Fall 2015.

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Required Core Options

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.*

   Option 1 (For students who do not hold K-12 teacher certification):
   EDU 272 Educational Psychology 3
   EDU 274 Structured English Immersion Foundations 3
   EDU 281 Structured English Immersion Methods 3
   Complete two of the following electives:
      EDU 255 Content Area Reading Middle and Secondary Schools/Practicum 3
      EDU 278 Elementary Science Methods and Curriculum Development 3
      EDU 279 Elementary Math Methods and Curriculum Development 3
      EDU 285 Secondary Teaching Methods 3
Option 1 Subtotal 15
   Option 2 (For students who hold appropriate K-12 teacher certification):

Students who lack a Full Structured English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement must complete one or both of the following SEI courses. See a Program Advisor to determine the appropriate course(s). Students with a Full SEI Endorsement may not need to complete either course; see a Program Advisor.

   EDU 286 Structured English Immersion Methods (Completion) 3
   EDU 287 Structured English Immersion Foundations (Augmented Provisional) 3
Option 2 Subtotal: 0-6
Total Credits:   31-46

* Specific GPA requirements also apply.  Please see a Program Advisor.