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NCU Catalog - July 2022 
NCU Catalog - July 2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Secondary Education, BEd

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Bachelor of Education

*Program only open to identified Rio Salado College (RSC) Teach-Out Students. Identified RSC Teach-Out Students must maintain continuous enrollment until degree completion. Please contact Admissions with questions related to BEd enrollment.

Description of Program

The BEd program will facilitate professional growth and development as a practitioner, leader, and communicator in diverse educational environments. Students will be familiar with educational theory, research, and instructional practices and technology within a specific discipline, while integrating multiple societal, ethical, and diverse perspectives into professional practices.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the BEd program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply current instructional practices using technology to enhance learning in the diverse K-12 environment using technology
  2. Examine theoretical and research models that support ethical and professional practice
  3. Apply evidence-based solutions for supporting and improving instructional practices
  4. Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices

Completion Program

The NCU Bachelor of Education program of study is an undergraduate articulation program designed for Rio Salado College (RSC) students interested in completing the degree work for the teaching profession in three specific specializations: elementary education, secondary education, and special education.

The BEd partnership program requires the successful completion of 30 credits at NCU for a total of 120 credit hours. Rio Salado College sponsors 39 credit hours in general education subjects and 51 credit hours in teacher preparation courses. The 90 credit hours from RSC are accepted as a block transfer; NCU will accept a maximum of 90 lower, and upper division semester credit hours in transfer toward the bachelor’s degree coursework completed at RSC with a grade of “C” or better. The BEd transfer students come to NCU with academic coursework in elementary education, secondary education, and special education and continue to study within those three distinct areas while at NCU.

Transferring Rio students continue to follow the same track they were enrolled in at Rio. Their NCU specialization will be geared towards their specific field of elementary education, secondary education, or special education. Each course in the 10-course program is identified by a letter following the course number (A for Elementary Education, B for Secondary Education, and C for Special Education). The course content in each specialization has similar information focused on general leadership principles but is geared specifically for the different fields. NCU students are required to take two Field Experience courses. These courses are 12 weeks in length and require coordination with Rio Salado College and the institution where the student will be placed.

Time to Completion

NCU allows 180 attempted credit hours to complete all 120 credit bachelor programs.

Estimated time to completion for this program is 23 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, may be able to finish in as little as 21 months.

Secondary Education

The Bachelor of Education program of study is an undergraduate articulation program designed for Rio Salado College (RSC) students interested in completing the degree work for the teaching profession in secondary education. Students seamlessly transfer from RSC to NCU where they complete the BEd in Secondary Education. The ten NCU courses focus on leadership skills for secondary education teachers and include field experiences in technology and assessment in the secondary classroom. The program provides students with courses that enhance their knowledge, competency, and professional skill sets needed to excel in the secondary environment.

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