Bachelor’s Education Program Goals

  1. Provide students upper-level degree completion courses that enhance their knowledge, competency, and professional skill sets needed to perform successfully in the K-12 environment.

  2. Familiarize students with theoretical paradigms and research models to support their professional practice as educators.

  3. Offer students opportunities to analyze and critique their instructional practice to improve student achievement.

  4. Enable students to integrate educational theory into best pedagogical practices.

  5. Encourage and support students' professional growth and development as reflective practitioners, effective leaders, and skilled communicators within a global environment.

  6. Facilitate students' transition from student to teacher.

  7. Accurately integrate multiple perspectives related to race, gender, individual differences, and ethnic and cultural perspectives.

BEd Degree Completion Program

The Northcentral University 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 B.Ed. partnership program requires the successful completion of 30 credits at Northcentral University 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 and Northcentral University 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 B.Ed. transfer students come to Northcentral University with academic coursework in elementary education, secondary education, and special education and continue to study within those three distinct areas while at Northcentral.

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.

Completion Time for the BEd Program

Normal time to completion for this program is 45 months. Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most Northcentral students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 20 months.

Specializations

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Elementary Education

The Northcentral University 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 elementary education. Students seamlessly transfer from RSC to NCU where they complete the BEd in Elementary Education. The ten Northcentral courses focus on leadership skills for elementary teachers and include field experiences in technology and assessment in the elementary classroom. The program provides students with courses that enhance their knowledge, competency, and professional skill sets needed to excel in the K-7 environment.

Required Northcentral University Education Courses (10 courses) - 30 semester credit hours

ED4000A-8

Dynamics of Schooling in Elementary Education

ED4001A-8

Foundations of School Leadership in Elementary Education

ED4002A-8

The Role of Teacher Leadership in Elementary Education

ED4003A

Instructional Paradigms and Technology in Elementary Education (This course requires field experience.)

ED4004A

Assessment of Student Learning in Elementary Education  (This course requires field experience.)

ED4005A-8

School and Family Partnerships in Elementary Education

ED4006A-8

Safe Schools in Elementary Education

ED4007A-8

The School as Learning Community in Elementary Education

ED4008A-8

Teaching as Reflective Practice in Elementary Education

ED4009A-8

Educational Change Processes in Elementary Education

Secondary Education

The Northcentral University 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 Northcentral 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.

ED4000B-8

Dynamics of Schooling in Secondary Education

ED4001B-8

Foundations of School Leadership in Secondary Education

ED4002B-8

The Role of Teacher Leadership in Secondary Education

ED4003B

Instructional Paradigms and Technology in Secondary Education  (This course requires field experience.)

ED4004B

Assessment of Student Learning in Secondary Education  (This course requires field experience.)

ED4005B-8

School and Family Partnerships in Secondary Education

ED4006B-8

Safe Schools in Secondary Education

ED4007B-8

The School as Learning Community in Secondary Education

ED4008B-8

Teaching as Reflective Practice in Secondary Education

ED4009B-8

Educational Change Processes in Secondary Education

Special Education

The Northcentral University 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 special education. Students seamlessly transfer from RSC to NCU where they complete the BEd in Special Education. The ten Northcentral courses focus on leadership skills for special education teachers and include field experiences in technology and assessment in the special education environment. The program provides students with courses that enhance their knowledge, competency, and professional skill sets needed to excel in working with special needs students in the special education environment.

ED4000C-8

Dynamics of Schooling in Special Education

ED4001C-8

Foundations of School Leadership in Special Education

ED4002C-8

The Role of Teacher Leadership in Special Education

ED4003C

Instructional Paradigms and Technology in Special Education  (This course requires field experience.)

ED4004C

Assessment of Student Learning in Special Education  (This course requires field experience.)

ED4005C-8

School and Family Partnerships in Special Education

ED4006C-8

Safe Schools in Special Education

ED4007C-8

The School as Learning Community in Special Education

ED4008C-8

Teaching as Reflective Practice in Special Education

ED4009C-8

Educational Change Processes in Special Education