Education A.A. (EDUA)

Attention This is an overview of the program. The course sequencing is meant to serve as a guideline for your semester planning. Please note that the scheduling of courses, program sequencing and curriculum are subject to change.

This program provides a foundation for study towards a four-year degree in education and is intended for preparation to teach grades four and above. The wide range of electives permits students to select courses that will fulfill requirements of four-year colleges. Students who transfer will work towards teacher certification for employment in middle or secondary school settings.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • describe the organization and philosophy of middle school and secondary education settings.
  • identify the patterns of human typical and atypical adolescent development and biological influences across the life span.
  • analyze family culture, communication and different family structures and how to support collaborative relationships.
  • describe how to develop teaching and learning environments which integrate technology that are responsive to the needs of middle and secondary level students.
  • demonstrate professional dispositions through the construction of their credential portfolio.

Transfer information for this program is on file in the Transfer Center. For more information, contact an academic advisor or counselor.

Students seeking to transfer and students seeking teacher certification must consult with an advisor or counselor to select electives very carefully in accordance with the general education and/or pre-professional  requirements of the fouryear college or university to which students intend to transfer are highly recommended to:

  1. Identify transfer institution early and carefully follow advisor college catalog, college web page along with transfer agreement.
  2. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Successfully take the PAPA exam in order to transfer.
  4. Maintain a credential portfolio which includes clearances such as child abuse, state police, FBI and health clearances.
  5. Document all observations and experiences.
  6. Take Field Experience I early or lab classes that will allow for authentic observation experience.
  7. Engage in Professional Community Engagement and Advocacy–TESA–Teacher Education Student Association (Kappa Delta Pi–Teacher Education Honor Society).
  8. Successfully complete six credits in math and immediately take the PAPA exam.
  9. Two Special Education courses are recommended (SED).
  10. At least one ESL course is highly recommended. You may take as electives the three other ESL courses to gain ESL certification in the future.
First Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ENG 105 Research and Composition 3
EDU 101
or Elective*
Foundations of Education
Elective♦  Social Science 3
Elective+ Mathematics 3
EDU 105 Introduction to Special Education 3
Semester Total 15
Second Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
ENG 106 Introduction to Literature 3
Elective* Education 3
Elective♦  Social Science 3
Elective+ Mathematics 3
EDU 115 Education Field Experience 1
Elective◽ Lab Science 4-5
Semester Total 17-18
Third Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
Elective Humanities 3
Elective* Courses numbered 101 and above 12
Semester Total 15
Fourth Semester
Course Number Course Name Course Credits
Electives* Free Electives 14-15
Semester Total 14-15
Credit Total 61-63

Note: Elective courses numbered 101 or above—any credit course numbered 101. However, transfer students must refer to advisement #1 to ensure transfer of course and credits.
Teacher Education Advisement guidelines for students seeking a teaching career and/or program of study for transfer into a four-year college program:

Recommended electives:
*Education Electives and/or Free Electives: EDU 101, 125, 150, 155, 165, 170, 201, 215, 291, SED 115, 200, 205.
However, students must take the responsibility to tailor their course selection based on their intended transfer colleges requirements.
+Mathematics Electives: MAT 120, 150 or higher AA program
♦ Social Science Electives: PSY 140,145, SOC 150, 251, GEO 110, 115
◽Science Electives: BIO 101, 105, 106, 110, 111, 115, 116, 163, 164
●Humanities Electives: ART, MUS, ASL, ENG, any other world language
See page 15 for special program admission requirements pertaining to this program.