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SUGGESTED GRADES 4-12 Option offered through Liberal Arts


For students who wish to prepare themselves for an Associate degree or wish to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree in Education.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Apply knowledge of psychological concepts to the learning behavior of children and adolescents;
  • Analyze characteristics of effective teaching behaviors and “best practices” in the teaching profession;
  • Analyze the organization and funding of school systems;
  • Describe the roles of teachers, students, parents, administrators, and teacher associations in the U.S.;
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrate the skills and motivation for continued self-education.


First Year

First Semester

ENG 101 - English Comp I
Elective - Laboratory Science
MAT 119 - Algebra
HIS 201 - U.S. History To 1865
PSY 101 - General Psychology

Second Semester

ENG 102 - English Comp II
HIS 202 - U.S. History Since 1865
Elective - Laboratory Science
SOC 101 - Principles of Sociology
MAT 126 - Mathematics for Management and Social Sciences (or Higher)

Second Year

First Semester

EDU 205 - Educational Psychology
Elective - FIA OR ENG OR PHI *
HIS 101 - Intro to Western Civilization I
PSY 206 - Adolescent Psychology
PSY 211 - Current Issues in Psychology

Second Semester

EDU 215 - Field Work in Education **
ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication
HIS 102 - Intro to Western Civilization II
HIS - 2-semester sequence**
Electives - HIS 105, HIS 106, SOC 206, EDU 216 or SPA (choose one)
Diversity Elective - Any accepted PSY/SOC course ***
Elective - FIA OR ENG OR PHI *

*Choose one from:
FIA 104 - Basic Design
FIA 107 - Intro to Dance
FIA 109 - Drawing I
FIA 110 - Painting I
FIA 205 - Intro to Drama
ENG - 200 Level Literature

**EDU 215 must be taken after EDU 205 or concurrently with EDU 205.

***Choose one from:
PSY 102 - Psychology of Personality
PSY 206 - Adolescent Psychology
PSY 210 - Human Sexuality
SOC 273 - Marriage and Family
EDU 270 - Topics in Education

Teacher Education majors must periodically consult with the Coordinator of Teacher Education to review the latest federal and state requirements for Teacher Certification (Teacher License).

Career Options

Graduates of this program will transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree to work with students in grades 4-12.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Arts Degree

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