Academic Catalog

Specialized Programs

High School Students

Participation in the following programs is arranged through the high school guidance department, and students must be recommended by a high school guidance counselor. For more detailed guidelines, contact your high school guidance office or call the Center for Academic Success at 732-255-0400 x2257 or x2000.

Early College Jump Start Program

With the concurrence of their high school administration, high school students may enroll as full-time or part-time, non-degree students at Ocean County College in the “Early College Jump Start” Program. Early College Jump Start students may register for a maximum of 12 credits per semester at Ocean County College while attending high school. Reduced tuition is available, excluding all online courses. Online learning courses are not recommended for students in the Early College Jump Start Program.

Early College Embedded Program

Under the Early College Embedded Program high school students have the opportunity to take Ocean County College courses that are embedded in their high school day.  With the concurrence of their high school administration, high school students may enroll as full-time or part-time, non-degree students at their high school in the “Early College Embedded” Program. Early College Embedded students may register for a maximum of 12 credits per semester at their high school. Reduced tuition is available, excluding all online courses. Online learning courses are not recommended for students in the Early College Embedded Program.

College Academy Program

Under the College Academy Program high school students have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma while simultaneously earning an Associate’s Degree from Ocean County College in Liberal Arts.  With the concurrence of their high school administration, high school students may enroll as full-time, non-degree College Academy students at Ocean County College. College Academy students may register for a maximum of 12 credits per semester and cannot exceed a maximum of 29 degree credits at their high school.  The remaining 31 degree credits must be taken at Ocean County College or online. Reduced tuition is available, excluding all online courses. Online learning courses can be taken as part of the College Academy Program.

Tech Prep

Tech Prep is a partnership between Ocean County College and area high schools to develop highly skilled, performance oriented workers in demand occupations for the future. Students from the participating high schools comprising the 2+2+2 Tech Prep Consortium can continue their education at OCC with a coordinated curriculum that assures continuity in instruction and eliminates duplication of educational experiences. Many students go on to receive baccalaureate degrees through the 2+2+2 Tech Prep Program. For information on specific programs call Academic Affairs at 732-255-0423.


Earn credits toward your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree on the Ocean County College campus with the OCC/Kean University Partnership. Kean University and Ocean County College (Kean-Ocean) have established a partnership that enables area residents to complete the upper level undergraduate courses required for certain Kean University undergraduate degrees on the campus of OCC. Students can earn degrees in:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Communications
  • Communications-Public Relations
  • Criminal Justice
  • Elementary Education.


Kean-Ocean provides undergraduate courses that will lead to a Bachelor’s degree completion program in:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Biology, Teacher Certification Option
  • Biology, Teacher Certification Option with Dual Cert. in Special Ed.
  • Biology, Environmental Biology
  • Biology, Health Professions Option
  • Communication
  • Communication- Public Relations
  • Community Health Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Elementary Education, K-6 Certification
  • Elementary Education, K-6 and 5-8 Subject Certification
  • English, Standard Option
  • English, Teacher Certification Option
  • English, Teacher Certification Option with Dual Cert. in Special Ed.
  • Finance
  • History
  • History, Teacher Certification Option with Dual Cert. in Special Ed.
  • History, Teacher Certification Option
  • Management
  • Management-Entrepreneurship
  • Management-Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences Teacher Certification
  • Mathematical Sciences Dual Cert. in Special Education
  • Nursing
  • Physical Education: Exercise Science
  • Physical Education and Health Teacher Certification
  • Psychology
  • Psychology-Forensic Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Recreation Administration - Community Recreation Option
  • Recreation Administration - Commercial Recreation (25302)
  • Sociology
  • Special Education, K-6)
  • Special Education K-6 with 5-8 Subject Certification
  • Therapeutic Recreation


Courses are being offered at OCC for Kean master’s degrees in the following areas:

  • MA Counseling - School Counseling
  • MA Counseling - School Counseling and LPC Qualification
  • MA Counseling - Clinical Mental Health
  • MA Counseling - Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling
  • School Assistance Coordinator Certification
  • MA Educational Administration (Kean Online)
  • MS Exercise Science
  • MSN Nursing - Clinical Management
  • MSN Nursing - Community Health

If you want to apply for a Kean-Ocean program and already have or will soon complete your associate degree, apply directly to Kean University. The application can be accessed through the Kean-Ocean webpage at:

Thomas Edison University

Ocean County College has partnered with Thomas Edison University to deliver one of the most affordable pathways to a baccalaureate degree in NJ.  Students will finish their associate degree, and can complete up to 90 credit hours at OCC as part of a 3 + 1 agreement.

The following programs of study are available:

  • AS Business Administration to the BABS General Management
  • AS Computer Science to BA Computer Science
  • AS Computer Science to BS Information Technology
  • AS Criminal Justice to BA Criminal Justice
  • AA Liberal Arts to BA Psychology
  • AA Liberal Arts to BA Liberal Studies

Articulation and Joint/Dual Admission Agreements

Ocean County College partners with senior institutions in a number of ways to provide our graduates with a smooth transition to baccalaureate degree programs through Articulation Agreements and Joint or Dual Admissions Agreements.

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between Ocean County College and baccalaureate granting colleges and universities which have been developed to improve the transfer process. These agreements provide a formalized partnerships designed to take the guess work out of how the courses you complete at Ocean County College will apply to your future Bachelor’s degree when you transfer into a baccalaureate program.

Joint Admissions or Dual Enrollment Agreements are also articulation agreements, but ones which are designed to simultaneously admit participating students into both institutions.  The benefits of such agreements include:

  • access to advising at both schools while at the community college;
  • invitation to special events aimed at helping participants build a connection to the senior institution to aid in transition;
  • promotes seamless transfer of credits from Ocean County College to the partner institution through advising and curriculum guidance;
  • provides full access to student life at both institutions – such as attending athletic events, trips through Student Life, clubs, and the library at both institutions. 

Sometimes these types of agreements also offer preferential admission to identified degree programs or specially identified scholarships for participants.

Your advisor can help you select courses that will meet the requirements of your transfer institution, while also fulfilling your Ocean County College graduation requirements.

Transfer (Articulation) Agreements

Ocean County College has Transfer (Articulation) Agreements with the following colleges and universities:

  • Albright College
  • Bellevue University
  • Colorado State University: Global Campus
  • DeVry University
  • Excelsior College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Kean at Ocean, Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Northwood University
  • Norwich University
  • Paul Smith’s College
  • Richard Stockton University
  • Rutgers University
  • St. John’s University
  • St. Joseph’s University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Strayer University
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Edison State College
  • United States Sports Academy
  • University of the Arts
  • University of Maryland University College
  • William Paterson University

Honors by Contract Program

The Honors by Contract Program allows high achieving students the opportunity to work individually with faculty members on directed higher-level educational activities that are related to course objectives while being enrolled in a regular course.

Students complete the regular course assignments in addition to faculty directed higher-level academic assignments. Students completing Honors by Contract courses will have the designation denoted on their transcripts. Students who successfully complete four Honors by Contract courses with a B grade or better and have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or above will graduate from Ocean County College with the designation of Ocean County College Honors Student.  This designation will be noted on the students’ transcripts, diploma, and in the Commencement Program.

All students with a grade point average of 2.5 or above, or its equivalent, from high schools, other higher education institutions, or Ocean County College are eligible to enroll in the Honors by Contract courses. Students may enroll in two Honors by Contract courses per semester. Students enrolled in any remedial courses may not participate in the Program.  Faculty members who teach college-level courses (100 level and above) may participate in the Honors by Contract Program; however, STSC 150 is not included.

New Jersey Stars Program


The New Jersey Student Assistance Reward Scholarship Program (NJ STARS) is an initiative created by the State of New Jersey that provides New Jersey’s highest achieving students with free tuition less any State and/or Federal grants and/or scholarships received at Ocean County College.

  • Students must be a resident of Ocean County and rank in the top 15% of their high school class at the end of their junior or senior year.
  • Students must show proof of college readiness through SAT, PARCC, or Accuplacer scores.
  • Students may receive 4-5 semesters of funding for up to 18 credits per semester.
  • Students must apply for all forms of State and Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any requested documentation to complete and verify application data within the established deadlines.
  • Students must maintain continuous full-time enrollment and achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
  • Students must earn a 3.25 cumulative GPA upon graduation from community college to be eligible for NJ STARS II.


NJ STARS II is a continuation of NJ STARS I that provides partial scholarships and enables successful NJ STARS students to earn a Bachelor’s degree at a New Jersey four-year institution of higher education.

Students must:

  • Complete NJ STARS I at the community college
  • Earn an associate degree from a New Jersey community college with a minimum of 3.25 GPA.
  • Maintain a 3.25 average GPA in their junior year to receive the scholarship in his/her senior year.
  • Be admitted to a New Jersey four-year institution of higher education.
  • Be enrolled in a full-time course of study (a minimum of 12 college-level credits per semester) in a baccalaureate degree program during the academic year following graduation from community college.
  • Students may receive an NJ STARS II scholarship for up to four (4) semesters, excluding summer sessions and must apply for all forms of State and Federal need-based grants and merit scholarships by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) within the established deadlines and complete any required verification procedures.

For additional program information and requirements, please visit or Call 732-255-0300.

Global Education Experience

Ocean County College offers exciting travel opportunities, both within and outside the United States, to promote cross-cultural understanding and awareness of global perspectives. OCC faculty members lead our Global Education Experience seminars. The programs are open to all students and community members. Eligible OCC students may apply for a Global Education Experience Scholarship through the OCC Foundation. These travel and educational seminars allow students to earn college credit while they travel. The college can also assist students in locating semester-long overseas programs offered by other institutions. A sampling of our recent and upcoming abroad programs include:

  • The Theatre in London, England
  • The Battlefields of the World Wars - France
  • The Modern Middle East - Rabat, Morocco, North Africa
  • Global Science & History and Culture - Ireland
  • International Tourism Management - at sea (cruise) and Germany
  • Studies in the Humanities - Germany

For more information on international travel opportunities offered by Ocean County College, go to the main website,, click the A-Z Index, and search “Study Abroad.”

Reduced Tuition for Seniors

Ocean County residents, 65 years of age or older, may enroll in credit courses on a space available basis with a reduced tuition (not including textbooks). Registration will only be accepted the day before classes begin for the semester. For more information, please contact the Registration & Records Office at 732-255-0304.