Education, Associate in Arts
The Associate of Arts (AA) in Liberal Arts with an option in Education will offer students the first two years of coursework for acceptance into a four-year Teacher Preparation Program. The program will provide a specialized degree focusing on teaching in the elementary school (K-6) as a generalist. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students for passing the CORE Praxis test of Reading, Writing and Mathematics for acceptance into a College of Education. Embedded in the Education courses, students will be introduced to the rigors of the required edTPA for eventual New Jersey state licensure.
Students pursuing the Liberal Arts-Option in Education can transfer into majors/content areas such as History and Liberal Studies with Elementary Education (K-6) for teacher’s certification. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer www.njtransfer.org.
The Associate of Arts degree is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree for an education program in NJ. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to teaching. Other career options may include admission/recruitment, corporate training, school counseling, activities director, and community health education. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://ocean.emsicc.com
|ENGL 151||English I||3|
|ENGL 152||English II||3|
|COMM 154||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|HIST 173||United States History to 1877||3|
|HIST 174||United States History from 1877||3|
|ENGL 255||World Literature Ancient through 1600||3|
|or ENGL 256||World Literature 1600 to Present|
|HIST 181||World Civilization to 1660||3|
|HIST 182||World Civilization From 1660||3|
|POLI 161||American Federal Government||3|
|or POLI 162||American State and Local Government|
|GEOG 161||World Physical Geography||3|
|GEOG 162||Human Geography||3|
|MATH 151 or Higher||3|
|BIOL 161||General Biology I||4|
|CSIT 110||Introduction to Computers and Computer Applications 1||3|
|MATH 156||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|STSC 150||Student Success Seminar||2|
|Education Program Courses|
|Choose from the following: 2||12|
|Mathematics for the Professional Educator|
|Introduction to the Education of Exceptional Students|
|Development of the Learner|
|The Teaching Profession in America|
|Teaching Profession Practicum|
|Total Credit Hours||60|
Students may attempt to “test out” of the technology requirement. If they succeed, they must take an additional course(s) in math or science from the List of Approved General Education Courses.
Course selections should be based on the requirements of the intended transfer to a four-year institution. Students should speak to their advisor for clarification.