Elementary/Secondary Education - A.A. Degree

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The elementary/secondary option is designed for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree with teacher certification. The program is based on New Jersey teacher certification regulations and emulates the freshman and sophomore curriculum in four-year institutions, enabling student transfer to the four-year institutions.

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of child growth and development and relate it to learning opportunities in all domains of development.
  • Display an awareness and appreciation for diversity and multi-culturalism and the interrelationship between families, school and society.
  • Reflect on the multifaceted roles of a teacher and the principles and practices involved in teaching.

Thank you for choosing Sussex County Community College as the place to begin your education. We pride ourselves on giving you the individualized attention you need to be successful.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH104 Contemporary Mathematics 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
LSCI000 Science Gen Ed Requirement* 4
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
EDUC000 Program Requirement* 3
Total Semester Credits
16
Fall - Second Year
ENGL201 Effective Speaking 3
EDUC000 Program Requirement* 3
HIST001 History Gen Ed Requirement* 3
LSCI000 Science Gen Ed Requirement* 4
SOCA215 Perspectives on Race, Gender, Class & Culture 3
Total Semester Credits
16
Spring - Second Year
EDUC291 Portfolio Development in Education 1
HIST001 History Gen Ed Requirement* 3
PHIL000 Philosophy Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
EDUC286 Principles and Practices of Teaching as a Profession** 3
Total Semester Credits
13
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
60

*Program Requirements & General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved courses in the College Catalog.

Science General Education courses (Recommended)

Choose from the list of approved Science General Education courses in the College catalog.

BIOS101

General Biology

4

BIOS122

Introduction to Environmental Science

4

 

 

 

Program Required Courses (choose two)

 

CDEV101

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

EDUC202

Historical and Philosophical Patterns in Education (FA)

3

PSYC280

Educational Psychology

3

Social Science General Education courses (Recommended)

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Social Science General Education courses in the College catalog.

PSYC101

Introduction to  Psychology

3

SOCA101

Introduction to Sociology

3

**Course only offered in spring

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.