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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teacher Education: Middle Level & Secondary, A.A. (099.4)

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Allegheny, Boyce, North, South
Associate of Arts

This program prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution for teacher certification in grades of four to eight or seven to 12. Students are offered a broad college background along with skills and knowledge necessary for Middle Level and Secondary Certification.

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will:

  1. Identify current PA teacher certification requirements, including the development of a professional portfolio and demonstrate behaviors appropriate to the profession.
  2. Utilize resources, materials and technology for the classroom, including, but not limited to, the Pennsylvania Department of Education resources, (i.e., academic standards).
  3. Observe students in grades 4 to 12 in their learning environment and empirically document these observations.
  4. Classify learning theories and psychological principles in relation to the development of an educational philosophy and pedagogical practices.
  5. Analyze past and present topics in education.
  6. Describe the role of the classroom teacher in meeting the needs of all students including those with sensory, behavioral, physical, language, cognitive, cultural and learning differences.

Students must be eligible for clearance through the Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114), Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check (Act 34), the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance Act (Act 151) and meet local requirements of the field placement site.

Graduates achieving a minimum of 3.0 GPA are eligible to transfer to a Bachelor’s degree program in Education, leading to Middle Level or Secondary Teacher certification. Teacher certification candidates must successfully pass the required Preservice Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) or PRAXIS Core Academics Skills for Educators exams.

Degree Requirements

Total: 15–16 credits

Second Semester

Total: 15-16 redits

Total: 15-16 redits

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60–65

Students will choose the selection of these courses based on the transfer university and/or program; please consult a transfer counselor.

Recommended courses for Middle Level Specialization

Recommended courses for Secondary Level Specialization

Restricted Humanities electives

select from:

Certification concentration elective

Check with counselor to see course recommendations) mathematics, science, English and social studies.

Transfer Opportunities

Articulation agreements are available for students to complete the Associate Degree and transfer to Grand Canyon University , Robert Morris University  and Slippery Rock University . It is important that students consult with a counselor early in their program to develop a course plan most appropriate for the school to which they intend to transfer. See for details.

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