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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

Allegheny, Boyce, North, South, Online
Associate of Arts

This program prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution for teacher certification in grades 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.

Students must have three current clearances: FBI Fingerprint Clearance, a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Clearance, and a Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance and meet the local requirements of the field placement site, including the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) Verification Clearance.

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.

Upon successful completion of the 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. Classify learning theories and psychological principles in relation to the development of an educational philosophy and pedagogical practices.
  3. Describe the role of the classroom teacher in observing and meeting the needs of all students including those with sensory, behavioral, physical, language, cognitive, cultural and learning differences.
  4. Utilize resources, materials and technology for the classroom, including, but not limited to the Pennsylvania Department of Education resources, (i.e., academic standards).

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 www.ccac.edu/articulation for details.