Education - Middle and Secondary Level

Education: Middle and Secondary Level provides two opportunities for students. It offers a pathway for students to earn an associate of arts degree in education, which is now required for many entry-level jobs in Pennsylvania K-12 schools. It also serves as a first step for those students who wish to transfer to four-year schools so that they may earn their baccalaureate degrees in education. The program offers two levels (Middle and Secondary) with two areas of concentration for each level (Math/Science and Humanities).

The Education: Middle and Secondary Level program prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate-degree granting institutions by introducing them to the field of education while guiding them through a coherent and well-rounded sequence of courses. Within each concentration, there are several possible subject areas in which to specialize; therefore, students choose from a list of content electives in those subjects.

After successful completion of this curriculum, students receive an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. Most graduates then transfer to a four-year institution where they earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Education and are eligible for certification to teach at the middle or secondary levels, in areas related to their concentration.

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Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School – est. salary $109,572
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
– est. salary $64,510*
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School – est. salary $67,310

**EMSI Data, 2020; Philadelphia County, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

 

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Education - Middle and Secondary Level degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 101 - College Composition 3 credits ENGL 101 is a prerequisite for many courses, including ENGL 102, ENGL 115, and ED 201 Writing, Research, Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts 3 credits   Technological Competency
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3 credits Prerequisite for PSYC 209 Cultural Analysis & Interpretation
Middle Level (any concentration) or Secondary Level,
Humanities Concentration:

MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis or
MATH 161 - Pre-Calculus I*
Secondary Level,
Math/Science Concentration:
MATH 171 - Calculus I
3 or 4 credits Students should choose math courses according to transfer institution, in consultation with an advisor.

General Education Requirement: Quantitative ReasoningStudents should choose math courses according to transfer institution, in consultation with an advisor.While these math courses meet CCP’s graduation requirements, students may need to take additional mathematics courses at their transfer institution.

MATH 161 requires FNMT 118 completed with a C or better or placement in MATH 161 or higher.

MATH 171 requires MATH 162 completed with a grade of C or better, or placement in MATH 171 or higher. MATH 171 is also a prerequisite for PHYS 111 or PHYS 140.

All students in the program must take a minimum of two semesters of college-level mathematics at MATH 150 or higher.
Quantitative Reasoning
ED 201 - Foundations of Education for Middle and Secondary Years 3 credits ED 201 is a prerequisite for ED 265, ED 214, and ED 255  
  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate degree
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   Writing, Research, Info Lit 2
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking 3 credits   Oral Communication/
Creative Expression
PSYC 209 - Adolescent Psychology 3 credits Prerequisite for ED 265
(may be taken concurrently)
 
ED 265 - Introduction to Special Education and Inclusive Practices 3 credits    
Middle Level (any concentration) or Secondary Level,
Humanities Concentration:

MATH 151 - Linear Mathematics or
MATH 162 - Precalculus II*

Secondary Level,
Math/Science Concentration:

MATH 172 - Calculus II

3 or 4 credits Students should choose math courses according to transfer institution, in consultation with an advisor.

While these math courses meet CCP’s graduation requirements, students may need to take additional mathematics courses at their transfer institution.

MATH 151 requires FNMT 118 completed with a C or better or placement in MATH 161 or higher

MATH 162 requires completion of MATH 161 with a grade of C or better, or placement in MATH 162 or higher

MATH 172 requires completion of MATH 171 with a grade of C or better, or placement in MATH 172 or higher and is a prereq for PHYS 241

All students in the program must take a minimum of two semesters of college-level mathematics at MATH 150 or higher.
 

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ED 214 - Cognition and Learning in the Classroom 3 credits Prerequisite for ED 255  
Middle Level or Secondary Level, Humanities Concentration:
BIOL 106 - General Biology I

Middle Level and Secondary Level, Math/Science Concentration:
CHEM 110 - Introductory Chemistry or
PHYS 111 - General Physics I or
PHYS 140 - Mechanics, Heat and Sound or
BIOL 123 - Principles of Biology I

4 or 5 credits Students should choose science courses according to transfer institution, in consultation with an advisor.

BIOL 106 is a prerequisite for BIOL 107

PHYS 111, or permission of the department head, is a prerequisite for PHYS 112

PHYS 140 is a prerequisite for PHYS 241

CHEM 110 completed with a C or better and FNMT 118 are prerequisites for CHEM 121

BIOL 123 with a grade of "C" or higher is a prerequisite for BIOL 124

CHEM 110 or permission of department head is a prerequisite for BIOL 123

All students in the program must take a minimum of two semesters of science.
Scientific Reasoning
History Course (choose one):
HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era or
HIST 102 - United States History: The Civil War and the 19th Century or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century and Beyond**
3 credits Students planning to transfer to Temple University should take HIST 101 or HIST 103, not HIST 102.  
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives) *** 3 to 5 credits Students selecting their content electives must receive approval from their education faculty advisor before they can register for their content electives. Banner will prevent students from registering without their advisor's approval.  
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives) *** 3 to 5 credits    

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ED 255 - Teaching English Language Learners 3 credits    
Middle Level (any concentration) or
Secondary Level, Humanities Concentration:
BIOL 107 - General Biology II or
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation
Secondary Level, Math/Science Concentration:
ART 103 - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance or
ART 104 - History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern or
MUS 103 - Introduction to Music or
PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy or
Any 100 or 200-level World Language course or
Any Religious Studies course (RS)
3 or 4 credits Students in Middle Level and students in Secondary Level Humanities should choose science courses according to transfer institution, in consultation with an advisor.

BIOL 107 requires BIOL 106 completed, with a grade of C or better.

Students in the Secondary Level Math/Science Concentration should choose a humanities course according to transfer institution, in consultation with an advisor.

Students who plan to attend a religiously-affiliated college or university should take a Religious Studies (RS) course.
 
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives) *** 3 to 5 credits Students selecting their content electives must receive approval from their education faculty advisor before they can register for their content electives. Banner will prevent students from registering without their advisor's approval.  
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives) *** 3 to 5 credits    
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives) *** 3 to 5 credits    
  • If this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request for Course Substitution of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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