Education: Secondary Humanities/Social Studies Education Option


The Education curriculum prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions by introducing them to the field of education while guiding them through a coherent sequence of liberal arts and sciences courses. By doing this, they prepare for careers in the field of education. After successful completion of this curriculum, students receive an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree.

The Education: Secondary Humanities/Social Studies Education Option is appropriate for students who plan to pursue careers teaching humanities (such as English and world languages) or social studies education (including such subjects as history, government and political science) in secondary schools. This option emphasizes humanities and social science courses which students select according to their field of interest.

The Education curriculum has many transfer agreements with baccalaureate degree-granting institutions in the region. Because transfer institutions require specific courses to be taken prior to entry, it is highly recommended that students consult catalogs of schools to which they might transfer, as well as their advisors, in order to make appropriate selections for their elective courses. According to Pennsylvania mandates under Chapter 354, students will need a 3.0 G.P.A. for entry into teacher certification courses. In addition, they must pass the Pre-Professional Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) before entry into upper-level teacher certification courses at the transfer institution.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Identify career options open to an individual with a background in secondary humanities and social studies education and describe the types and components of state teacher certification exams.
  • Apply theories of adolescent development and cognitive processes to enhance student learning
  • Explain the history of the secondary education model in the United States, including its governance and financial structures, social and cultural mores, and philosophical perspectives
  • Demonstrate effective teaching strategies and techniques in areas such as classroom dynamics, teacher expectations, student motivation, and classroom management
  • Develop electronic teacher portfolios (e-portfolios) using set guidelines established by the Department of Education
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of technology for record keeping, parental communication, and differentiating instruction in secondary education environments.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are typically required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 64 credits and a grade point average of 2.0 are required for graduation.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits ENGL 101
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis or Higher or
MATH 161 - Precalculus I *
For MATH 150: FNMT 118 ready
For MATH 161: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better
3 credits Mathematics
BIOL 106 - General Biology I   4 credits Natural Sciences
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology   3 credits Social Sciences
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts   3 credits Tech Comp

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits ENGL 102, Info Lit
MATH 151 - Linear Mathematics  or
MATH 162 - Precalculus II*
For MATH 151: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better or placement in MATH 161 or higher
For MATH 162: MATH 161 with a grade of "C" or better
3 credits  
BIOL 107 - General Biology II or
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation
For BIOL 107: BIOL 106 with a grade of "C" or better 3 or 4 credits  
HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era** or
HIST 102 - United States History: The 19th Century or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century**
  3 credits Humanities, Am/Global Diversity
Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies
ED 201 - Foundations of Education for Middle and Secondary Years ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
Literature Elective or
HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions or
HUM 102 - Cultural Traditions
For Literature Elective: ENGL 101 with grade "C" or better
For HUM 101 or HUM 102: ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently
3 credits  
ED 214 - Cognition and Learning in the Classroom ENGL 101 and ED 105 or  ED 201 3 credits  
PSYC 209 - Adolescent Psychology PSYC 101 3 credits  
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking
ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently
3 credits  
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   3 credits  
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   3 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ED 265 - Introduction to Special Education and Inclusive Practices ED 105 or ED 201
and PSYC 201 or PSYC 209 or PSYC 215
3 credits  
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 
  3 credits  
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   3 credits  
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   3 credits  
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


*Students should choose math courses according to transfer institution.
**Students planning to transfer to Temple University should take Hist 101 or HIST 103, not HIST 102.
Literature is strongly recommended; consult with advisor or transfer worksheets for best choice of course.

Content Electives

Students should choose five content electives based on the subject they plan to teach as illustrated below

English World Languages Social Studies Art Music
Five courses in literature, creative writing, or other humanities Recommended minimum of two semesters in the language they plan to teach and three humanities electives. (Students who are already fluent in the language they intend to teach should take five humanities electives instead.) Choose any five:
POLS 111
ECON 181 or 182
HIST 1011021032121122220221
GEOG 101103180222
SOC 101233
ANTH 112
ART 103
ART 104
ART 105 
ART 109 
ART 115 

Students who intend to teach art at the secondary level should also prepare a portfolio.
Five music courses are required. MUS 105 and 106 are particularly recommended. MUS 116, 118120 and 121 are also recommended. 

Most baccalaureate programs in music education require testing and/or auditions for incoming transfer students. CCP students who intend to teach music should contact their intended transfer institutions for details.

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.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.