Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Education, Associate in Arts

Effective: Fall, 2016

The Education curriculum was developed to meet the needs of current and prospective students interested in transferring to a four-year institution for the purpose of receiving a PA Public School Teacher's Certification. This degree is designed to transfer to middle grades, secondary education, special education, or other four year certification degree programs. Among colleges and universities there are variances within the first two years at some schools contingent upon the area of PA Public School Certification pursued. Additionally, each of these areas of certification involves different course selections. All of these conditions necessitate working closely with a transfer counselor in the Career and Counseling Center to ensure a seamless transfer process to a four-year institution.

All students will be required to have Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance, Pennsylvania Criminal Clearance, FBI clearance and documentation of current immunizations and TB screening. The background checks should be acquired prior to starting coursework.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Comprehend the practical aspects of education, including governance, politics, funding, history, law, psychology, and philosophical and societal effects.
  • Understand the diversity of students and student needs (educational, social, cultural, behavioral, academic) and the responsibility of a classroom teacher to meet these needs.
  • Develop the ability to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize ideas from a variety of sources and formulate a preventative model of classroom management.
  • Identify various elements, methods, and resources of effective teaching and learning and utilize them in planning instruction.
  • Understand the role that assessment plays in instruction.
  • Evaluate appropriate resources to plan instruction based on students’ needs.
  • Develop an understanding of teaching as a career choice, including job requirements, responsibilities, advantages and disadvantages.

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First Semester (16-17 credits)

ENG 100 - English Composition I3
PSY 140 - General Psychology3
Any transferable Scientific Inquiry (SI) designated science course (3-4 credits)
Any transferable Quantitative Reasoning (QR) designated MAT course (MAT 120 or higher, but not MAT 128) (3-4 credits)
Open Elective (3 credits)

Second Semester (15-16 credits)

ENG 112 - English Composition II: Writing About Literature3
History Elective (3 credits)
Mathematics Elective (MAT 120 or higher, but not MAT 128) (3-4 credits)
Humanities Elective (3 credits)
Open Elective (3 credits)

Third Semester (15 credits)

EDU 206 - Teaching with Technology3
EDU 220 - Introduction to Special Education3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
PSY 235 - Educational Psychology3
PSY 242 - Adolescent Psychology3
Social Science Elective (3 credits)
Education Elective or Open Elective (3 credits)

Fourth Semester (16 credits)

COMM 111 - Public Speaking3
Literature Elective (ENG 220 or ENG 221 or ENG 230 or ENG 231 or ENG 250) (3 credits)
Laboratory Science Elective (4 credits)
Open Elective (3 credits)
Education Elective or Open Elective (3 credits)

Education Electives: EDU 110, EDU 207, EDU 208, EDU 215

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with both the DCCC Transfer Office as well as their academic advisor when selecting Mathematics Electives, Literature Elective, Open Electives, and Education/Open Electives.

Total Credits: 62-64