Liberal Arts/Teacher Preparation Associate in Arts

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The Liberal Arts/Teacher Preparation degree is designed to allow students to transfer to a four-year degree program to become teachers. The program allows students to experience elementary, middle, and secondary education, and has a common first year of coursework. In the second year, students choose courses in any one of the following areas: math, science, social science, English, foreign languages, and elementary education. Completion of these elective courses will demonstrate content expertise required to become eligible for certification once the baccalaureate degree is completed. Elective courses are selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. Students are expected to declare their area of focus prior to the beginning of the second year of the program. This degree also meets the requirements for paraprofessionals seeking an Associate Degree in fulfillment of national and state guidelines. All students will be required to take the Praxis I exam prior to completion of their first year. Applicants are recommended to meet with the department chair to discuss the program and career pathways.

  1. Graduating students will develop an appreciation for the act of reflective practice and recognize the impact of ongoing reflection in order to become an effective educator.
  2. Graduating students will be exposed to our elementary, middle, and secondary school systems while developing an understanding of the importance of meeting the individual needs of all children.
  3. Graduating students will acquire an understanding of various educational theories and their application to the real-world classroom.
  4. Graduating students will be exposed to a variety of teaching techniques to be used in today’s classrooms in order to meet the individual needs of all children.

Requirements

Technical Standards have been created as a guideline for completion of the Teacher Preparation Program and for success as an educator in a public school setting. For state certification as an educator, students are required to pass the Praxis I and Praxis II exams; to undergo a criminal records check and fingerprinting. Individuals are encouraged to contact the State Department of Education for further requirement details. Students’ seeking a career in the field of education should possess strong written and verbal communication skills, enjoy working with children, be able to adapt to a variety of situations, and collaborate effectively with others. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to discuss any questions regarding these matters.

Program Curriculum

Transfer Credit Policy

In addition to Great Bay transfer credit policies, appropriate education courses will be accepted if taken within a five-year period. Exceptions to this policy, based on professional experience, may be granted at the discretion of the department chair. Proper documentation will be required to initiate this process. In the case of English and math course transfers, it may be recommended that the student take portions of the Accuplacer Placement Test to verify the skill level required in order to be successful in subsequent classes within the program.

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
FYE101 First Year Seminar 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
EDU101 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
EDU104 Foundations of Education 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ENGL110 College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
CIS110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
PSYC110 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 17

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
EDU201 The Teaching & Learning Process 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Educational Transfer Focus Elective Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Educational Transfer Focus Elective Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
English Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 18

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
Educational Transfer Focus Elective Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Lab Science Elective 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
Math Elective 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 17

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Educational Transfer Focus Elective Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Lab Science Elective 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
Math Elective 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 17

Total Overall Credits : 69

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