Professional Studies AS– Education Option

Code: AS.PS.EDUC

The AS.PS.EDU option prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions to pursue Elementary, Middle School or Secondary Education teaching certifications. Students in this option take courses in education theory and practice, conduct classroom observations, along with general education studies required for successful transfer. Students are introduced to: foundations of education, organization and structure of schools systems, teaching the exceptional child, multicultural education, effective teaching techniques, and technology integration in teaching and learning. This option also provides students with a solid foundation in disciplines like humanities, social science, mathematics and science to facilitate teaching in the subject content areas. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze, through observation and reflection, a variety of educational philosophies and approaches and develop personal learning styles and an individual teaching philosophy.
  • Compare a variety of instructional strategies and methods that address individual learners and learning styles in order to develop collaborative critical thinking and creative problem solving skills in a variety of student populations.
  • Employ effective interpersonal, instructional and cultural communication techniques in order to foster active learning, dialogue, collaboration, and positive interaction with peers, school officials, parents and learners.
  • Demonstrate the understanding and knowledge needed to promote cross-cultural understanding and educational equity in the classroom, through the adaptation of curriculum, coupled with instructional strategies, to meet the diverse needs of students.
  • Design inquiry-based learning experiences that integrate technologies to engage students in individual and collaborative learning. 
  • Describe what it means to be a competent, ethical and professional teacher in a democratic, diverse and technological society in order to develop commitment to professional growth and to the legal and ethical responsibilities of public school teachers.

Career Pathways

Assistant Teacher  Group Teacher
Tutor/ Mentor
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

MAT  Mathematics Elective*   3-4
  Humanities Elective* 3
EDU-101Introduction to Education

3

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
EDU-102Inclusion and the Exceptional Child

3

EDU-110Foundations of Multicultural Education

3

PSY-101General Psychology

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Third Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
EDU-140Educational Technology

3

PSY-103Educational Psychology

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective*  4
  Humanities Electives* 6
  Free Elective** 3
PSY-106Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

3

Total Credit Hours:16

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN)

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective*

One general education course selected from the following fields: Anthropology (ANT); Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); and Sociology (SOC)

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  Mathematics* 3-4
  Natural Science Electives* 8

 

Total Credit Hours:11-12

Total Credit Hours: 30-32

Program Support Requirements

  Three general education courses (9 cr.) selected from the  following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN) 9
  One general education course (3 cr.) to be selected from  the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT) 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Program Requirements

EDU-101Introduction to Education

3

EDU-102Inclusion and the Exceptional Child

3

EDU-110Foundations of Multicultural Education

3

EDU-140Educational Technology

3

PSY-101General Psychology

3

PSY-103Educational Psychology

3

PSY-106Developmental Psychology: Lifespan

3

Total Credit Hours: 21

Free Electives**

Total Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 65-66

Specific Program Notes

**Recommended: EDU-201 Principles and Practices in Education; IST-123 Success 101

The following courses provide strong support for PRAXIS II exam preparation, and choosing from this list is strongly recommended: ANT-100, ANT-101, BIO-103 or BIO-107, GEO-101, HIS-101, HIS-102, HIS-111, HIS-112, HIS-113, HIS-114, LAN I and II sequence, LIT-101, LIT-201, LIT-203, LIT-204, MAT-130, POL-101, SOC-101.

PRAXIS is a series of exams that qualifies students for teaching in the State of New Jersey. The PRAXIS II test measures basic skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and other areas of general knowledge. In addition to licensure, these tests are often used to prepare candidates for entry into a teacher education program.