Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

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Teacher's Education: Middle Level and Secondary

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE, NORTH, SOUTH
Associate of Arts (099.3)

This program prepares the student for transfer to a four-year institution for teacher certification in grades of 4–8 or 7–12. Students are offered a broad college background along with skills and knowledge necessary for Middle Level and Secondary Certification.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Identify current PA teacher certification requirements, including the development of a professional portfolio and demonstrate behaviors appropriate to the profession.
  2. Identify, develop and utilize resources, materials and technology for the classroom, including but not limited to the Pennsylvania Department of Education resources, (i.e., Academic standards).
  3. Observe students in grades 4-12 in their learning environment and empirically document these observations.
  4. Classify learning theories and psychological principles in relation to the development of an educational philosophy and pedagogical practices.
  5. Discuss, analyze and evaluate past and present topics in education.
  6. Describe the role of the classroom teacher in meeting the needs of all students including those with sensory, behavioral, physical, language, cognitive, cultural and learning differences.

Graduates achieving a minimum of 3.0 GPA are eligible to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in education, leading to Middle Level or Secondary Teacher Certification. Teacher certification candidates must successfully pass the required PRAXIS exams and be eligible for clearance through the Federal Criminal History Record (ACT114), Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check (ACT34), the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance Act (ACT151)

Degree Requirements

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 60–64

First Semester

Course No.       

Course Name

Credits

EDU-125

Foundations of Middle Level & Secondary Education       

3

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

MAT-107
MAT-108

Mathematics for Elementary Education or
Intermediate Algebra

3
4

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

 

Restricted Humanities Elective*

3

 

Total Credits

15–16

Second Semester

ECD-202

Children With Special Needs

3

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

PSY-204

Adolescent Psychology

3

 

Science With Lab**

34

 

Social Science Elective

3

 

Total Credits

15–16

Third Semester

EDU-202

Educational & Assistive Technology

3

HIS-104

US History 1

3

PSY-201

Educational Psychology

3

MAT-102

Mathematical Concepts (or course with a
MAT-108 prerequisite)

34

 

English Literature Elective***

3

 

Total Credits

15–16

Fourth Semester

EDU-205

English Language Learners in the Classroom

3

GEO-101  
HIS-101  
HIS-102

World Geography or  
History of Western Civilization 1 or  
History of Western Civilization 2

3

 

Certification Concentration Elective**** 

3

 

Restricted Humanities Elective*

3

 

Science Elective

34

 

Total Credits

15–16

 

Students will choose the selection of these courses based
on the transfer university and/or program; please consult
a transfer counselor.

*Restricted Humanities electives—select from:

ART-103
ART-104 
ART-106 

Art History—Ancient or
Art History—Modern or
Art Appreciation

3

MUS-101

Introduction to Music

3

PHL-101
PHL-103
PHL-111

Introduction to Philosophy or
Logic or
Religions of the World

3

SPH-101

Oral Communication (highly recommended
for those interested in teaching grades 7–12)

3

THE-101

Introduction to Theatre

3

  

 

**Recommended Science with lab electives:

BIO-110

Introduction to Biological Sciences

4

BIO-151 

General Biology 1

4

PHS-101

Earth Science

3

PHY-100

Basic Physics

4

  

 

***English literature electives:

ENG-115

General Literature

3

ENG-117

Children’s Literature

3

ENG-205

American Literature to the Civil War

3

  

 

****Certification concentration elective:
Check with transfer counselor to see course recommendations:
Mathematics, Science, English and Social Studies.

   

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