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Education

Education Transfer

Program Code: EDU.AS
Associate in Science Degree

The Education Transfer Program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university. However, students can also enter the educational field as either a certified substitute teacher and/or as a certified paraprofessional after completion of this degree.  Students interested in transferring to a four-year college education program must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have taken the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators. This program includes courses in communication, mathematics, science, technology, social sciences/humanities and education.  This course work will fulfill general education requirements towards transfer. In addition, it will introduce students to the field of education.  As part of the core education requirements, students will engage in two observational field experiences in an educational setting of their choice.     

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a strong foundational knowledge in educational theory, educational principals, research, and practice as evidenced by discussing the key educational models, research studies, and recent trends in education. 
  • Describe effective teaching practices and the role of the teacher in educational systems, including steps to become a teacher.
  • Analyze legal and ethical issues and historical trends pertinent to the field of education, including those arising in research, historical events, design of learning activities, and in classroom situations. 
  • Evaluate educational policies, standards, and practices and their impact on student learning and educational systems. 
  • Create written documents, such as lesson plans and research papers, which integrate educational theory and concepts.

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Recommended Course Sequence

Below are required courses and recommended course groupings and sequences for program completion. Courses may have prerequisite and corequisite requirements. Check course descriptions for details.

Contact the Department Chairperson

Semester I

3-4

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Mathematics (GE MST).

MAT-113 (Mathematical Structures I) or higher is required.

OR

Semester II

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

3-4

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Mathematics (GE MST).

MAT-113 (Mathematical Structures I) or higher is required.

Semester III

OR

3

Certification/Content Specialization Elective to be taken in consultation with an Advisor.

3

Certification/Content Specialization Elective to be taken in consultation with an Advisor.

Semester IV

AND

OR

OR

3

Select from courses designated as a GE Science (GE MST) from Chemistry (CHM), Physics (PHY) or Science (SCI) courses.

3

Certification/Content Specialization Elective to be taken in consultation with an Advisor.

3

Certification/Content Specialization Elective to be taken in consultation with an Advisor.

Total Credits 64 - 66

Contact Information

Contact Name: Timothy Hack, department chair 
Contact Phone: 732.906.2590
Contact Email: HSS@middlesexcc.edu 
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/history-social-science/

Frequently Asked Questions

Can students find employment without completing their four-year degree? 

Students are eligible for a substitute-teaching license after completion of their 60th credit. Many graduates have become certified as a substitute teacher and have gained valuable experience before finishing their degree in education.  Students can also work as paraprofessionals in a wide variety of educational settings (both public and private) as they continue their education at a four-year institution.

What will students learn if they study in the Education Transfer Program?

Students will develop strong communication and critical thinking skills through a strong core of general education courses. They will gain a strong foundation in the field of education through courses and practical experiences in teaching/learning field settings. Supervision is conducted by cooperating school personnel as well as by the college supervisor. Students may elect to observe in early childhood, special education, elementary education or high school level field placements.

Are there any requirements students must satisfy before taking courses in the major? 

The student’s performance on the College’s placement test determines placement in developmental courses.  Depending on the student’s desired future second major (content specialty) at the transfer institution, additional pre-requisites may be required. Consultation with the education coordinator or an academic advisor about core and elective choices is strongly recommended. Focusing on starting the second major/content specialty at Middlesex County College is strongly recommended.

How long will it take to complete this degree? 

Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. The amount of time may be shortened by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

Can students complete all requirements by enrolling in evening classes? 

Almost all classes are offered at least one time each year during the evening sessions. Some courses are offered in one semester but not in the following semester. Students studying on a part-time basis should contact the department chairperson or an advisor to plan when they should take their courses.

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