If you enjoy being around children, have the power to motivate and inspire, and have qualities such as patience and creativity, then the Washington State Community College Education Program might be the right choice for you. The program is designed to provide the general education and introductory education courses needed by those desiring a degree that will lead to teacher licensure. The program major is aligned with the standards for pre-service teacher education programs in the State of Ohio and attention has been paid to the guidelines of several accrediting agencies. The Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) for education has been fully approved and can be earned through this program.
Teachers of chemistry, physics, mathematics, special education, Spanish, computer science, and bilingual education are in demand in almost every region of the United States (www.cnn.com, 2008). Teachers are also needed to teach English and other subjects in many foreign countries. Those seeking employment in the Mid-Ohio Valley will find the market highly competitive.
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The education transfer program is designed to provide the general education courses needed to transfer into four- and five-year programs in teacher education. The middle years program prepares you to teach children nine to 13 years old. In addition to general education courses and a core of professional education courses, students enrolled in this program should begin taking courses in order to have two areas of concentration chosen from language arts, sciences, mathematics, and social studies. See an academic advisor in the field of education or the program coordinator for details.
Students will take courses spread across seven areas of general education: English Composition (3), Speech (1), Arts and Humanities (4), Mathematics (College Algebra or higher, 1), Natural Sciences (2), and Social and Behavioral Sciences (4). At least 57 hours of course work in these areas must be taken from the Ohio Transfer Module list that appears in the Washington State Community College Catalog. Major courses include the Ohio TAG in education and several electives. Education Transfer majors must complete a minimum of 23 hours of education coursework. The Ohio TAG consists of:
- EDUC 1000 Introduction to Education
- EDUC 2100 Exceptional Individuals
- EDUC 1700 Educational Technology
- PSYC 2750 Educational Psychology
The specific general education and major courses required to transfer vary by transfer institution. All education transfer students should work closely with an EDT adviser in order to ensure enrollment in the best classes for transfer to preferred 4-year schools.
Upon Completion of the Education Transfer Program the student will be able to:
- Pass the Praxis I, Pre-Professional Skills Test
- Investigate career expectations and current educational issues that affect classroom practice
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and execute a detailed lesson plan
- Be an effective communicator, problem-solver, and critical thinker who understands the concept of humankind's diversity, commonality, and achievement
- Work with exceptional individuals in a school or agency setting and evaluate how theory relates to practice
- Write about and discuss the characteristics, identification, and needs of typical and exceptional individuals and adapt instruction to meet their needs
- Demonstrate knowledge of the history of American education and the structure of the American system of education
People earning an AA in Education Transfer can seek employment as a teacher's aide. The No Child Left Behind legislation requires an AA for this position. In some states, those holding an AA degree can be hired to substitute teach. Ohio is not one of those states. Some private schools may hire AA degree holder to teach. Individuals seeking teacher licensure must complete a 4-year degree in education at an accredited college or university and clear a background check. In addition to teaching, graduates of Bachelors degree programs can often find employment in libraries, child care facilities, businesses that need employee trainers, and museums. Additional coursework and teaching experience can lead to positions as a counselor, principal, superintendent, or curriculum supervisor.
Graduates of Washington State Community College's EDT program are now teaching in public and private K-12 schools as well as colleges and universities through out the region and country.
Successful completion of the education transfer program leads to the Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer.
+ Several general education courses and some courses in the major can be taken online. A complete degree is not available in this format.