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Education: Secondary Humanities/Social Studies Education Option


The Education curriculum prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions by introducing them to the field of education while guiding them through a coherent sequence of liberal arts and sciences courses. By doing this, they prepare for careers in the field of education. After successful completion of this curriculum, students receive an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree.

The Education: Secondary Humanities/Social Studies Education Option is appropriate for students who plan to pursue careers teaching humanities (such as English and foreign languages) or social studies education (including such subjects as history, government and political science) in secondary schools. This option emphasizes humanities and social science courses which students select according to their field of interest.

The Education curriculum has many transfer agreements with baccalaureate degree-granting institutions in the region. Because transfer institutions require specific courses to be taken prior to entry, it is highly recommended that students consult catalogues of schools to which they might transfer and transfer worksheets available in the Career and Transfer Center, as well as their advisors, in order to make appropriate selections for their elective courses. According to Pennsylvania mandates under Chapter 354, students will need a 3.0 G.P.A. for entry into teacher certification courses. In addition, they must pass the Pre-Professional Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) before entry into upper level teacher certification courses at the transfer institution.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Identify career options open to an individual with a background in education and describe the path required to State Teacher Certification and tenure.
  • Explain the history of the American education system, philosophical perspectives, and the social and cultural mores that shape contemporary practices in education.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of school structure, governance and finance.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of classroom dynamics including: motivation, teacher expectations, classroom management / behavior modification, special education and the inclusive classroom models, discourse of the discipline, teaching techniques and curriculum planning and organization.
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of technology for teaching through teacher record keeping and differentiating instruction.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how various theoretical frameworks apply to learning and development

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are typically required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 64 credits and a grade point average of 2.0 are required for graduation.

Education: Secondary Humanities/Social Studies Education Option Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101

MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis or Higher or
MATH 161 - Precalculus I*

FNMT 118 or MATH 118 with a grade of “C” or better or MATH 161 placement
For MATH 161: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better

3 Mathematics
Lab Science (BIOL 106 - General Biology I or other BIOL, CHEM or PHYS)   4 Natural Science
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology   3 Social Sciences
CIS 103 – Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp

Second Semester

ENGL 102 – The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
MATH 151 - Linear Mathematics or
MATH 162 - Precalculus II*
For MATH 1512: FNMT 118 or MATH 118 with a grade of “C” or better or MATH 161 placement
For MATH 162: MATH 161 with a grade of "C" or better
Science (Lab or non-lab science)   3/4  
HIST 101 - U.S. History: The Colonial Period** or
HIST 102 - U.S. History: The 19th Century or
HIST 103 - U.S. History: The 20th Century**
  3 Humanities, Am/Global Diversity
Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies
ED 201 - Foundations of Education for Middle and Secondary Years ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  

Third Semester

Literature Elective or
HUM 101 - Cultural Traditions or
HUM 102 - Cultural Traditions
ENGL 101
ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently
ED 214 - Cognition and Learning in the Classroom ENGL 101 and and ED 105 or ED 201 3  
PSYC 209 - Adolescent Psychology PSYC 101 3  
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking
ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   3  
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   3  

Fourth Semester

ED 265 - Introduction to Special Education and Inclusive Practices ED 105 or ED 201 and PSYC 201 or PSYC 209 or PSYC 215 3  

Art/Music/Philosophy - select one

  • ART 103 - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance or
  • ART 104 - History of Art: Renaissance to Modern or
  • MUS 103 - Introduction to Music or
  • MUS 105 - Music of the Baroque and Classical Eras or
  • MUS 106 - Great Romantic Music or
  • MUS 120 - Music of Music of African-Americans or
  • MUS 121 - Modern American Music or
  • PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy or
  • PHIL 211 - Ethical Problems or
  • PHIL 151 - World Religion or
  • PHIL 152 - Philosophy of Religion
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   3  
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   3  
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 64

General Education Requirements

All General Education requirements are met through required courses as indicated above. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements can be found on the following degree requirements Web page.

*  Students should choose math courses according to transfer institution.
** Students planning to transfer to Temple University should take Hist 101 or HIST 103, not HIST 102.
Literature is strongly recommended; consult with advisor or transfer worksheets for best choice of course.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

Content Electives

Students should choose five content electives based on the subject they plan to teach as illustrated below

English Foreign Languages Social Studies Art Music
Five courses in literature, creative writing, or other humanities Recommended minimum of two semesters in the language they plan to teach and three humanities electives. (Students who are already fluent in the language they intend to teach should take five humanities electives instead.) Choose any five:
POLS 111
Econ 181 or 182
History 101, 102, 1032, 121, 122, 220, 221
GEOG 101, 103, 180, 222
Sociology 101, 233
Anthropology 112
Art 103
Art 104
Art 105
Art 109
Art 115

Students who intend to teach art at the secondary level should also prepare a portfolio.
Five music courses are required. MUS 105 and 106 are particularly recommended. MUS 111, 113, 114, 120 and 121 are also recommended.

Most baccalaureate programs in music education require testing and/or auditions for incoming transfer students. CCP students who intend to teach music should contact their intended transfer institutions for details.