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Education: Secondary Math/Science 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 Math/Science Option is appropriate for students who plan to pursue careers in teaching mathematics, science or related fields in secondary schools.

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.

Since students in the Math/Science Option begin mathematics with Calculus I, it is necessary for those students who have not tested into this level of mathematics to take the prerequisite math courses (MATH 161 and MATH 162, or to have taken their equivalents at another college) either before enrolling or while enrolled in the program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 63 credits and a grade point average of 2.0 are required for graduation.

Education: Secondary Math/Science 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 171 - Calculus I MATH 162 or permission of dept. head 4 Mathematics
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology   3 Social Sciences
HIST 101 - U.S. History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era or
HIST 102 - U.S. History: The 19th Century or
HIST 103 - U.S. History: The 20th Century1
  3 Humanities Am/Global Diversity Interpretive Writing Intensive
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology*   3 Tech Comp

Second Semester

Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   4 or 5 Natural Science
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
MATH 172 - Calculus II MATH 171 4  
ED 201 - Foundations of Education for Middle and Secondary Years ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3  

Third Semester

Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   4 or 5 Natural Science
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   4 or 5 Natural Science
ED 214 - Cognition and Learning in the Classroom ENGL 101 and ED 105 or ED 201 3  
PSYC 209 - Adolescent Psychology PSYC 101 3  
Literature Elective or
HUM 101 or HUM 102 - Cultural Traditions2
ENGL 101
ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently.

Fourth Semester

ED 265 - Introduction to Special Education and Inclusive Practices ED 105 or ED 201, & PSYC 201, or PSYC 209, or PSYC 215 3  
ANTH 112 - Cultural Anthropology or
ECON 181 - Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics) or
ECON 182 - Principles of Economics (Microeconomics) or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Geography or
GEOG 103

- Cultural Geography or

GEOG 180 - Urban Geography or
GEOG 222 - World Regional Geography1

GEOG 101 or GEOG 103

Art/Music/Philosophy/Foreign Language course

  • 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 Era or
  • MUS 106 - Great Romantic Music or
  • MUS 120 - 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 Religions or
  • PHIL 152 - Philosophy of Religion or
  • Foreign language: any 100 or 200-level course1
  3 Humanities
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking 
ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently
Content Elective (see chart below for choice of content electives)   4 or 5  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 63

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 degree requirements Web page.

1 Consult with your advisor and use transfer worksheets to determine the best course choice.
2 Literature is strongly recommended; consult with advisor and transfer worksheets for best choice of courses.

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

All students must take four content electives. Students may earn the Associate's degree with any combination of four of the courses listed on the chart below.

Students planning to teach secondary mathematics or physics should take the following content electives: Students planning to teach secondary chemistry should take the following content electives: Students planning to teach secondary biology or general science should take the following content electives:
Math 270 and
Math 271 and
PHYS 111 and PHYS 112 OR
PHYS 140 and 241
CHEM 121, 122, 221, and 222 BIOL 123 and 124
CHEM 121 and 122