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Certificate in Education

Certificate in Education

Total Credit Hours: 31

About Certificate in Education

The Certificate in Education program is designed to provide entry- level training for persons interested in working in educational settings. The program also serves as a career/educational ladder for those interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the field. Emphasis is placed on student learning outcomes in a broad range of educational areas. All courses taken for the Certificate in Education also fulfill the requirements for the Associate of Arts in Education degree. Only technical requirement courses that have a grade of “C” or better will be counted towards the Certificate.


Technical Requirements

Course #

Course Name


ED 150

Introduction to Teaching


ED 180

Educational Methods


ED 231

Introduction to Exceptionalities


ED 292

Education Practicum


ASL 100

American Sign Language I


HI 121

History of World Civilization I


HL 202



PS 140

American Government


CD 140

Nutrition and Physical Health


Choose 1 course from the following

ED 220

Early Childhood Education Orientation


CD 221

Introduction to Teaching

Certificate Total


General Requirements for Certificates

Effective fall Semester 2003, several academic policy changes were implemented to ensure that students are adequately prepared to meet business and industry standards. All Undeclared or newly Declared Students enrolled in regularly scheduled postsecondary courses must be enrolled in or must have completed developmental coursework for Math and English or have successfully placed into post-secondary Math and English (or equivalent).
Students must fulfill the English general education requirement by the time they have enrolled in 12 credits of classes. This means that students may take only nine (9) credits before they must begin meeting the general education requirements. All declared students in Certificate programs will be required to successfully complete minimum general education course requirements. For more information, refer to the Admissions Information, General Education Policy section of this catalog.
A. General Education Requirements
Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking English as indicated by one of the following:
Test out of the English Placement Test (or equivalent), or
Satisfactory completion of EN096 or EN097 courses
Test out of the Math Placement Test (or equivalent), or
Satisfactory completion of MA096 or MA098 courses
B. Technical Requirements
Total Technical Requirements vary by program.
C. Related General Education & Technical Requirements
Total related General Ed/Technical Requirements vary by program.
Minimum Total Credits Required for a Certificate           30
* No course may be counted for both Technical Major and Science/Technology General Education requirements.
** Placement testing is not mandatory for admission to the College. Completion of placement testing, however, is required for enrollment into English and mathematics courses. Therefore, students who plan to enroll full-time in a program should take the placement test to be eligible for a full load of courses.

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Education program, students will be able to:
  1. Advocate appropriate practices for students, model professionalism, and demonstrate proper ethical conduct.
  2. Effectively and respectfully communicate with students, staff and families including those from diverse backgrounds and special populations.
  3. Implement various developmentally and age-appropriate teaching, assessment and guidance strategies needed to effectively work with students in Kindergarten to twelfth grade.

ED180 Educational Methods

This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, prepare and implement educational activities and teaching strategies in a K-12th grade educational setting. The course is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in an educational setting. Course content focuses on identifying the diversity of learners’ needs, instructional approaches to best address this diversity, planning and implementing activities, and project based learning.

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ED150 Introduction to Teaching

This course presents a unique and realistic approach to the fundamentals of teaching as a career. Not only are the rewards of teaching established and explored, but also the challenges educators face in the classroom. The course also introduces students to the larger topics of education, including discipline, history, philosophy, learning theories, teaching techniques, assessment, classroom management and diversity.

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ED231 Introduction to Exceptionalities

This course provides students with an introduction to exceptionalities. An overview of all aspects of exceptionality including etiology, legal aspects, assessment, and service delivery will be provided. Formerly: Introduction to Exceptional Children

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Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting

The Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting is designed to train individuals to become Sign Language Interpreters and facilitators of communication for the Deaf. The program combines theoretical and practical learning experiences that will further develop the students’ linguistic knowledge and understanding of American Sign Language (ASL), as well as their awareness of Deaf culture

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Associate of Arts in Education

The Associate of Arts in Education is designed to provide entry-level training for persons interested in working in educational settings. The program also serves as a career/educational ladder for those interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the field.  Students may choose from two areas of concentration:  Bachelor Foundation and/or Pre-Professional.  Emphasis is placed on students learning outcomes in a broad range of educational areas. Only technical requirement courses, which have a grade of “C” or better, will be counted towards the Associate degree.

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Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education

Early childhood pertains to children age eight and below. Early childhood educators work in Head Start programs, childcare centers, family home care programs, elementary schools, social services programs, and health care services. These professionals plan and implement appropriate experiences for young children in areas such as language, health, movement, creativity, cognitive, self-concept and social behavior. They also supervise children’s activities, care for their needs, keep records of their progress, and confer with parents and other professionals.

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