Elementary/Middle School Education-Option

Liberal Arts, Associate in Arts

This option is designed as a transfer program for students interested in Elementary (K-5) and Middle School (6-8) Certification with Specialization.  The Elementary/Middle School Education Option maximizes transfer of credits and academic status to a professional teacher education program. However, the transfer requirements of the four-year college must be satisfied for admittance into that college and its teacher certification program. To gain certification in New Jersey, students must complete a Coordinate Major and a professional sequence of courses in education. The Coordinate Majors for certification are:  Math, Sciences, Social Studies, and Language Arts Literacy.  For maximum transfer of credits, students should select a Coordinate Major as soon as possible and schedule elective courses with the assistance of an education faculty advisor.  Students must complete five courses within their Coordinate Major to be eligible to take the Praxis II test.  Students should plan on taking the Praxis II test as soon as possible following the completion of the five required Coordinate Major courses. 

To ensure that the specific requirements of the transfer college are met, all students interested in this option should contact area coordinator, Michael Bolicki, at (609)463-3573 or mbolicki@atlantic.edu.

Upon Completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Articulate a personal philosophy of education;
  • Describe the historical, philosophical and economic foundations of American education;
  • Discuss current research and approaches to educational issues, such as classroom management, diversity, the education of students with special needs and the interaction with the community to address those issues;
  • Identify their personal qualities and strengths as related to becoming a teacher;
  • Demonstrate knowledge in a comprehensive (“broad”) educational background as well as a concentration in a specific content area as part of their overall teacher education program.
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES  
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.  
ENGL101-Composition I
3
ENGL102-Composition II
3
Choose COMM110 or COMM120
3
MATH220-Statistical Methods
4
General Education Science course (life science-BIOL)
4

General Education Mathematics or Science course

(If the student selects Math as their coordinate major, select a Math course (MATH); if the student selects Sciences as their coordinate major, select a Science course (BIOL, CHEM, ESCI, PHYS); and if the student selects Language Arts Literacy or Social Studies as their coordinate major, select either a Math or Science course)

4
PSYC135-Child Psychology
3
SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Choose ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100 or THEA110
3
Choose ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213 or ENGL214
3

General Education Humanities course

(If the student selects Language Arts Literacy as their coordinate major, select an English course (ENGL); if the student selects Social Studies, as their coordinate major, select a History course (HIST); if the student selects Math or Science, as their coordinate major, select any general education Humanities course.)

3

Choose one from each group:

     HIST101 or HIST102

     HIST103 or HIST104

 

3

3

Choose GEOG102 or GEOG110
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
45
PROGRAM COURSES
CISM290-Instructional Technology for Teachers 3

EDUC101-Historical Foundations of American Education

3

PSYC/EDUC213-Educational Psychology

3
PSYC/EDUC226-Psychology of Exceptionality
3
Coordinate Major Electives

*Students should meet with an education faculty advisor before selecting coordinate major courses.

The Coordinate Majors are:  Math (MATH), Social Studies (ECON, HIST, GOVT), Sciences (BIOL, CHEM, ESCI, PHYS), and Language Arts Literacy (ENGL). 

8/9
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
20/21
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
65/66
   
EDUE-Fall 2012