Education

  • Overview
  • Program Notes
Designed for students who plan to transfer to a Baccalaureate program with a goal of teacher licensure as a qualification for teaching positions in the public school system. Education students at a 4-year institution carry two majors, one in Education and one in a non-Education field within the Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Math, or Science field. Students in the LEO option at GCC choose a teacher licensure level (Pre-K – 2nd grade, or 1st – 6th grade, or 5th – 12th grade), and a concentration area that will lead towards their non-Education major at a 4–year transfer institution.
  • Education classes will introduce you to issues and approaches in pedagogy at the K-12 level. You’ll also study child behavior and development and special education, while English classes focused on canonical British literature and contemporary children’s literature will start preparing you to review, select, and teach this work. A mathematics course focused on Early Childhood and Elementary Educators and electives of your choice will round out this Option, laying the foundation for continuing work in the field.

    Note that transfer to many four-year colleges and universities may require the completion of four semesters of World Languages. Four sequential semesters of World Languages classes from GCC will fulfill any UMass-Amherst language requirement.

    Curriculum documents

    To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

  • This is just one way you might complete the Education program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Education program description from our official academic catalog.

    Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

    Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

    ENG Comp. I
    PCS course
    PSY 101
    HIS course
    World Language course

    ENG Comp. II
    PSY 233
    BIO course
    SPA 102
    Open elective

    ENG 241
    Physical Science course
    EDU 111
    SOC 204
    Open elective

    Behavioral Science elective
    Any 200-level English
    MAT course
    Open elective

    Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

    ENG Comp. I
    PCS 101
    World Language course

    ENG Comp. II
    Open elective

    World Language course
    PSY 101
    EDU 111

    BIO course
    MAT course

    Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4

    ENG 241
    Physical Science course

    SOC 101
    Any 200 level ENG course

    SOC 204
    Open elective

    PSY 233
    HIS course
    Open elective

What’s next

Work closely with an Education advisor to choose a 4-year transfer institution in order to best prepare for your non-Education major at the 4-year institution. In order to enter directly into a teacher licensure program with junior standing, students seeking transfer to a Baccalaureate degree must meet two requirements prior to acceptance at the institution of their choice: passing scores on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), and completion of the first two years of a non-Education major in the Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Math, or Science field. Work closely with your Education advisor to select a concentration area that prepares for the non-Education major and to prepare to take the necessary tests. Contact the Transfer Office for more details.

Consider this program if

  • You want a broad as well as deep understanding of theory and practice in the field of education.
  • You want to work as preschool, elementary school, or special education teachers.
  • You who want to pursue higher academic study in education.

By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.

Work closely with an Education advisor to select your concentration area and select appropriate courses to fulfill credit towards your non-Education major at the transfer institution as well as to prepare for your teacher licensure level.

Recommended courses according to teacher licensure level:

  • Teacher licensure level, Pre-K—2nd grade
    • Strongly recommended for MTEL prep: MAT 116 and MAT 117
    • One of the following: EDU 101 or EDU 103 or EDU 112 or EDU 201
  • Teacher licensure level, 1st—6th grade
    • Strongly recommended for MTEL prep: MAT 116 and MAT 117
    • One of the following: EDU 112 or EDU 201
  • Teacher licensure level, 5th—12th grade
    • Any MAT course other than developmental courses and MAT 105 and I 06 (work with advisor to choose courses, according to your concentration area for non-Education major at the transfer institution)

For students who intend to pursue teacher licensure, all Education students must carry two majors at the 4-year Baccalaureate institution, one in Education and one in the Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, Math, or Science field. In addition, in order to be accepted as a junior in a bachelor’s level teacher preparation program, students must pass the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Students are encouraged to complete a practice program and to use online resources to gain the information and skills to pass this exam.

For additional information regarding Educator Licensure programs and the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), please visit GCC’s Education Department website.

Some teacher licensure programs require a 2.7 GPA or higher for admission.

GCC also offers a pathway towards teacher licensure for levels 5th—12th grade in Science-Math Education.