Education

  • Overview
Provides a broad range of liberal arts studies with an elective emphasis on education.

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.

Curriculum documents

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
EDU 111
PSY 101
BIO course
PCS course
ENG Comp. II
EDU 205
ANT 104 or GGY 101
Lab Science course
General elective
ENG 241
MAT 114 or 117
HIS 101, 102, 105, or 106
General elective (2)
ENG 205 or 206
MAT 116
PSY 233
ECO 101, ECO 102, or POL 101
Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
EDU 111
ENG Comp. II
EDU 205
BIO course
PCS course
ANT 104 or
GGY 101
PCS course
Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
ENG 241
MAT 114 or MAT 117
ENG 205 or ENG 206
MAT 116
General elective (2)
HIS 101, 102, 105, or 106
PSY 233
ECO 101, ECO 102, or POL 101

What’s next

Transfer to a Baccalaureate program as preparation to teach in preschools, elementary and middle schools, as well as special education.

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.