Northwest Community College

Elementary Education Teaching Transfer Pathway

Misson | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework
Misson
The objective of this pathway is to prepare students for transfer to a baccalaureate degree in Secondary Education at a four-year college or university. At the community college level, students will focus on completing their general education requirements and on completing the first two years of study in their chosen major. The State of Connecticut requires students to choose a major in a subject area such as: English, Science, Mathematics, History, Social Studies or Foreign Languages. Upon completing this pathway, students can receive an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Additional information for students wishing to become CT public school early childhood teachers: In addition to completing the required courses, students will need to past the PRAXIS I exam and must have 30 hours of documented experience working with children. They will also need to meet the admissions requirements for the School of Education at the transfer institution; these vary from institution to institution.

Faculty
Sharon Gusky, sgusky@nwcc.commnet.edu, 860-738-6395

Outcomes
In addition to meeting the outcomes for the Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree, students will also demonstrate:
1. An understanding of the developmental stages of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.
2. An understanding for history and historiography from the perspective of different cultural groups with attention to race, gender, ethnic and class issues.
3. Content knowledge in an area designated as a secondary education major.
4. Computer skills.

Coursework
This is the suggested course sequence for full-time students who aim to graduate in two years.
SEMESTER 1
ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits 
MAT* Mathematics Elective higher than MAT* 137 (MAT* 167 recommended) - 3/4 credits 
ECN* GEO* POL* Economics Elective OR Geography Elective OR Political Science Elective - 3 credits 
ELECTIVE Art or Music Elective - 3 credits 
PHL* Philosophy Elective - 3 credits 
SEMESTER 2
ENG* 102 Literature & Composition - 3 credits 
COM* 173 Public Speaking - 3 credits 
CSC* 102 Introduction to Computer Science - 3 credits 
PSY* 111 General Psychology I 3 ELECTIVE Directed Elective - 3 credits ♦ Directed Electives in your subject area should be chosen with your advisor.

SEMESTER 3
PSY* 201 Lifespan Development - 3 credits
ELECTIVE Social Science Elective - 3 credits ♦ Economics or History recommended.
ELECTIVE Laboratory Science Elective - 4 credits
ELECTIVE Directed Elective - 3 credits ♦ Directed Electives in your subject area should be chosen with your advisor. 
ELECTIVE Directed Elective - 3 credits ♦ Directed Electives in your subject area should be chosen with your advisor.
SEMESTER 4
ENG* English Literature Elective (200 level or higher) - 3 credits
HIS* 201 HIS* 202 US History I OR US History II - 3 credits
ELECTIVE Laboratory Science Elective - 4 credits
ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective - 3 credits
ELECTIVE Directed Elective - 3 credits ♦ Directed Electives in your subject area should be chosen with your advisor.
TOTAL CREDITS 62(63)