Northwest Community College

Secondary Education Teaching Transfer Pathway

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework
Mission
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.

Students should be aware that most baccalaureate degree programs which offer certification in secondary education require a total of 130 or more credits of study including at least one semester of full-time student teaching during your 

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 credits
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)