Requirements for education majors at four-year colleges, especially New Jersey state universities, are very prescribed due in large part to New Jersey State Certification requirements. This degree was developed to assist students, who intend to enter the field of education, in meeting the requirements of the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in either middle school (5-8) or secondary (9-12) education.
It is strongly recommended that students in the Associate of Arts in Education: 5-12 degree program, middle school (5-8) or secondary school (9-12) meet with a counselor every semester to ensure appropriate course selection and facilitate transfer based on the requirements of the college or university to which they intend to transfer.
Under current New Jersey teacher certification regulations, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75. Note that requirements for certification vary by state and students are advised to research the teacher certification requirements for the state in which they plan to teach. Additionally, some teacher education programs require a GPA higher than 2.75 as an entrance requirement for their programs.
Note: New Jersey Administrative Code allows only 6 hours of Education course credit earned at a community college toward a bachelor’s degree in teacher education. Additionally, in New Jersey a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required for acceptance into a baccalaureate teacher certification program. Course requirements vary by transfer college; it is strongly recommended that students seek advisement each semester from Advising and Counseling Services.
For information about New Jersey teacher certification requirements, visit the Department of Education at www.state.nj.us/education/.
Graduates are able to:
- demonstrate knowledge in a broad general education background as well as a concentration in a specific content area as part of their overall teacher education program
- identify and discuss the historical and philosophical foundations of early childhood education
- observe in classroom settings and demonstrate self-reflection with regard to early childhood education theory
- think critically and communicate effectively, orally and in writing
- demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for the diverse learning needs and preferences of young children
NOTE: Students are encouraged to meet regularly with an Education faculty member or a transfer advisor/counselor to discuss options in their program.
Students intending to major in Art Education, Music Education, or Physical Education upon transfer are strongly encouraged to contact their school of intended transfer for advice as to whether to enroll as an Education major or as an Art, Music or Exercise Science major at RVCC.