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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education: P-12, Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in Education Program is designed for students interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Elementary Education with a Middle School Endorsement, and/or Secondary Education after transferring to a four-year college or university program. This program allows students to move into P-3, K-6, K-6 with 5-8 endorsement, and/or K-12 certification programs to become fully certified teachers or to seek employment as paraprofessionals upon completion.

All students considering Education as a major at RVCC and beyond must meet with an advisor before or during their first semester and every semester thereafter to ensure appropriate course selection for transfer. All students entering an Education major in a Bachelor’s degree program will be required to declare a second academic major. With appropriate advisement, some courses for the second major may be completed at RVCC to increase the number of credits that may transfer to the intended four-year college or university.
Additionally, all Teacher Candidates, or Education majors, in the state of New Jersey, must successfully pass the Praxis Core tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics prior to the start of their Professional Methods courses.  It is advised that RVCC Education majors take the exam while pursuing their Associate’s degrees to expedite the transfer process.  For more information on the Praxis Series of tests, visit  All Teacher Candidates in the state of New Jersey are required to maintain a GPA of B+ or better.  For more information on the certification process and testing and/or GPA requirements, visit .

Graduates are able to:

  •    demonstrate knowledge in a broad general education background and a concentration in a specific content area as part of their overall Teacher Education program.

  •    identify and discuss the historical and philosophical foundations of education.

  •    observe in classroom settings and engage in self-reflection with regard to education theory.

  •    think critically and communicate effectively through oral and written expression.

  •    demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for the diverse learning needs and preferences of children and adolescents.

Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree  programs are designed to comply with the New Jersey Community Colleges General Education Foundation which supports transfer of courses to NJ Public four-year colleges and universities.  Students who intend to transfer to a NJ college or university can further improve the transfer of courses by using the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) feature in

NOTE: Students considering transfer to Rutgers University should choose a Global & Cultural Awareness (GCA) General Education course not replicated elsewhere in their curriculum.  Students who have already fulfilled the GCA requirement for their Associates of Arts (AA) degree should select an additional Social Sciences or Humanities General Education elective.


Curriculum - A.A. Degree

Credits 13-14

Credits 47

Total Credits 60-61

1 Mathematics by official placement test.  Students may choose a higher level of Math in discussion with an advisor/counselor and/or Education faculty.

2 Choose from the following History course sequences:  HIST 101 World Civilization I  and HIST 102 World Civilization II  OR HIST 201 US History: Beginnings to 1877  and HIST 202 US History: 1877 to Present  .  Students interested in P-3 and/or K-6 certificates should consider HIST 201 US History: Beginnings to 1877  and HIST 202 US History: 1877 to Present  .

3 Students interested in P-3 and/or K-6 certificates should consider PSYC 213 Educational Psychology  or PSYC 216 Child Psychology  .  Students interested in K-6 with 5-8 endorsement and/or K-12 certificates should consider PSYC 213 Educational Psychology  or PSYC 229 Adolescent Psychology  .

4 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education   list .

5 Students are encouraged to select courses in the content area that they intend to double major in upon transfer.  It is recommended that students who intend to teach in bilingual/bicultural and/or Foreign Language settings consider a World Language as their elective credit to enhance their global and cultural awareness as prospective educators.

6 If a student passes the Technological Competency test, then he/she can substitute a Free Elective.