Certificate of Achievement in Child Development Associate

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 0204

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate of Completion
Why major in Child Development Associate?

The Child Development Associate certificate program offers three courses that will prepare students to take the national Child Development (CDA) credential exam. The courses provide the theoretical and practical foundation for obtaining a CDA certification, which is necessary for working as a paraprofessional teacher in an early childhood classroom.

If I major in Child Development Associate, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Child Development Associate certificate program is career-oriented and not designed for transfer.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

You must be a high school graduate or possess a GED. You also need to have accumulated (within the past five years) or be in the process of accumulating a total of 480 hours of experience working with children aged birth through five years old in a group setting.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

Depending upon your prior education and work experience, you may complete the certificate of achievement in one year.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the early childhood educational theories and classroom best practices;
  • Identify and implement age-specific activities that enhance the physical and cognitive growth and/or the social and emotional development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers;
  • Describe and demonstrate how to establish a safe, healthy learning environment that includes developing and maintaining positive, productive relationships with families; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate ‘educational/pedagogical’ terminology in written and/or oral form with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology.

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (11 credits)

ECE 101 Early Care and Education I (4 credits)
ECE 102 Early Care and Education II (4 credits)
ECE 103 Early Care and Education Fieldwork (3 credits)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Certificate of Achievement: 11

First Semester
ECE 101 Early Care and Education I (4 credits)

Second Semester
ECE 102 Early Care and Education II (4 credits)
ECE 103 Early Care and Education Fieldwork (3 credits)


 

NOTES:
(1) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Associate in Science in Social Sciences

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 0710

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree
Why major in Social Sciences?

The Social Sciences degree program provides you with a foundation for majoring in areas such as sociology, psychology, pre-law, social work, gerontology, anthropology, counseling, political science, or urban studies at a four-year college or university. The curriculum parallels the first two years at a four-year institution. The program is best suited for those interested in human behavior and in helping individuals and communities.

If I major in Social Sciences, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Yes. The Social Sciences degree curriculum prepares you for transfer to upper-division colleges and universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Students should consult the catalog of the college or university to which they plan to transfer upon graduating from ECC in order to select courses at ECC that they can apply toward a bachelor’s degree in the area of social science they choose.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures and social structures;
  • Identify and explain psycho-social factors that influence human behavior;
  • Recognize and discuss social and political trends within a society;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in conducting formal research (including using appropriate technology to collect and analyze relevant data, using critical thinking skills to analyze content, and communicating effectively with accurate discipline-specific vocabulary) on varied topics within the Social Science disciplines; and
  • Recognize, describe, and/or demonstrate the skills, professional conduct, and ethical behaviors that must be adhered to in Social Service occupations.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (33 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)
Choose one mathematics course and a lab science sequence or two mathematics courses and one lab science course from the following:

Mathematics: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)
AND
Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)
Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)
AND
Choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)

Choose any five additional (non-repeated) Social Science electives – choose any five courses designated ANT, CJI, EDU, POL, PSY, REL, or SOC (five 3-credit courses)

Note: The five Social Science electives should be chosen with the following considerations:

If you plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at a four-year institution, it is recommended that you choose five of the following 3-credit courses as your Social Science electives: PSY 101 General Psychology I, PSY 205 Theories of Personality, PSY 209 Abnormal Psychology, PSY 211 Social Psychology, PSY 219 Child Psychology and Development, and PSY 225 Child and Adolescent Abnormal Psychology.

If you plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at a four-year institution, it is recommended that you choose five of the following 3-credit courses as your Social Science electives: SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology, SOC 108 Social Problems, SOC 203 Racial and Cultural Minorities, SOC 204 Urban Sociology, SOC 205 Sociology of the Black Community in Contemporary America, SOC 206 Social Stratification, and SOC 219 Sociology of the Family.

If you are undecided about which Social Science area you wish to pursue, choose five courses from a single-designated Social Science discipline or choose a combination of five courses from multiple Social Science disciplines. Two of the five courses must be 200-level Social Science courses.

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)

Humanities elective – choose any additional (non-repeated) course designated ARB, ART, CIN, CMS, DAN, DRA, ENG, FRN, HST, JRN, ITL, MUS, PHI, REL, or SPN (a foreign language course or REL 105 are recommended) (one 3-credit course)

Literature elective – choose any additional (non-repeated) 200-level ENG course (one 3-credit course)

History elective – choose the HST course needed to complete the history sequence (one 3-credit course)

Choose any two additional (non-repeated) free electives (foreign language courses, HLT 101, PLS 101 and/or REL 105 are recommended) (two 3-credit courses)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 63

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Free elective (foreign language, HLT 101, or REL 105 are recommended) (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Skills & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)
Social Science elective (3 credits)

Third Semester
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Skills & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)Literature requirement (3 credits)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (3 credits)
Social Science elective (3 credits)
Free elective (foreign language, HLT 101, or REL 105 are recommended) (3 credits)
Historical Perspective elective (to complete the history sequence) (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Skills & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Social Science elective (3 credits)
Social Science elective (3 credits)
Social Science elective (3 credits)
Humanities elective (3 credits)
Literature elective (3 credits)


 
NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Associate in Science in Physical Education

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 0899

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree
Why major in Physical Education?

The Physical Education degree program curriculum parallels the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university. It will also serves as preparation for careers such as the following: teacher of health and physical education, recreation director, private fitness center administrator, and personal trainer/coach.

If I major in Physical Education, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Yes. ECC awards the associate’s degree upon successful completion of all program requirements, then you can complete the next two years at an upper-level institution to obtain a bachelor’s degree in the discipline.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a wide variety of physical skills and techniques of activities;
  • Demonstrate first aid skills and techniques needed in emergency situations;
  • Develop personal, positive philosophies of healthy living and physical education that are consistent with expected professional standards and are based on reflective thinking about their learning;
  • Identify and discuss several career options available to a degreed physical educator; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate ‘fitness and health’ terminology in written and/oral form.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (33 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)
Choose one mathematics course and a lab science sequence or two mathematics courses and one lab science course from the following:

Mathematics: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)
AND
Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)
Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)
AND
Choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (17 - 18 credits)

HLT 101 Healthful Living (3 credits)
PHE 101 Introduction to Physical Education (2 credits)
PHE 115 First Aid and Safety (2 credits)
PHE 119 Concepts in Physical Education (2 credits)
Choose any one additional (non-repeated) Physical Education (PHE) course elective (one 1- or 2-credit course)
Choose any seven Physical Education (PHE) activity course electives (PHE courses) (seven 1-credit courses)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)

BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)

Social Science elective – choose any additional (non-repeated) course designated ANT, CJI, EDU, POL, PSY, REL, or SOC (one 3-credit course)

Literature elective – choose any additional (non-repeated) 200-level ENG course (one 3-credit course)

History elective – choose the HST course needed to complete the history sequence (one 3-credit course)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 62 – 63

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
PHE 101 Introduction to Physical Education (2 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Physical Education (PHE) activity course elective (1 credit)
Physical Education (PHE) activity course elective (1 credit)
Physical Education (PHE) activity course elective (1 credit)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
PHE 119 Concepts in Physical Education (2 credits)
Physical Education (PHE) activity course elective (1 credit)
Physical Education (PHE) activity course elective (1 credit)
Physical Education (PHE) activity course elective (1 credit)

Summer Session
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Humanistic Perspective art or music requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
HLT 101 Healthful Living (3 credits)
Social Science elective (3 credits)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (3 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (3 credits)
Physical Education (PHE) activity course elective (1 credit)

Fourth Semester
PHE 115 First Aid & Safety (2 credits)
BUS 101 Business Organization and Management (3 credits)
Physical Education (PHE) course elective (1 – 2 credits)
Literature elective (3 credits)
History elective (to complete the history sequence) (3 credits)


 
NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 2015

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree
Why major in Paralegal Studies?

The Paralegal Studies degree program is designed to prepare students to work in entry-level positions in a variety of legal settings such as law firms, corporations, government and other entities. A Paralegal typically performs a wide variety of tasks including, but not limited to, interviewing clients, investigating cases, preparing legal documents, performing legal research, writing legal memoranda, and assisting in trials and appeals. In addition to introducing students to the fundamental legal principles, this program develops students’ practical skills to prepare them to work effectively in any legal environment.

If I major in Paralegal Studies, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Yes. The associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies prepares you to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete your bachelor’s degree. ECC’s transfer/articulation agreements with area four-year institutions insure a smooth transfer for our A.S. Paralegal Studies graduates.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 17 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

May I transfer college-level courses into the Paralegal Studies program?

Students may transfer college-level courses as per College Regulation 5:18: Transfer Credit and Evaluations (Section #5). If Enrollment Services Express is unable to evaluate a course for transferability, the student must provide a course description and/or course outline. The Social Sciences Division Chairperson (or the Paralegal Studies Program Coordinator) will determine if the course is comparable to an ECC offering and if credit may be awarded.

Only students transferring from ABA-approved institutions may transfer up to a maximum of 15 credits toward the Paralegal Studies program requirements. The Program Coordinator will evaluate legal specialty courses from ABA-approved institutions on a case-by-case basis. In addition, students who wish to apply credits to the Paralegal Studies Program must also have their course and credits evaluated by the Program Coordinator within six (6) months of entry into Essex County College. This time limitation is necessary for purposes of advisement and to avoid possible course duplication.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Explain the role of a paralegal in today’s legal system;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the American legal system, fundamental legal principles, and the litigation process;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of legal ethics and of the Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.;
  • Proficiently access, locate, and research the law by both traditional and electronic methods;
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical, analytical thinking skills within the context of evaluating legal issues; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate legal terminology in written and/or oral form, with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (33 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)
Choose one mathematics course and a lab science sequence or two mathematics courses and one lab science course from the following:

Mathematics: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
POL 104 (3 credits)
AND
Choose one of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (one 3-credit course)

Humanistic Perspective (6 credits)
Choose one of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (one 3-credit course)
AND
Choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111*, HST 112*, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

Note: HST 111 and HST 112 are recommended.

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)

PLS 101 Introduction to Law for Paralegals (3 credits)
PLS 102 Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 105 Torts (3 credits)
PLS 107 Contracts (3 credits)
PLS 202 Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 204 Business Organization and Government Regulation (3 credits)
PLS 205 Administrative Law (3 credits)
PLS 206 Litigation Procedures (3 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (6 to 9 credits)

ENG 105 (3 credits)

Choose two of the following Legal course electives: PLS 203 Wills and Estate Administration, PLS 210 Property Transactions, PLS 220 Family Law, and/or PLS 225 Law Office Management and Field Experience (two 3-credit courses)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 66

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
PLS 101 Introduction to Law for Paralegals (3 credits)
PLS 105 Torts (3 credits)
POL 104 American Government (3 credits)
Humanistic Perspective art or music requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
PLS 102 Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 107 Contracts (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Summer Session
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (3 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
ENG 105 Technical Writing (3 credits)
PLS 202 Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 206 Litigation Processes (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Legal elective (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
PLS 204 Business Organization and Government Regulation (3 credits)
PLS 205 Administrative Law (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Legal elective (3 credits)

Note: The Paralegal Studies program prepares students to work under the supervision of an attorney. A paralegal shall not engage in the unauthorized practice of law. Only attorneys can provide legal services directly to the public.


 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 3208

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate of Achievement
Why major in Paralegal?

Law firms, corporations, government agencies, title companies, insurance companies, state and federal courts, and other entities are increasingly seeking qualified paralegals to assist with a wide variety of legal tasks. Duties of paralegals typically include conducting interviews, investigations, and legal research; preparing legal documents and memoranda; assisting with clients; and being involved in the daily operations of the law office.

If I major in Paralegal, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Paralegal certificate program is career oriented and not designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, but courses completed in certificate programs may be applied to an associate’s degree program at ECC. Most or all credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associate’s degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. See a Social Sciences Division academic advisor (faculty member) for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

This certificate program is only open to individuals who have already earned an A.A., A.S., B.A., B.S., or graduate degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited institution and have completed 18 or more general education credits in the following areas: 1) Written & Oral Communications; 2) Society & Human Behavior; 3) Quantitative Knowledge & Skills; 4) Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning; 5)Humanistic Perspective; and 6) Historical Perspective*  as required by Essex County College.

May I transfer paralegal courses from another college into the Paralegal Certificate Program?

Pursuant to College Regulation 5:18: Transfer Credit and Evaluations (Section #5), students may transfer up to 9 legal specialty courses from an ABA-approved institution into the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. Upon matriculating to Essex County College, students seeking to transfer paralegal courses must submit all academic transcripts to Enrollment Services Express to determine whether they have successfully completed (with a minimum grade of “C” or better) the 18 or more general education credits required by Essex County College. Subsequently, Enrollment Services Express will forward the transcripts to the Paralegal Program Coordinator to review the legal specialty courses to determine whether students earned (at a minimum) a grade of “C” or better and to determine the modality of the courses considered for transfer. In addition, students desiring to apply legal specialty course credits to the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program must also have their legal specialty course credits evaluated by the Paralegal Program Coordinator during the semester in which they matriculate to the College.

If Enrollment Services Express determines that my transcript reflects any deficiencies in the required General Education credits, how can I address this issue?

In case Enrollment Services Express determines that the student’s transcript is deficient in the required 18 General Education credits, the student must complete all required 18 General Education credits (with a minimum grade of “C” or better) in the following areas: 1) Written & Oral Communications; 2) Society & Human Behavior; 3) Quantitative Knowledge & Skills; 4) Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning; 5)Humanistic Perspective; and 6) Historical Perspective. Enrollment Services Express will not certify a student for enrollment in the Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal until all required General Education credits are successfully completed.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

Depending upon when you matriculate to Essex County College, you can complete the Certificate of Achievement in Paralegal in one year by taking three to four courses.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Explain the role of a paralegal in today’s legal system;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the American legal system, fundamental legal principles, and the litigation process;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of legal ethics and of the Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.;
  • Proficiently access, locate, and research the law by both traditional and electronic methods;
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical, analytical thinking skills within the context of evaluating legal issues; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate legal terminology in written and/or oral form, with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology.

NOTE: To enter this certificate of achievement program, you must possess at least an associate’s degree (in any discipline) and be able to demonstrate that you have met the general education requirements of Essex County College by completing 18 or more general education credits.

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)

PLS 101 Introduction to Law for Paralegals (3 credits)
PLS 102 Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 105 Torts (3 credits)
PLS 107 Contracts (3 credits)
PLS 202 Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 205 Administrative Law (3 credits)
PLS 206 Litigation Procedures (3 credits)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES:

Total Credits Required for Certificate of Achievement: 21

First Semester
PLS 101 Introduction to Law for Paralegals (3 credits)
PLS 102 Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 105 Torts (3 credits)

Second Semester
PLS 107 Contracts (3 credits)
PLS 206 Litigation Procedures (3 credits)

Third Semester
PLS 202 Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 205 Administrative Law (3 credits)


 

NOTE:
(1) The Paralegal Certificate of Completion program prepares students to work under the supervision of an attorney. A paralegal shall not engage in the unauthorized practice of law. Only attorneys can provide legal services directly to the public.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Associate in Applied Science in Human and Social Services

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 2202

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree
Why major in Human and Social Services?

The Human and Social Services degree program provides students with the opportunity to obtain a broad-based education in preparation for a wide variety of jobs such as the following: clergy counselor, social services case aide, addiction counselor, youth services worker, gerontology worker, family services worker, crisis counselor, and mental health worker. While students majoring in Human and Social Services do not have to choose a concentration, this program does allow for the selection of various options including this degree. After earning this degree, students may begin a career that permits the satisfaction of helping individuals and communities.

To begin a career where you have the satisfaction of helping individuals and communities.

If I major in Human and Social Services, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

This program is designed for immediate employment. However, four-year institutions will apply most or all of the courses earned in the associate’s degree program toward a bachelor’s degree on their program requirements. Consult a Social Sciences academic advisor (faculty member) to obtain information about transferability. Students pursuing the Clergy Counselor option are, upon graduation, accepted into the Religious Studies online bachelor’s degree program at Hampton University.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in mathematics, English and/or reading before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 17 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years.  You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structure, policies, procedures, purposes, and offerings of the agencies and institutions that provide human and social services to individuals, families, groups, and communities;
  • Describe, explain, and analyze the scope, importance, and components of ethical and professional standards and the moral values that guide professional practice and service providers;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical approaches of various levels of practice in social work, addictions and mental health counseling and treatment;
  • Discuss, examine, and demonstrate clinical skills (including but not limited to case conceptualization, hypothesis building, and therapeutic techniques and effective communication skills used to engage diverse client populations in the helping process in order to facilitate positive behavioral changes; and
  • Explain the psychological impact of diverse religious and cultural beliefs upon the helping relationship.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (22 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (4 credits)
Choose one of the following mathematics or lab science courses: MTH 101, MTH 103; BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 121, or BIO 122 (MTH 101 or BIO 102 are recommended) (one 4-credit course)

Society & Human Behavior (9 credits)
PSY 101 (3 credits)
AND
Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137, HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (33 credits)

PSY 209 Abnormal Psychology or PSY 225 Child and Adolescent Abnormal Psychology (one 3-credit course)
PSY 250 Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (3 credits)
PSY 251 Counseling and Treatment of Addictions (3 credits)
SOC 111 Helper Theory (3 credits)
SOC 121 Social Services Policies and Procedures (3 credits)
SOC 207 Understanding Death and Dying (3 credits)
SOC 228 Human and Social Services Fieldwork I (3 credits)
SOC 229 Human and Social Services Internship Seminar I (3 credits)
SOC 230 Human and Social Services Fieldwork II (3 credits)
SOC 231 Human and Social Services Internship Seminar II (3 credits)
SOC 250 Alcohol and Drug Use in American Society (3 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)

Choose any one additional (non-repeated) free elective* (one 3-credit course)

Social Science electives** – choose three of the following courses based on chosen concentration option (see note below): CJI 211 Counseling the Addicted Offender; PSY 210 Group Dynamics, PSY 219 Child Psychology and Development, PSY 232 Human Sexuality; REL 101 Hebrew and Christian Thought, REL 105 Comparative Religion; SOC 108 Social Problems, SOC 153 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention and Education, SOC 201 Social Gerontology, and/or SOC 252 Case Management of Addictions (three 3-credit courses)

*Note: CIS 107 Computer Literacy, HLT 101 Healthful Living, MTH 101 Statistics and Probability I, or SPN 100 Practical Spanish are recommended
 
**Note: In acknowledging the distinctive and specialized education and training that social workers, addiction counselors, clergy counselors, and mental health counselors obtain to provide a broad array of mental health and rehabilitative services, the Human and Social Services degree program has established several concentration options. The choice of Social Science electives depends on the chosen option. Students in the social work option should choose SOC 108, SOC 201, and any other course listed. Students in the addictions counseling option should choose CJI 211, SOC 153, and SOC 252. Students in the mental health option should select PSY 210, PSY 219, and PSY 232. Students in the clergy counselor option should select REL 101, REL 105, and any other course listed.Additional Note: Educational requirements for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in New Jersey are met by taking CJI 211, PSY 251, SOC 153, SOC 250, SOC 252, SOC 228/229, and SOC 230/231.

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 67

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
PSY 101 General Psychology (3 credits)
SOC 111 Helper Theory (3 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Free elective (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
PSY 209 Abnormal Psychology OR PSY 225 Child and Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)
SOC 121 Social Services Policies and Procedures (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (3 credits)

Summer Semester
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Social Sciences elective (3 credits)

Third Semester
SOC 207 Understanding Death and Dying (3 credits)
SOC 228 Human and Social Services Fieldwork I (3 credits)
SOC 229 Human and Social Services Internship Seminar I (3 credits)
(Note: SOC 228 and SOC 229 must be taken together)
Social Science elective (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
PSY 251 Counseling and Treatment of Addictions (3 credits)
SOC 230 Human and Social Services Fieldwork II (3 credits)
SOC 231 Human and Social Services Internship Seminar II (3 credits)
(Note: SOC 230 and SOC 231 must be taken together)
SOC 250 Alcohol and Drug Use in American Society (3 credits)
Social Science elective (3 credits)


 

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Associate in Arts in Education

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 0206

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree
Why major in Education?

The Education degree program is designed for students interested in pursuing a teaching career in a public, private, or parochial setting. It provides students with the tools and information to become a professional teacher. The program is designed to meet the academic standards and various challenges of teaching in today’s society.

If I major in Education, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Yes. ECC’s transfer/articulation agreements with area four-year colleges and universities will allow students in this associate’s degree program to transfer to appropriate bachelor’s degree programs.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

After completing this A.A. in Education degree program at ECC, how do I secure my teaching certificate?

You need to meet the following requirements for certification as a teacher, as mandated by the state of New Jersey:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university;
  • Achieve a baccalaureate grade point average of at least a 3.00 (when i.e., 4.00 equals an “A” grade);
  • Pass the Praxis examination; and
  • Complete student teaching requirements in a public school setting through an accredited four-year college/university.
Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of educational theories and classroom best practices;
  • Recognize and explain the political, social, and cultural factors within society that impact the American education system;
  • Identify characteristics of and discuss the role of a culturally responsive teacher;
  • Develop a personal philosophy of teaching that is consistent with expected professional and ethical standards and is based on reflective thinking about their learning and professional practice; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate ‘educational/pedagogical’ terminology in written and/or oral form with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (45 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)
ENG 109 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)
Choose one mathematics course and a lab science sequence or two mathematics courses and one lab science course from the following:
Mathematics: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)
AND
Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
PSY 101 (3 credits)
AND
Choose one of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 102; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (one 3-credit course)

Humanistic Perspective (9 credits)
Choose two of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (two 3-credit courses)
AND
Choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109, or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (6 credits)
Choose one of the following history sequences: HST 101 – HST 102, HST 111 – HST 112, HST 121 – HST 122, HST 131 – HST 132, HST 134 – HST 135, HST 136 – HST 137, or HST 161 – HST 162 (two 3-credit courses)

Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity (3 credits)
Choose one additional (non-repeated) course from the following: ANT 101, ANT 105; ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 200; CIN 103; ENG 205, ENG 215, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 263, ENG 264; HST 121, HST 122, HST 137; MUS 117; PSY 232; REL 105; SOC 108, SOC 205, or SOC 207 (one 3-credit course)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)

EDU 101 Introduction to Education (3 credits)
PSY 219 Child Psychology and Development (3 credits)
Choose any two Education (EDU) course electives (two 3-credit courses)
Choose any two free electives (two 3-credit courses)

Note: PSY 220 Educational PSY 220 Educational Psychology and HLT 101 Healthful Living are strongly recommended.

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 63

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
EDU 101 Introduction to Education (3 credits)
PSY 101 General Psychology I (3 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Humanistic Perspective art or music requirement (3 credits)
Historical Perspective requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
ENG 109 Effective Speech (3 credits)
PSY 219 Child Psychology and Development (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity requirement (3 credits)
Free elective (one 3-credit course)
Free elective (one 3-credit course)

Fourth Semester
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or lab science requirement (4 credits)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (one 3-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (one 3-credit course)
Education elective (3 credits)
Education elective (3 credits)


NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Certificate of Achievement in Nurse Paralegal

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 3210

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Certificate of Completion
Why major in Nurse Paralegal?

Corporations, law firms, insurance companies, HMOs, risk management groups, government agencies, and hospitals are seeking qualified personnel trained in medicine and the law. This program offers paralegal education and training to nurses who are RNs and wish to be involved in the legal profession as legal nurse consultants or nurse paralegals.

If I major in Nurse Paralegal, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Nurse Paralegal certificate program is career-oriented and not designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, however courses earned upon program completion may be applied to an associate’s degree program at ECC. Most or all credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associate’s degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. See a Social Sciences Division academic advisor (faculty member) for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

This certificate program is open to registered nurses with an associate’s degree who have at least two years of nursing experience. Diploma school nurses must also have two years of nursing experience and may be admitted to this certificate of achievement program upon review of transcripts.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

You may complete the certificate of achievement on a part-time basis in three semesters by registering for an average of 7 credits each semester.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
    • Explain the history, evolution, and current role of a nurse paralegal in the legal environment;
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the American legal system, substantive legal principles, and the litigation process;
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of medical/legal ethics and of the Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.;
    • Proficiently access, locate, and research the law by both traditional and electronic methods;
    • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical, analytical thinking skills within the context of evaluating legal issues; and
    • Communicate effectively with accurate legal terminology in written and/or oral form, with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology.

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)

PLS 102 Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 105 Torts (3 credits)
PLS 108 Introduction to Nurse Paralegalism (3 credits)
PLS 202 Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 205 Administrative Law (3 credits)
PLS 206 Litigation Procedures (3 credits)
PLS 211 Medical Legal Ethics (3 credits)

Note: To enter this program, you need at least an associate's degree in Nursing, and you must also be able to demonstrate that you have met the general education requirements of Essex County College. In addition, you must show evidence of at least two years of nursing experience.

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Certificate of Achievement: 21

First Semester
PLS 102 Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 105 Torts (3 credits)
PLS 108 Introduction to Nurse Paralegalism (3 credits)

Second Semester
PLS 202 Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3 credits)
PLS 205 Administrative Law (3 credits)

Third Semester
PLS 206 Litigation Procedures (3 credits)
PLS 211 Medical Legal Ethics (3 credits)

ADDITIONAL NOTE

The Nurse Paralegal program prepares students to work under the supervision of an attorney. A paralegal shall not engage in the unauthorized practice of law. Only attorneys can provide legal services directly to the public.


 

NOTE: This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Academic Certificate in Massage Therapy

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 6013

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate
Why major in Massage Therapy?

Massage therapists find their work helping others personally satisfying and professionally rewarding. Massage involves using manual techniques and adjunctive therapies to relieve the effects of stress, ease tension, and promote health and well-being. A growing body of research on massage verifies its benefits. The field is rapidly growing and many massage therapists choose to specialize in particular areas such as sports massage, medical massage, pregnancy massage, or relation therapy. Professional growth occurs continuously through the broadening and deepening of manual skills. Employment is available in a variety of setting including massage offices, medical offices, health clubs, and spas. Massage therapists work in conjunction with health care professionals, making referrals as appropriate in response to clients’ needs.
 
Please note that this Massage Therapy program is currently applying for curriculum endorsement from the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).

If I major in Massage Therapy, can I transfer to an upper division college or university?

The Massage Therapy certificate program is career oriented and not designed for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. However, credits earned in this program can be applied toward the associate’s degree in Health Science at ECC. Other colleges and universities will apply most or all of the courses successfully completed in this program toward a bachelor’s degree depending on program requirements.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. In addition, a massage session with a professional massage therapist is strongly recommended prior to taking major courses in this program.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 12 credits each semester, you should be able to complete this academic certificate in three semesters.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history and philosophy of massage therapy, as well as a wide variety of massage therapy techniques;
  • Develop a positive philosophy of the business of massage therapy that is consistent with professional standards prescribed by licensing bodies and ethical standards presented by state and national professional associations;
  • Develop personal, positive philosophies of healthy living and self-care that are consistent with expected professional standards and are based on reflective thinking about their learning; and
  • Identify and discuss several career options available to a certified massage therapist.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (7 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (3 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (4 credits)
BIO 121 (4 credits)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (28 credits)

BIO 122 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
HSC 109 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
HSC 151 Massage Therapy & Practice I (4 credits)
HSC 152 Massage Therapy & Practice II (2 credits)
HSC 153 Massage Therapy & Practice III (4 credits)
HSC 155 Professional Development in Massage Therapy I (2 credits)
HSC 156 Professional Development in Massage Therapy II (3 credits)
HSC 160 Massage Therapist Practicum I (2 credits)
HSC 161 Massage Therapist Practicum II (3 credits)
HSC 165 Self-Care for the Massage Therapist (1 credit)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate 35

First Semester
BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits)
HSC 109 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
HSC 151 Massage Therapy & Practice I (4 credits)
HSC 155 Professional Development in Massage Therapy I (2 credits)
HSC 165 Self-Care for the Massage Therapist (1 credit)

Second Semester
BIO 122 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
HSC 152 Massage Therapy & Practice II (2 credits)
HSC 156 Professional Development in Massage Therapy II (3 credits)
HSC 160 Massage Therapist Practicum I (2 credits)

Third Semester
HSC 153 Massage Therapy & Practice III (4 credits)
HSC 161 Massage Therapist Practicum II (3 credits)


 
NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

Academic Certificate in Legal Secretary

Division of Social Sciences — Curriculum Code: 3209

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate
Why major in Legal Secretary?

This academic certificate program prepares students for employment opportunities as legal secretaries in law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, banks, legal aid societies, and federal and state courts. The program teaches students basic legal principles, legal terminology, and business writing and provides a broad background in legal office management. Students also develop skills in clerical, technical, and administrative areas.

If I major in Legal Secretary, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Legal Secretary certificate program is career-oriented. Courses completed as part of this academic certificate program can be applied toward associate’s degree programs at ECC. Most or all credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associate’s degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. See a Social Sciences Division academic advisor (faculty member) for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 11 credits each semester, you may complete the academic certificate of completion in three semesters.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3250.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Explain the role of a paralegal and a legal secretary in today’s legal system and in a legal organization;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the American legal system and the fundamentals of the litigation process;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of legal ethics and of the Model Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Guidelines for Enforcement of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.;
  • Demonstrate competent, proficient and professional performance of a variety of administrative and clerical responsibilities, including client contact, that are necessary to function successfully in a legal organization;
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical, analytical thinking skills; and
  • Communicate effectively with accurate legal terminology in written and/or oral form with a demonstrated proficiency in the use of technology.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)

Written & Oral Communications (3 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)

Technological Competency (3 credits)
CIS 131 (3 credits)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (33 credits)

CIS 152 Internet Concepts (3 credits)
OCT 106 Keyboarding and Formatting I (3 credits)
OCT 107 Document Publication and Design (3 credits)
OCT 121 Business Communications (3 credits)
OCT 215 Specialized Machine Transcription (3 credits)
OCT 230 Legal Office Procedures (3 credits)
OCT 250 Word/Information Processing Applications I (3 credits)
OCT 251 Word/Information Processing Applications II (3 credits)
PLS 101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3 credits)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 33

First Semester
CIS 131 Microcomputers in Business (3 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
OCT 106 Keyboarding and Formatting I (3 credits)
PLS 101 Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3 credits)

Second Semester
CIS 152 Internet Concepts (3 credits)
OCT 107 Document Publication and Design (3 credits)
OCT 121 Business Communications (3 credits)
OCT 250 Word/Information Processing Applications I (3 credits)

Third Semester
OCT 215 Specialized Machine Transcription (3 credits)
OCT 230 Legal Office Procedures (3 credits)
OCT 251 Word/Information Processing Applications II (3 credits)


 

NOTE:
(1) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.