Associate of 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?

This program is designed for students interested in pursuing a teaching career in education 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 challenge of teaching in today’s society.

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

ECC’s transfer/articulation agreements with area four-year colleges and universities will allow students in this A.A. program to transfer to appropriate baccalaureate 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 course work 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 by taking courses in the summer sessions.

After completing this A.A. 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 2.75 when 4.0 equals an “A” grade;
  • Pass the Praxis examination; and
  • Complete student teaching 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.



(45 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)

ENG 101, ENG 102, and ENG 109 (three 3-credit courses)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills/Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)

Choose one math course and a lab science sequence or two math courses and one lab science course from the following:

Math: 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)

PSY 101 (one 3-credit course)

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)


(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 two free electives (two 3-credit 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)
History requirement (3 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
Art or music requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)

Third Semester
ENG 109 Effective Speech (3 credits)
PSY 219 Child Psychology and Development (3 credits)
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Diversity requirement (3 credits)
Free elective (PSY 220 Educational Psychology is recommended) (3 credits)
Free elective (HLT 101 Healthful Living is recommended) (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
Math/Lab Science requirement (4 credits)
Literature requirement (ENG 205 The Western Literary Tradition is recommended) (3 credits)
Literature requirement (ENG 215 Modern Literary Masterpieces is recommended) (3 credits)
Education elective (3 credits)
Education elective (3 credits)


(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, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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