|Department Chair (Education):||Janis Perry|
Students planning to teach in the elementary and secondary schools may begin preparation at Santiago Canyon College. The college offers programs of study which fulfill lower-division requirements for most university teacher credential programs.
Liberal Studies and Child Development are the two most common university majors of students who are planning to enter teacher preparation programs for an elementary teaching credential. However, any transfer major leading to a bachelor's degree will fulfill admission requirements for teacher credential programs. Students should work with an SCC Counselor to assist them in choosing general education courses that will support their subject matter competency. Some universities offer students the option of obtaining a bachelor's degree and a credential simultaneously. These types of programs are called "integrated" teaching programs and are best for students who have decided early to pursue a teaching credential. Planning for this type of program involves specific courses for the major and general education. Students are advised to work with an SCC counselor to plan this course of study.
Santiago Canyon College offers an elementary education degree, shown below, that has been designed to assist students in meeting the course requirements for most transfer elementary teaching programs and prepares them for California subject matter requirements. Santiago Canyon College also offers two courses, Counseling 118, Self-Exploration and the Teaching Profession and Education 110, The Teaching Experience: Exploration that have been developed to assist students in making career decisions related to teaching, inform students about the process of entering the profession and/or to investigate alternate career choices.
The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for transfer to a California State University traditional or integrated teacher preparation program, most commonly found in the Liberal Studies major. It incorporates the elementary subject matter competence requirements as established by the California Teacher Credentialing Commission. The AA-T degree program requirements and the recommended electives prepare students in content areas for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) of Multiple Subjects. Additionally, the degree curriculum may also serve as preparation for paraprofessional positions in the K-12 classroom, meeting unit requirements for paraprofessionals as established by the No Child Left Behind Act.
- California State University campuses have preferences on which List C courses should be chosen.
- California State University Fullerton prefers one of the following: ANTH 104 or ENGL 270 or ENGL 231, 232, 241, or 242
- California State University Long Beach prefers these courses: ETHN 101, EDUC 204, and PHIL 106 or 108 or 112.
- At SCC, MATH 105 is a prerequisite to MATH 203 and may reduce the number of elective units in List C to 5 units.
The Associate in Arts in Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for seamless transfer to a California State University traditional or integrated teacher preparation program, most commonly found in the Liberal Studies major. It incorporates the elementary subject matter competence requirements as established by the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing. The AA-T degree program requirements and the recommended electives prepare students in content areas for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) of Multiple Subjects. Additionally, the degree curriculum may also serve as preparation for paraprofessional positions in the K-12 classroom and other educational programs.
For those students following transfer patterns for elementary education programs the following general education electives are recommended to meet content area knowledge for the CSET. They may also be used to meet certain categories of the general education requirements for students not transferring and completing Plan A for the associate's degree: COMM 110, ENGL 103, MATH 105, HIST 101, HIST 120, POLT 101, GEOG 100, HIST 133, ANTH 104; and ART 100, DNCE 100 or MUS 101 or THEA 100; and ENGL 231, 232, 241, 242, 271 or 272.
Suggested Secondary Teaching Emphasis
Teaching at the secondary level (high school and middle school) requires a single subject credential. Students major in the subject they plan to teach and pass a subject matter competency exam or complete a state approved list of courses in the discipline. Students are advised to work with an SCC counselor to plan this course of study. EDUC 204 and EDUC 210, offered at SCC, are recommended prerequisites for secondary credential programs.
The Certificate of Proficiency in After School Program Assistant is intended to prepare a student for an entry-level position requiring practical skills and knowledge to work with children in an after-school care, tutoring, or mentoring program. Completion of this certificate leads to state certification for a School Age Assistant Permit.
The Certificate of Proficiency in After School Program Associate Teacher is intended to provide students with advanced skills necessary to work with K-12 students in an after-school setting, provide tutoring/homework assistance, and assist in academic enrichment programs. In combination with the completion of the SCC After School Program Assistant Certificate, this certificate of completion leads to state certification for the School Age Associate Teacher Permit.
The Certificate of Proficiency in Special Education Paraprofessional will prepare the student for an entry-level position requiring practical skills and knowledge to work with persons with disabilities in a variety of educational settings. This certificate program also supports the requirements of federal legislation that all paraprofessionals/ instructional assistants/aides in Title I schools be "highly qualified". In addition, the courses introduce the student to career opportunities in special education or other disability related fields and/or provide major preparation for transfer to four-year institutions to continue a course of study in special education.
Students planning to transfer to CSU Fullerton's Human Services major—Person's with Disabilities Track will receive up to 17 units of credit toward the major if they have satisfactorily completed the requirements for this certificate.