Secondary Education, Associate in Arts


Program Narrative

The Secondary Education major is designed for students who intend to teach Math, Science, English, a foreign language, history, social studies, or social science, at the high school level. The College offers the first two years of the baccalaureate degree program. Completion of the Associate in Arts Degree with a major in Secondary Education allows for a smooth transition to a four-year institution. At the transfer institution students will take advanced courses leading to a degree and certification for grades 7 through 12. 

The need for dedicated, caring, and highly skilled teachers in our nation's schools is greater than ever before. Northampton is committed to providing an excellent foundation for students preparing to major in secondary education when they transfer to a four-year college or university.

Students interested in becoming an art teacher should refer to the Individualized Transfer Studies major which is the pathway from NCC to Kutztown University for art education.

Transfer Information

This AA in Secondary Education provides a pathway to transfer to a four-year college or university where students can earn a baccalaureate degree and apply for their teacher licensure. Students are strongly encouraged to select a transfer destination as soon as possible. Students should consult with their chosen transfer institution regarding recommended courses that will transfer and be applied to their baccalaureate degree program. These are some of the places NCC students transfer frequently to, though students may transfer to a wide variety of institutions.

  • East Stroudsburg University 
  • Kutztown University 
  • Bloomsburg University 
  • Moravian College 
  • DeSales University 
  • Cedar Crest College 

Career Information

NCC's associate degree program focuses on hands-on experiences and ongoing field-work, allowing students to get excited about their future from the start. The associate degree transfers smoothly into a baccalaureate level secondary education teacher certification program. Most, but not all, of the courses can be completed online.

Program Entry Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that all students participating in field experiences must provide the documentation listed below:

  • FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114) 
  • PA State Police Criminal Record Check (Act 34) 
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151) 
  • Mandated and Permissive Reporting in PA Online Training (Act 31) 
  • Medical Marijuana Policy Form
  • Arrest/ Convict ion Report and Certification Form (Act 24) 
  • TB (Tuberculin) skin test 

NOTE: Students must obtain all background clearances and other documentation in order to do the field work component of each education course – the field work in schools is integral to success in these courses.



Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all education courses.




Program Outcomes:

• Explain the philosophy of secondary education and its grounding in the social, philosophical, and historical foundations of education.

• Describe the range of cognitive and developmental differences of all adolescents and the implications of these differences for teaching and learning.

• Identify and apply strategies that provide adolescent students with appropriate skills in making the transition from middle-level to high school, and then to full adult citizenship.

• Explain the historical, legal, and philosophical frameworks of special education to describe current trends, evidence-based practices, and resources relevant to the education of children with exceptionalities.

• Summarize the process of acquiring multiple languages and literacy skills, and the sociocultural characteristics of English Language Learners.

• Practice being a positive role model and tutor to adolescent students by upholding high professional standards in the school setting during 40 hours of early field experience.


First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

Transfer Elective +

3/4 credits

CMTH102Introduction to Communication

3 credits

ENGL101English I

3 credits

EDUC115Education for All Students

3 credits

MATHMathematics Elective (QL)

3/4 credits

Total Credit Hours:16-18

Second Semester

EDUC260GAdolescent Development & Cognition

3 credits

MATHMathematics Elective (QL)

3/4 credits

ENGL151LEnglish II

3 credits

Science Elective (SCI)

4 credits

General Education Elective (SSHB)

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Third Semester

SPEC160Introduction to Special Education

3 credits

General Education Elective (SIT)

3 credits

Transfer Elective +

9/12 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-18

Fourth Semester

ENGL215GMulticultural Adolescent Literature

3 credits

Transfer Elective +

12/13 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Total Credit Hours: 62-69

  • Computer competencies are included in various courses in the program.

+ Transfer Electives must be selected with the advice of an academic advisor so that courses will transfer to the student's intended teacher certification program and correspond to the area of subject content the student will teach at the high school level.