Secondary Education

Education & Academic Success

Degree awarded: Associate in Arts

Program Narrative

The Secondary Education major is designed for students who intend to teach English, a foreign language, history, social studies, or social science, at the high school level.

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.

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.

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.

Program Features

The Secondary Education major provides students with a strong foundation in mathematics, science, language arts, and social sciences. Students start their professional courses with EDUC115 Education for All Students, EDUC260G Adolescent Development and Cognition, and SPED160 Introduction to Special Education. All teachers need to be able to work with special education students, and with students who have limited English proficiency. Northampton's program integrates content related to special education and English language learners (ELL).

Students should determine which subject area they intend to teach in high school, and work with their college advisor to select courses based upon the area of specialization and the institution to which they will transfer to complete the junior and senior years of the bachelor's degree. Students will take a significant number of courses at NCC related to the subject they will teach.

We encourage secondary education majors to start thinking about their transfer institution as soon as possible so courses can be selected that provide a smooth transition from one college to the next.

The Secondary Education major is offered on both the Bethlehem and Monroe campuses. All of the courses for this degree are available in the day time, and many of them are offered through evening courses.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • 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.

Secondary Education

Associate in Arts Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
EDUC 115 Education for All Students 3
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
ENGL 101 English I 3
MATH ______ Mathematics Transfer Elective (QL) + 3
------------------ Social Science Transfer Elective (SSHB) + 3
Second Semester
EDUC 260G Adolescent Development & Cognition (WI) 3
ENGL 151L English II (Literature) 3
MATH______ Mathematics Transfer Elective (QL) + 3
------------------ Transfer Elective + 6
Third Semester
SPED 160 Introduction to Special Education 3
------------------ Science Transfer Elective (SCI) + 4
------------------ Transfer Electives + 9
Fourth Semester
ENGL 215G Multicultural Adolescent Literature (AH) (WI)(D) 3
------------------ Social Science Transfer Elective (SIT) + 3
------------------ Transfer Electives + 9
Total Credits 61

+ 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.