Students intending to prepare to become teachers of children from infancy through twelfth grade may start their educational preparation at Northampton Community College. NCC offers five distinct degree programs that will prepare students for a variety of teaching positions in settings such as public schools, parochial and private schools, as well as childcare centers and Head Start programs. Our degree programs are:
- Early Childhood Education: Infant to Grade 4, AAS
- Middle Level Education: Grades 4 to 8, AA
- Secondary Education, AA
- Secondary Education: Math & Science, AS
- Special Education Paraeducator, AAS
The information presented below answers some questions students frequently ask when thinking about a career in education.
Are you not sure which level or grade you want to teach?
Many students that come to NCC interested in teaching as a career are unsure of which grades they would be best suited to teach. Such students should take EDUC115 Education for All Students, a course which explores all grade levels, including pre-kindergarten through high school teaching. EDUC115 gives students real world experience through observations in the schools, which often helps students to determine which level of teaching is best for them.
Are you sure that you want to teach young children, Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 4 and/or aged infancy to age 9 in child care or Head Start?
Students who are sure that they want to work with younger students up to Grade 4 may enter directly into the Early Childhood Education: Infant to Grade 4, associate in applied science degree program. The Early Childhood Education program provides extensive opportunities to observe and work with young children during your time at NCC. Upon graduation from NCC students have two choices: immediately obtain a teaching position in a child care center or at a Head Start program, or, transfer to a bachelor's degree program at a college or university to complete the requirements for teacher certification.
Do you have a subject area that you think you want to teach?
Students that think they may want to teach a subject or content area (mathematics, science, English, social studies, etc) may consider teaching at either the middle school or high school level.
The Middle School Grades 4 to 8 certification is new to Pennsylvania. Middle level certification will allow teachers to teach the last two grades of elementary school (grades 4 and 5) and all grades of middle school. The Middle Level Education: Grades 4 to 8 NCC degree gives students a strong foundation in mathematics, science, language arts, and social science. Students then transfer to a bachelor's degree program at college or university to complete the requirements for teacher certification.
Students intending to become high school teachers should select either the NCC degree in Secondary Education (for those that want to teach English, history, foreign language, or social studies), or, the Secondary Education: Math & Science degree. After graduation from NCC students then transfer to a bachelor's degree program at college or university to complete the requirements for teacher certification.
What teaching positions could I obtain with an associate degree from NCC?
Students who wish to enter directly into a job after completing an associate degree from NCC have several options. The Early Childhood Education: Infant to Grade 4 prepares students to work in childcare centers and Head Start programs.
NCC also offers the gateway to a career as a paraeducator or teacher assistants through the Special Education Paraeducator degree. For students who wish to help classroom teachers, the position of teacher assistant offers another opportunity to work in schools.
Students who have completed the Middle Level Education: Grades 4-8, the Secondary Education, or the Secondary Education: Math & Science associate in science degree may also gain employment as teacher assistants.
Northampton offers a wide range of programs for students intending to make teaching a career.