NCC’s Teacher Education Program Makes the Grade

Heidi Butler
July 22, 2013

Northampton Community College's education program is among the top degree producers in the nation according to a special report in the June 24 issue of Community College Week.

Each year the publication lists the largest associate degree programs in the country in a variety of fields.  This year Northampton is listed as # 42.   

Close to 4000 students have graduated from Northampton Community College's education program since 1967.  Some have gone directly to work in early childhood educationlittle-girl-ARTICLE or as paraeducators or teacher's assistants.  Those who want to teach in public schools transfer to four-year colleges to earn bachelor's degrees.

Northampton offers five areas of specialization for students interested in careers in education:  early childhood education (Infant to Grade 4), middle level education: (Grades 4 to 8), secondary education, secondary education with a concentration in math and science, and special education paraeducator.

A study done by Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. shows that 20% of teachers nationwide begin their postsecondary education at community colleges.

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