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Secondary Education

Northampton Community College's Secondary Education degree program cultivates teachers who inspire positive change for students in grades 7-12. Do you still remember your favorite teacher growing up? Do you hope to one day pass on this inspiration and care to your own students? Through this associate degree program, you will develop knowledge and skills that will enable you to effectively teach every type of learner. Students can even finish most of the curriculum online.

 Earning a 2-year secondary education degree at a community college is a way to discover if teaching is right for you without making the four-year college commitment. Northampton's Secondary Education program leads you to an associate degree within two years, after which you can apply for tutoring and private teaching jobs. If you wish to further your education, NCC's Associate of Arts degree is transferable with more than 100 nearby colleges to receive your bachelor's and teacher certification.

Education Program Requirements

Degree Programs

Semesters: 4
Credits: 62-69
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Campus: Bethlehem|Monroe|PartiallyOnline
Program Type: Associate in Arts

The Secondary Education major is designed for students who intend to teach English, a foreign language, history, social studies, or 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.


Program Information

If you are a Northampton Community College  student living outside of Pennsylvania or intending to complete an internship outside of the state in a NCC program leading to professional licensure, you should review requirements on the state board website to make sure that the program qualifies.

Licensure requirements vary from state to state and you may require additional authorization from the professional licensing agency in that state. Participating in a program from outside of Pennsylvania, if not properly authorized by that state's professional licensing board, could result in loss of licensing eligibility. If you need help or have questions, please contact the Program Director for more information.

The main goal of the NCC Secondary Education associate degree is to help shape effective and compassionate teachers. What's more, the program will prepare you to transfer into a teacher certification program to teach a specific subject (such as English or biology) at the middle and high school levels.  

Students gain experience in public school and young children's classrooms in their very first education course that allow them to develop strategies for teaching students at various levels of cognitive development. Courses include Adolescent Development & Cognition, Introduction to Special Education, and Education for All Students.

If you're a high school graduate or have completed your GED, you're eligible to apply to the Northampton Community College Secondary Education program. If you're looking to change your major, make a different career move, or pull up your grades to attend a four-year institution, you too are eligible. 

Northampton provides an immersive learning environment that combines the resources of a large school with the value of a community college. At our Bethlehem campus, more than 600 units are available for on-campus housing for all students. Contact our  Admissions Office for entry requirements and to learn how NCC can help you with financial aid in the form of federal grants and scholarships.


Career Opportunities

The Secondary Education program is designed for students to transfer into a baccalaureate-level teacher education program to pursue teacher certification. Graduates from our program benefit from a growing job market for educators. In Pennsylvania, there is a demand for teachers in grades 7-12, especially in the sciences. Secondary education is one of the most versatile education programs. You might find yourself in a high-energy middle school classroom, or leading thought-provoking discussions in the high school setting.

Future Career Paths

  • High School Teacher Grades 7-12
  • Teaching-related positions in corporations or other sectors
  • Middle School Teacher Grades 7-8

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