Education
Teachers play a direct role in the life of almost every person and in the development of society as a whole. Shortages of trained educators are anticipated in the near future as many of those currently working in the profession reach retirement age.

Elementary teachers instruct students in basic concepts in several subjects, including mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. They also introduce small children to formal learning in kindergarten.

Secondary teachers usually specialize in teaching one subject to high school students such as English, music, history, mathematics, languages, biology, chemistry, or others. Many secondary teachers spend at least some time teaching outside of their subject area. Duties may also include attending staff meetings, supervising extracurricular activities and meeting with parents.

A minimum of a bachelor's degree plus teaching certification is required to teach in grades kindergarten through 12.

Prospective education students should consult with an education advisor to plan a course of study. At Clark College, students usually complete General Education Requirements within the Associate in Arts degree. A specific course of study should be planned based on the requirements of the senior institution where the student will transfer.


Elementary Education - Transfer to WSU Vancouver (AA)
This pathway is applicable to students planning to prepare for an upper-division elementary education major. This degree is defined specifically for transfer to the WSUV cohort program in elementary education and replaces the AA-DTA/MRP for WSUV transfer in Elementary Education.

Students taking this degree should note that a change in transfer institution might change requirements, and advisors at the transfer institution should be consulted.

The coding for this degree is NOT different that of the standard Elementary Education degree.

Although not required for this degree, students should be advised they must take the WEST-B in order to apply to teacher preparation programs.

Students must also meet the residency requirements as established by Clark. While Clark College has approved offering the degree below, Clark students should keep these requirements in mind should their transfer pathways change.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (10 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills (5 credits required)
MATH 122
MATH FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
5 cr.
and MATH 123
MATH FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
5 cr.
and MATH 124
MATH FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Oral Communications (5 credits required)
 
Humanities (15 credits required)
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING (Fulfills oral communication requirement)
5 cr.
MUSC 106
MUSIC IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (List B)
3 cr.
Other Humanities*
7 cr.
Social Sciences (26-30 credits required)
ECON 101
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS
3 cr.
or ECON&201
MICRO ECONOMICS
5 cr.
or ECON&202
MACRO ECONOMICS
5 cr.
GEOG&100
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
5 cr.
HIST&146
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
5 cr.
or HIST&147
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
5 cr.
or HIST&148
UNITED STATES HISTORY III
5 cr.
POLS 111
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
5 cr.
or POLS 171
SURVEY OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
3 cr.
PSYC&100
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
Natural Sciences (15 credits required)
 
(must include a lab course)
  • 5 credits Biological Science

  • 5 credits Physical Science

  • 5 credits additional Natural Science
Major Area Requirements
EDUC&201
INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION
3 cr.
(Recommended not required)
EDUC 210
INTRODUCTORY FIELD EXPERIENCE
3 cr.
(Recommended not required)
ENGL 105
ENGLISH GRAMMAR
5 cr.
(Strongly Recommended)
* For this degree only, ENGL105 may fulfill a List A Humanities requirement.
Total Required Credits: 90 Minimum
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Information Literacy: Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods.
  • Quantitative I: Perform mathematical calculations without the aid of a calculator.
  • Quantitative II: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions.
  • Health & Physical Education: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences.
  • Power, Privilege, and Inequality: Analyze patterns of power, privilege and inequality.
  • Natural Science I: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems.
  • Natural Science II: Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology.
Elementary Education DTA/MRP - WSUV Pathway (AA)
The Elementary Education MRP degree was discontinued by the state effective in winter quarter 2014. Students pursuing this degree prior to that time will have a two year window to complete their degree, and in accordance with applicable catalog requirements. Students interested in pursuing Elementary Education as a major should contact Advising to discuss appropriate pathways and to develop an educational plan.

Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Information Literacy: Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods.
  • Quantitative I: Perform mathematical calculations without the aid of a calculator.
  • Quantitative II: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions.
  • Health & Physical Education: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences.
  • Power, Privilege, and Inequality: Analyze patterns of power, privilege and inequality.
  • Natural Science I: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems.
  • Natural Science II: Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology.
Elementary Education DTA/MRP (AA)
The Elementary Education MRP degree was discontinued by the state effective in winter quarter 2014. Students pursuing this degree prior to that time will have a two year window to complete their degree, and in accordance with applicable catalog requirements. Students interested in pursuing Elementary Education as a major should contact Advising to discuss appropriate pathways and to develop an educational plan.
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Information Literacy: Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information.
  • Communications: Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods.
  • Quantitative I: Perform mathematical calculations without the aid of a calculator.
  • Quantitative II: Solve quantitative problems and interpret the solutions.
  • Health & Physical Education: Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors.
  • Humanities: Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts.
  • Social Science: Evaluate, analyze and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences.
  • Power, Privilege, and Inequality: Analyze patterns of power, privilege and inequality.
  • Natural Science I: Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems.
  • Natural Science II: Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology.