Programs

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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.

Updated 7/29/16
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.

Students taking this degree should note that a change in transfer institution might change requirements, and advisors at the transfer institution should be consulted. Students are encouraged to visit the WSUV Elementary Education program website for more comprehensive information related to the program admissions requirements, application deadlines and alternative coursework options.

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.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Humanities (15 credits required)
 
CMST&210
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION (OC)
5 cr.
or
CMST&220
PUBLIC SPEAKING (OC)
5 cr.
or
CMST&230
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION (OC)
5 cr.
Social Sciences (15 credits required)
 
GEOG&100
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
5 cr.
or
GEOG&102
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
5 cr.
or
GEOG&200
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
5 cr.
or
GEOG 205
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
5 cr.
or
GEOG&207
ECONOMIC 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.
PSYC&200
LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY
5 cr.
Natural Sciences (18 credits required)
18 cr.
BIOL&100
SURVEY OF BIOLOGY
5 cr.
GEOL&101
INTRO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
5 cr.
CHEM&110
CHEMICAL CONCEPTS W/LAB (recommended)
5 cr.
ASTR&101
INTRO TO ASTRONOMY (recommended)
5 cr.
PHYS&100
PHYSICS NON-SCI MAJORS (recommended)
4 cr.
Program Requirements
MATH 123
MATH FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
5 cr.
MATH 124
MATH FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
5 cr.
POLS 111
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
5 cr.
ECON 101
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS
3 cr.
or
ECON&201
MICRO ECONOMICS
5 cr.
or
ECON&202
MACRO ECONOMICS
5 cr.
Program Electives (if needed to reach 90 credits)
MATH 111
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
5 cr.
HIST&126
WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I
5 cr.
EDUC&201
INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION (recommended)
3 cr.
EDUC 210
INTRODUCTORY FIELD EXPERIENCE (recommended)
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90
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:
  • Communicate with various audiences using a variety of methods. (GE)
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate works and ideas in the Humanities within appropriate global and historical contexts. (GE)
  • Evaluate claims about the natural world using scientific methodology. (GE)
  • Apply fundamental principles and relationships from the Natural Sciences to solve problems. (GE)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative information presented verbally, graphically, numerically, and/or symbolically. (GE)
  • Demonstrate an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)