Secondary Education @NCC

Who was your favorite high school teacher?  Chances are, it is a person who believed in you, inspired you and helped direct your energy into positive directions. The best teachers leave their mark on us long after we've left their classroom.  If you are ready to transform and shape the lives of students in grades 7-12, NCC's Secondary Education program is for you!

You will develop knowledge and skills that will enable you to effectively teach every type of learner.  The Secondary Education program will prepare you to transfer into a teacher certification program to teach a specific subject (such as English or biology) at the high school level. Students gain experience in public school and young children's classrooms in the very first education course.

NCC's Secondary Education Program Details

Studying secondary education 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 has transfer agreements with more than 100 nearby colleges to receive your bachelor's and teacher certification.

Program Goals of Secondary Education

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?

The main goal of the NCC Secondary Education associate degree program is to help shape effective and compassionate teachers. You will be able to develop strategies for teaching students at various levels of cognitive development.

NCC is unique among community college secondary education degree programs because our courses integrate content related to special education and English language learning. It reflects both the increasingly diverse makeup of Pennsylvania's public schools, as well as the need for dedicated programming for students with emotional, cognitive or intellectual challenges.

You will also gain a broad understanding of the historical, legal and philosophical framework of modern education and learn how these factors impact lesson planning and learning goals. Northampton's secondary education program includes 40 hours of field experience where you will advance with real-world exposure to the teaching profession.

Entry Requirements to NCC's Secondary Education

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. Specifically at our Bethlehem campus, more than 600 housing units are available for on-campus housing for all students.

Interested in inspiring a younger generation of 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.

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Your Career in Secondary Education

The Secondary Education program is designed for students to transfer smoothly into a baccalaureate level teacher education program to pursue teacher certification.  Now is a great time to get a secondary education degree. 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. Most of this program can be completed online.

Secondary Education Career Paths

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