Pre-Secondary Education

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Designed for individuals seeking teacher certification in Secondary Education. This degree focuses on teaching in grades 7-12. Students in this program complete General Education requirements, early professional preparation courses, and begin course work in their teaching majors and minors. Transfer to and completion of a four-year university teacher preparation program is necessary for full teacher certification. Students are advised to consult transfer guides for the school to which they intend to transfer when selecting courses.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Apply current educational theories and practices to a classroom setting.
  • Apply content knowledge to development of lessons to be taught in grades 7 – 12.
  • Apply knowledge of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development theories of the learner in a school setting.
  • Apply knowledge of the exceptionalities, learning environments, and laws as they relate to secondary education programs.
  • Develop lesson plans implementing educational software for grades 7 – 12.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC's General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete this course:

  2. Communication: Complete this course:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete this course:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete this course:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least one course:

  6. Complete additional General Education course(s) from this list to reach a minimum of 25 credit hours total:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 25

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Wellness: Complete one:

  2. Humanities: Complete 8 credit hours, including any Humanities courses taken from the General Education area, from:

    • Art (ART); Dance (DNCA); English (ENG) (except ENG-131, ENG-132, ENG-135); Humanities (HUM); Interior Design (INTR); Journalism (JOUR); Music (MUS); Philosophy (PHIL); Telecommunication (TCM); Speech Communications (SPC); Theatre (THEA), Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL); World Languages (American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN)); or World Religions (WR).
  3. Science and Mathematics:This category is satisfied with the required General Education and Required Core courses for this program.

  4. Social Science: This category is satisfied in the General Education and Required Core courses in this program.

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 4

Required Core Courses

Complete a minimum of 4 credits in science courses with a lab from the following areas:
Astronomy (ASTR), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Geology (GEOL), Physics (PHYS), Physical Science (PSCI), or Science (SCI)
Minimum Credit Hours: 

Elective Courses

Complete additional 100-level or above courses as needed to reach the 60 credits required for Associate in Arts degrees.
This course is a suggested elective. For assistance with additional selections, please contact the Program Director.

Maximum Credit Hours Necessary: 17

  • Students considering transferring to a four-year institution are advised to consult current transfer and articulation guides to ensure that the appropriate courses are selected.
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

The law requires new teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, and other personnel to provide documentation of a completed criminal record check. Students who complete field experiences as part of their HFC course work must provide a statewide criminal record check prior to working with children in public or non-public schools.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division: 313-845-9625,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-140
Patricia Lanzon: 313-317-1532,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-307

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Marygrove College
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
Career Opportunities: 

Pre-Secondary Education program graduates who complete a bachelor degree with teacher certification may teach in middle schools or high schools.

This degree requires course work that can be transferred to most four-year teacher preparation programs without loss of credit. The elective component of this program allows students to select courses that apply toward the bachelor's degree at their intended transfer institution. Students are encouraged to consult the university guide sheets in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center located in Learning Resources Center.