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.
- 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.
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.
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:
Civil Society & Culture: Complete this course:
Communication: Complete this course:
Computer Technology: Complete this course:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete this course:
Quantitative Literacy: Complete at least one course:
- MATH-109: Introduction to Algebra Part II OR MATH-110: Intermediate Algebra
- MATH-115: College Algebra*
- MATH-131: Mathematics for the Modern World
- MATH-141: Introduction to Statistics
- MATH-150: Finite Mathematics
- MATH-153: Calculus for Business, Life Science, and Social Sciences
- MATH-175: Precalculus
- MATH-180: Calculus I
- MATH-183: Calculus II
- MATH-280: Calculus III
- MATH-289: Differential Equations
- *Math 115 or beyond is highly recommended as preparation for the Professional Readiness Exam.
Complete additional General Education course(s) from this list to reach a minimum of 25 credit hours total:
- GEOG-132: World Regional Geography
- HIST-151: American History I
- HIST-152: American History II
- POLS-101: American Government: Democratic Participation and Civic Engagement
- POLS-152: International Relations
- POLS-200: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
- SOC-131: Introduction to Sociology
- SOC-152: Women, Men, and Society
- SOC-251: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society
- WR-131: Religious Traditions in the World
- SPC-131: Fundamentals of Speaking
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 25
Wellness: Complete one course from the following:
- COUN-114: Stress Management - A Personal Approach
- HPE-140: Lifetime Wellness
- HPE-142: Advanced First Aid
- HPE-153: Nutrition
- HPE-260: Nutrition, Health, and Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher
- HPEA-117: Strength Training and Physical Conditioning I
- HPEA-217: Strength Training and Physical Conditioning II
- HPEA-126: Aerobic Dance
- HPEA-155: Relaxation Techniques for Stress Management
Humanities: Complete a total of 8 Humanities credits (including those taken from the General Education area) from courses in:
- Art (ART); Dance (DNCA); English (ENG, except ENG-131, 132, 135); Language: Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN); Humanities (HUM); Interior Design (INTR); Journalism (JOUR); Music (MUS); Philosophy (PHIL); Telecommunications (TCM); Speech (SPC); Theatre (THEA); World Religions (WR).
Science and Mathematics:This category is satisfied with the required General Education and Required Core courses for this program.
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
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.
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
- Eastern Michigan University
- Marygrove College
- University of Michigan - Dearborn
- Wayne State University
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.