Education Preparation-Secondary Level (Grades 7-12)

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 60/61 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

The Education Preparation program serves students interested in transferring to an Education program at a four-year college or university in three ways:
1. Students are introduced to a broad spectrum of knowledge through Liberal Arts and general education requirements;
2. Students are introduced to the expectations of a career in Education;
3. Students are able to pursue personal interests and strengths through electives.
The program integrates a core of readily transferable Liberal Arts classes with classes preparatory for a career in Education. In addition, the Education Preparation program serves students who seek immediate entrance in the workforce by preparing them to be hired as teacher assistants, childcare workers, and library assistants.
All education students at the Community College of Beaver County are required to have field experience and observation hours. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires the following three background checks, before participation in field experience and observations:
The procedures for obtaining the three reports may be accessed at the Pennsylvania Department of Education website at or by contacting CCBC’s Education faculty.
Program Outcomes:  
Graduates will be able to
  1. Identify the knowledge, skills, disposition, and expectations of a professional educator.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of diversity issues in education.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges related to Special Education issues.
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Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 15 Credits

CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
EDUC 105Foundations of Education 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00

Second Semester - 16/17 Credits

EDUC 125Instructional Technology 3.00
EDUC 201PAPA Preparation 1.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
PSYC 106Human Growth and Development 3.00
MATH 126Statistics 4.00
 TAOC Category Three 
 TAOC Category Five (HIST) - 3 credits 

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 14 Credits

EDUC 205Field Experience I 1.00
EDUC 220Teaching English Language Learners 3.00
PSYC 205Educational Psychology 3.00
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 
 TAOC Category Six (LITR) - 3 credits 

Fourth Semester - 15/17 Credits

EDUC 210Field Experience II 3.00
EDUC 230Introduction to Special Education 3.00
BIOL 110Human Ecology & Heredity 3.00
CHEM 105Principles of Biological Chemistry 3.00
PHYS 110Introduction to Astronomy 3.00
 TAOC Category Four - 3/4 credits 
POLS 101American National Government 3.00
 TAOC Category Three - 3/4 credits 

Course Descriptions

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3

EDUC 105 - Foundations of Education

This course is a study of the historic and philosophical antecedents of the American school system and its growth, development, and potential. 3-0-3

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3 Honors Option Availaible This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics included the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion, and psychological disorders. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

EDUC 125 - Instructional Technology

This course prepares all students whose careers will regularly require them to integrate technology into presentations, although it is particularly directed at teacher education majors. Students will be introduced to various technology-based media, the preparation and equipment needed to use the media, and the proper occasions for its use. Students will learn to integrate projection, digitized, and network and web-based technologies into their presentations. 3-0-3

EDUC 201 - PAPA Preparation

This course is designed to assist students in meeting requirements for admission into Education programs. It provides students in preparing for the Praxis I exam with drills, strategies, and explanations. 1-0-1

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3

PSYC 106 - Human Growth and Development

This course is a survey of human development from conception to senescence. Attention will be given to the physical, motor, emotional, personality, and social growth of the individual in infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and senescence. 3-0-3

MATH 126 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4

EDUC 205 - Field Experience I

Students will spend a minimum of 30 hours in a secondary or elementary school setting in fulfillment of observations required by the Department of Education. 1-0-1

EDUC 220 - Teaching English Language Learners

Course Catalog Description. As the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) continues to grow in our public schools there is an increased need for highly qualified teachers to instruct them. This course will be an introduction into the varied theories and practicies of teaching English Language Learners. This course will look at some prominent research in the field of second language acquisition and apply it to strategies and best practices used in Pennsylvania, as well as other parts of the country. This course will give students an overview to support effective instruction of students who have a first language other than English. Prerequisite: EDUC108, ERCH100, EDUC105

PSYC 205 - Educational Psychology

A course for Pre-Education majors, human learning in the educational setting is presented with theories of learning and teaching, the development of the child, creativity, individual differences, and standardized testing. Prerequisite: PSYC101 3-0-3

EDUC 210 - Field Experience II

Students will spend a minimum of thirty hours in an Elementary-Middle Level (Grades 4-8) school setting or a Secondary Level (Grades 7-12) school setting in fulfillment of requirements for either respective teacher certificate area, as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This stage may be called the assistant phase of field experience. As part of this stage, the student will work under the direction of a certified teacher, generally with small gourps of students. Activities could include tutoring, helping with reading assignments, and small group instruction. Pre-Requisite: EDUC205 Note: Students will need to complete Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance, Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check, and Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI), prior to observations. Go to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website (, scroll to and click on "Act 34 and 151 Background Checks") for detailed information and procedures.

EDUC 230 - Introduction to Special Education

Students are introduced to a wide range of subject matter, from the history of special educaton to challenges facing special education. Students will apply research to create active classroom strategies that illustrate an awareness of the concerns of special education. Prerequisite: EDUC108, EDUC105, ERCH100

BIOL 110 - Human Ecology & Heredity

This course studies the interaction of man with his environment. Such topics as overpopulation, pollution, behavior, drugs, and evolution will be discussed in terms of how they affect the well being of man. Resource speakers and field trips will be an integral part of the course. No prior science background is necessary. 3-0-3

CHEM 105 - Principles of Biological Chemistry

This course introduces students to the compounds of carbon and the role that these compounds play in living organisms 3-0-3

PHYS 110 - Introduction to Astronomy

This is an introductory course in the concepts of Astronomy. Emphasis is geared toward the student who wishes to acquire a beginning knowledge of astronomical phenomena. Topics are approached on a qualitative basis by the use of videos, classroom discussions, demonstrations, the World Wide Web, and off-campus activities. 3-0-3

POLS 101 - American National Government

This course considers the evolution of the principles, form, and operation of our governmental systems with special emphasis on constitutional issues and the various means for the resolution of conflicts. 3-0-3