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Associate in Science

Our education degree will start your career on a path of service. The Education Associate in Science offers students a theoretical and practical foundation for careers in teaching, social services, and more. The program is designed to allow students to tailor their coursework to their immediate or long-term career interests. Graduates are prepared to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution. Our academic advisors are available to counsel with students as they select electives consistent with their transfer goals.

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  • Estimated degree completion time

    4 semesters, 61 credits

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Program courses cover psychology, teaching theory, classroom management, child development, oral communication, and instructional strategies.

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Fieldwork Labs

Many education courses have a fieldwork requirement where you’ll gain firsthand teaching experience. A background check and fingerprinting are required before enrolling in any course with fieldwork opportunities.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Apply strategies in curriculum development, instruction, methodology, and assessment to the development of a positive learning environment.
  • Plan instructional activities that engage all learners in problem solving, critical thinking, and natural inquiry.
  • Evaluate instructional technologies and multimedia resources for use in developmentally appropriate educational activities.
  • Use reliable information resources to find current research on education policy and practice.
  • Describe the physical, cognitive, and emotional aspects of child and adolescent development within a social and cultural context.
  • Discuss the history and philosophy of education in the United States and its influence on current law and policy.
  • Analyze the instructional needs of a diverse population of learners.
  • Use clear communication skills to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, and other stakeholders in the community.
  • Determine the ethical behaviors required of professional educators in classrooms, schools, and local communities.
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Education program graduates are prepared for work in classrooms as teachers or paraprofessionals and in social service organizations. Graduates may also choose to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree in education or a related field. The Education program may offer teachers an avenue for recertification for a current teaching certificate. Teachers seeking recertification course approval need to inquire about specific courses with the Maine Department of Education.

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Hi, I’m John Hall. I teach Social Studies here at Noble High School in North Berwick and I also teach Government and History courses for YCCC.

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