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What Is Education?

Education centers on the best practices of preparing tomorrow’s minds. Students investigate educational theory, policy, research and practice from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. They learn to think critically and creatively about the processes of teaching and learning and about the place of education in society. At Perimeter College, students learn about the teaching profession and areas of educational research or policy. They explore how to do further study in an era of diversity and technological change.

Why Study Education?

If you are excited by the idea of working with children and introducing them to ideas they will carry for a lifetime, the educational field may be for you. At Perimeter College, students may study Early Childhood, *Middle Grades, *Secondary School or *Special Education.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

*Those concentrating concentrating in one of the following: Secondary Education, Special Education, Middle Grades or Health/PE may take all classes online

Job opportunities for teachers vary, with multiple paths from which to choose:

  • Kindergarten
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
 
  • Secondary School
  • Special Education
For additional potential salary and job information, Bureau of Labor Statistics - For potential job and salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Education Pathway Leads to an Associate of Science Degree

1935 Education Pathways

Associate of Science, Pathway – Education 

  • Areas: Early Childhood Education, Health and Physical Education, Middle Grades, Special Education, and Secondary Education
Additional Teacher Education information is found in section 1600 of the catalog.
Requirements for Early Childhood Education 
Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42) Recommendations Area D: MATH 1070 Elementary Statistics (3) recommended Area F Courses Appropriate for Early Childhood Education (18) Students must complete coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in Area F. Required Courses (18):
  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (3)
  • ISCI 2001 Integrated Science I: Life/Earth Sciences (3)
  • ISCI 2002 Integrated Science II: Physical Sciences (3)
  • MATH 2008 Foundations of Numbers and Operations (3)
Requirements for Health and Physical Education  Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42) Area F Courses Appropriate for Health and Physical Education (18) Students must complete coursework with a grade of “C” or higher in Area F. Required Courses (18):
  • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
  • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3)
  • EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (3)
  • KH 2122 Applied Health and Wellness (3)
  • KH 2130 Introduction to Kinesiology and Health (3)
  • KH 2211 Movement Sciences for Practitioners (3)
Requirements for Middle Grades Education  Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42) Recommendations Area C: Students who choose language arts as one of their areas should select ENGL 2110 World Literature 3), ENGL 2120 British Literature (3), or ENGL 2130American Literature (3) to fulfill three semester hours of the Humanities and Fine Arts requirements. Area D: Students who choose mathematics as one of their areas should select calculus of one variable (or a more advanced mathematics course) to fulfill three semester hours of the Science, Mathematics, and Technology requirements. Students who choose science as one of their areas are encouraged to choose CHEM 1151and CHEM 1152 or BIOL 1103 and BIOL 1104. Area E: Students who choose social studies as one of their areas should select either AAS 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History and Culture (3), AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3), ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology (3), ECON 2105 Principles of Macroeconomics (3), ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics (3), GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography (3), or HIST 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History (3) to complete the Social Science Foundations requirement. Area F Courses Appropriate for Middle Grades (18 semester hours) Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in each course used to fulfill Area F requirements.
  1. Required Courses (9):
    • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
    • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3)
    • EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (3)
  2. Select three (9): With advisor approval, students select two additional 1000- or 2000-level courses for a minimum of six semester hours in one pathway area and one course for three semester hours in a second pathway area.
    • Language Arts: ENGL 2110 World Literature, ENGL 2120 British Literature, or ENGL 2130 American Literature
    • Reading: AL 2101 Introduction to Language (highly recommended prerequisite for Area G.1. AL course), ENGL 2110 World Literature, ENGL 2120 British Literature, or ENGL 2130 American Literature
    • Mathematics: MATH 2008 Foundations of Numbers and Operations (prerequisite for 3 required Area G.1 math courses) (3), MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (prerequisite for 1 Area G.1 math course) (4), MATH 2212 Calculus of One Variable II  (4) or MATH 2420 Discrete Mathematics (3)
    • Sciences: [CHEM 1151/L] and/or [CHEM 1152/L], or [BIOL 1103/L] and/or [BIOL 1104/L] are recommended if not taken in Area D.
    • Social Studies: GEOG 1101 Introduction to Human Geography, HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500, HIST 1112 Survey of World History since 1500
 Requirements for Special Education  Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42) Recommendations Area A: MATH 1101 Mathematical Modeling (3) or MATH 1111 College Algebra (3) recomended Area C: ASL 1002 Elementary American Sign Language II (3) recomended Area F. Courses Appropriate for Special Education (18)
  1. Required Courses (15)
    • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3)
    • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3)
    • EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (3)
    • EPY 2050 Human Learning and Development (3)
    • AL 2101 Introduction to Language (3)
  2. Choose One Course (3):
    • AL 2231 Understanding Miscommunication (3)
    • ASL 2001 Intermediate American Sign Language II (3)
    • PSYC 2050 Introduction to Drugs and Behavior (3)
  1. Recommendation for students who will pursue B.S.E. in Special Education at Georgia State University’s Atlanta campus:The faculty strongly encourage students in Deaf Education take [ASL 2001] and students in the Adapted Curriculum and General Curriculum take AL 2231 or PSYC 2050.

    Requirements for Secondary Education 

    Students are required to complete Areas A-F requirements for the program of study (subject to be taught) in which they intend to pursue certification.
    Additional Required Courses
    • EDUC 2110 Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (3 Credit Hours)
    • EDUC 2120 Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (3 Credit Hours)
    • EDUC 2130 Exploring Learning and Teaching (3 Credit Hours)

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