Teacher Education Programs

Why do people teach? Reasons to become a teacher are as diverse as the subjects they plan to teach. Motives range from inspiration drawn from a favorite teacher of their own - to a sense of commitment to community or nation - to an intellectual fascination with a given discipline, such as English literature or the physical sciences. But the most compelling reason to become a teacher is the desire to work with children. Some point to a "calling," a yearning to help children learn, watch them grow, and make a meaningful difference in the world.

Richland offers a number of options for students wanting to enter the field of education. Visit the Early Childhood Education page for information on teaching children 8 and under.

Career and Technical Education Option

Baccalaureate/Transfer Options

  • Elementary Education - Associate in Arts or Associate of Science with concentration in Elementary Education
    • Suggested courses for Elementary Education Concentration: ED 100, 200, 220; ENGL 101, 102; SPCH 101; PSYCH 150; SOCIO 200; plus fine art, mathematics, physical science, U.S. History, non-U.S. History, and literature electives
    • Other suggested courses: ECE 110, 111; ED 102, 105, 107, 108, 109; HLTH 120
    • Some upper level institutions may require a foreign language course.
    • Students must complete up to nine sophomore-level semester credits in one academic discipline (such as mathematics, science, English, or social science).
  • Secondary Education - Associate in Arts or Associate of Science with concentration in Secondary Education
    • Suggested courses for Secondary Education Concentration: ED 100, 200, 220; ENGL 101, 102; SPCH 101; POL_S 110; PSYCH 145; SOCIO 200; plus fine art, life science, mathematics, physical science, U.S. History, non-U.S. History, and literature electives
    • Other suggested courses: ECE 110, 111; ED 102, 105, 107, 108, 109; HLTH 120
    • Some upper level institutions may require a foreign language course.
    • Students must complete up to nine sophomore-level semester credits in one academic discipline (such as art, computer science, music, mathematics, science, English, or social science, or speech).
  • Special Education - Associate in Arts or Associate of Science with concentration in Special Education
    • Suggested courses for Special Education Concentration: ED 100, 200, 220; ENGL 101, 102; SPCH 101; POL_S 110; PSYCH 145; SOCIO 200; plus fine art, life science, mathematics, physical science, U.S. History, non-U.S. History, and literature electives
    • Other suggested courses: ECE 110, 111; ED 102, 105, 107, 108, 109; HLTH 120
    • Some upper level institutions may require a foreign language course.
    • Students must complete up to nine sophomore-level semester credits in one academic discipline (such as mathematics, science, English, social science, or speech).

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