Education

Overview

Education

Do you enjoy working with children and young people, and have a passion for teaching and learning? Teaching is a flexible career that allows you to make a difference in people’s lives. There is a large demand for teachers at various levels. California is experiencing a teacher shortage, especially in the areas of Math, Science and Special Education, and there is also a strong need for diversity in our educators.

Careers Opportunities in Education

Teaching is a rewarding career, and elementary school teachers are always in demand, and high school/secondary teachers in the STEM fields have the highest demand. There are also many related jobs in the field.

  • Become a substitute teacher, teacher assistant, or an instructional aide.
  • Teach in English and a partner language in a Dual Immersion program.
  • Seek a career as a speech pathologist or occupational therapist.
  • Work as a reading specialist or tutor.
  • Teach English or another subject abroad.

Various Tracks to a Career in Education

Pre-School Teacher/Transitional Kindergarten

This pathway focuses on students interested in teaching young children in preschools, childcare centers, and after-school programs. 

Consider these certificate and degree options: 

  • Skills certificate in Associate Teacher, Infant Toddler, and Site Supervisor
  • Childhood Development Pre-Service Elementary Teacher (AA Degree), which is designed to help you transfer into CSU Sacramento’s fast-track teaching credential program
  • Early Childhood Education for Transfer Degree (AS-T Degree)

Note that Head Start Teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE)/Child Development.

Elementary School Teacher

This pathway focuses on students interested in becoming an elementary school teacher (TK-6) and earning a Multiple Subject Credential. As an elementary teacher, you will need to teach many subjects, including health, history/social science, visual and performing arts, and world languages. It is best to major in a subject that will encompass all of these areas, such as Liberal Arts or Early Childhood Education.

Consider these degree options: 

  • Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer Degree (AA-T)* 
  • Liberal Studies-Elementary Education (AA)*
  • Child Development Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Degree (AA), which is designed to help you transfer into CSU Sacramento’s fast-track teaching credential program.

* Students can choose a Liberal Arts or Human Development route to teaching

Further education to become an elementary teacher includes earning a bachelor’s degree and a Teaching Credential. 

Secondary Teacher (Junior High School/High School)

This pathway focuses on students interested in teaching at the junior high school or high school level in any subject area. 

Consider this degree option: 

  • AA/AS degree in the subject you want to teach. For example, a future high school math teacher would major in mathematics.

Further education to become a Secondary Teacher includes earning a bachelor’s degree in the subject area you plan to teach and a teaching credential.

Dual Enrollment Teacher

This pathway is for students who want to teach at the high school level but who would also like to teach community college courses in a high school setting. Teachers are employed by the school district but must also meet the minimum qualifications to teach college courses. 

Consider this degree option: 

  • AA/AS degree in the subject that you want to teach. For example, a future high school biology teacher would major in biology. 

Further education to become a Dual Enrollment Teacher includes earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a single subject, as well as a teaching credential.

Special Education Teacher

This pathway is for students who want to teach Special Education to children with moderate to severe disabilities in all age groups K-12. 

Consider this degree option: 

  • AA/AS degree in any subject, although a degree in Education is a common path (or recommended)

Further education to become a Special Education teacher includes a bachelor’s degree, plus a Special Education teaching credential.

Professor

This pathway is for students who want to teach at the community college or university level. 

Consider this degree option: 

  • Earn an AA/AS degree in the subject that you want to teach. For example, a Chemistry professor would earn degrees in Chemistry, or a similar science. 

Further education to become a Professor includes a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the subject area. 

To see the minimum qualifications to become a community college professor, see the California Community College’s Minimum Qualifications

Career Technical Education Teacher

This pathway is for students who want to teach Career Technical Education (CTE) classes to help prepare students to become skilled professionals for the 21st century while helping to fulfill California’s workforce needs. CTEs may include teaching Agriculture, Welding, Fire Technology, or Digital Design at the community college level, or teaching dual enrollment courses at the high school level. 

Consider these degree options: 

  • Earn a AA/AS degree paired with a combination of at least 6 years of full-time work experience in the industry to meet the prerequisites for teaching CTE.

CTE instructors may also have either a bachelor’s degree paired with two years’ work experience or a master’s degree to meet the prerequisites for teaching CTE. 

High school teachers who want to teach dual enrollment CTE courses should also have a CTE credential. 

Academic Plans for Education

The plans show all the courses you need to take to complete your goal from start to finish. Map your education by clicking on the Academic Plan for the degree you’re interested in earning below. 

Note: The academic plans will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan.

Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer—AA-T Degree

Term 1
Course Units
HIST 0017A 3
HDEV 0009 3
ENGL 0001A 4
GEOG 0005 4
MATH 0017 or MATH 0018 3
TOTAL 16
Term 2
Course Units
HIST 0050 3
ENGL 0001B 3
COMM 0001 3
BIOL 0011 or (BIOL 0056 and BIOL 0056L) 4
ARHI 0101 or THEA 0013 or MUS 0002 3
TOTAL 16
Term 3
Course Units
ENGL 0001C 3
EDU 0010 3
(ESCI 0010 and ESCI 0010L) 4
SPAN 0001 5
TOTAL 15
Term 4
Course Units
POLS 0001 3
CHEM 0140 4
MATH 0019 3
HED 0001 3
KIN 0024 1.5
TOTAL 14.5

Liberal Studies: Elementary Education—AA Degree

Term 1
Course Units Notes
GEOG 0005 3  
HDEV 0009 3  
HIST 0017A 3  
ENGL 0001A 4  
MATH 0017 3  
TOTAL 16  
Term 2
Course Units Notes
BIOL 0011 4  
HIST 0050 3  
COMM 0005 3  
ARHI 0101 or MUS 0002 or THEA 0013 3 If transfer to CSU is a potential goal, Math 0017 is recommended instead of ANTH 0002.
ENGL 0001B or ENGL 0001C 3  
TOTAL 16  
Term 3
Course Units Notes
ENGL 0002 3  
EDU 0010 3  
HIST 0017B 3  
(ESCI 0010 and ESCI 0010L) 4 If transfer to CSU is a potential goal, it is recommended to take both ESC 0010 and ESC 0010L, and BIOL 0011.
TOTAL 13  
Term 4
Course Units Notes
EDU 0007 3  
HDEV 0030 3  
HIST 0051 3  
POLS 0001 3  
HED 0002 3  
TOTAL 15  

Tips for Future Teachers

  • Join the Education Interest Area on the Sierra College app to learn about on-campus events and guest speakers.
  • Obtain as much early fieldwork experience as you can. You are strongly encouraged to register for EDU 0007 (Teaching Elementary Students in Reading); EDU 0010 (Intro to Elementary Education with Field Experience) or EDU 0095 (Internship Education).
  • Consider working on campus as a tutor in the Tutoring Center or as a Supplemental Instruction tutor.
  • Seek advisement from a counselor. Teacher education requirements may vary at each college and university you’re interested in attending.
  • Taking some courses at Sierra College may help you wave the CSET exam requirement later. Contact a counselor in the Education interest area for more information. 
  • Visit Career and Transfer Connections to learn more about an internship or mentorship.

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