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Teacher Education at Raritan Valley Community College

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Whether you're a high school student, an undergraduate student,a seasoned educator, or a professional pursuing a different career, RVCC can offer you exceptional resources to help you to achieve your personal and professional ambitions!

 

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Teacher Academy

Hunterdon County high school seniors have a unique opportunity through Hunterdon County Polytech Career Academy to participate in a career and college readiness program called Teacher Academy to earn credits toward an Associate of Arts in Education (5-12) at Raritan Valley Community College. This program includes 6 credits: 3 in EDUC 212 Foundations of Education and 3 in CISY 102 Computer Literacy. Students will participate in classroom instruction and internship experiences throughout their time in the program.  For additional information on the program, contact Ms. Natalie Guarino at nguarino@hcpolytech.org

After receiving a comprehensive overview to the field of Education, you will be ready to pursue your post-secondary studies with confidence! The strength of the content and the expertise of the faculty will give you the knowledge to make informed decisions for your education and your career! As you move forward to begin your undergraduate course of study in a specific degree or certificate program, you will need to ask yourself a very important question, "What do I want to do after I graduate and enter the work force?" Perhaps, the answers provided below can offer some guidance and support in the decision making process. 

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RVCC Education Degree and Certificate Programs

Currently, RVCC offers four programs to prepare you for a career in Education:

  1. Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education
  2. Associate of Arts (AA) in Education (P-5)
  3. Early Childhood Education Certificate
  4. Associate of Arts (AA) in Education (5-12)

As you prepare to begin your post-secondary education or pursue additional certification in your current position in the field of Education, you will need to ask yourself a very important question, "What do I want to do after I graduate and enter the work force?"

  • If the answer to this question is, "I want to be a Lead Teacher, Teacher's Assistant, or possibly own my own Preschool one day," you will want to explore the AAS in Early Childhood Education program.
  • If the answer to this question is, "I want to become a fully certified teacher who can teach Preschool through Grade 3,"  you will want to explore the AA in Education (P-5).
  • If the answer to this question is, "I want to pursue further certification, so that I am compliant with DYFS (Division of Youth and Family Services) and CDA (Child Development Credential) requirements," you will want to explore the Early Childhood Education Certificate program.
  • If the answer to this question is, "I want to be an elementary (K-5) , a middle school (5-8), or a high school (9-12) teacher," you will want to explore the AA in Education (5-12) program.

Outlines for all courses in each program can be found by clicking here.

For further information on the Early Childhood Education programs, contact Kimberly Schirner, M. Ed., Education Program Coordinator (P-5).

For further information on the Education (K-12) program, contact Kathryn Purvin, M. Ed., Education Program Coordinator (5-12).

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As a student enrolled in one of RVCC's Education degree or certificate programs, you have the opportunity to be a member of the SEA Lions-Student Education Association on campus! We are a chapter of FEA Professional, a division of Phi Delta Kappa International.  Come learn, grow, and serve with us!

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Once you've completed your Associate of Arts degree at Raritan Valley Community College, you can continue to attend our North Branch campus to complete your Bachelor's degree in Education through the University Centerand its newly articulated agreement with Caldwell College.

 

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If you are a seasoned educator looking for professional development opportunities or educational enhancement activities for your classroom or school, you might consider attending courses and workshops offered by these departments at the College:

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If you are a professional who holds a Bachelor's degree and is interested in the field of Teaching, you might want to consider New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey:An Alternate Route to Teacher Certification offered in conjunction with New Jersey City University.

 

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