• Secondary Education (Teacher Transfer) Option

    The Secondary Education (Teacher Transfer) Option is designed for students who are interested in pursuing teaching in Grades 7 through 12 as a career and who plan to transfer to Queens College.

  • The Secondary Education (Teacher Transfer) Option is coordinated by the Education and Language Department and is designed for students who are interested in teaching Grades 7 through 12 in one of the following content areas: Adolescent Education English, Adolescent Education Social Studies, Adolescent Education Science, or Adolescent Education Mathematics. This Option provides a clearly defined academic path that leads to continued study at a four-year college. Successful completion of LaGuardia's Associate in Arts (AA) degree requirements in the Secondary Education (Teacher Transfer) Option can result in admission to the Professional Sequence at Queens College, Department of Secondary Education and Youth Services leading to the New York State Initial Certificate in Secondary Education (Grades 6-12). Students in the Secondary Education Option must have a grade of B in at least one course in each of the core content areas: Math, Science, Social Studies and English Language Arts and in all Education Program core courses.

  • In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.


    Your advisement team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan  

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more. 


    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Paula Zimmermann, Education Program Assistantpzimmermann@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5230 B 234P 
    Cheryl McKenzie, Advising Services 
    718-482-6073 B 103B 

    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone  Office Location
    Michele de Goeas-Malone, Education Co-Coordinator mmalone@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-6050  B 234L 
    Arthur Lau, Education Co-Coordinator  alau@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5626  B 234F 
    Angela Cornelius, Assistant Professor  acornelius@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-7529  B 234WW 
    Marisa Klages-Bombich, ELA Chair  mklages@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5370  B 234Q 

    The Secondary Education (Teacher Transfer) Option was established as a response to a predicted teacher shortage nationwide. This shortage is envisioned as being particularly acute among minority teachers, especially in the City of New York. The Liberal Arts Options in the Education program are also designed to respond to the shortcomings within the teaching profession itself by combining a strong Liberal Arts course of study with an early experiential component. The program provides a broad intellectual foundation and an understanding of the world we live in, its history, diversity and cultures.

    High school teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree in addition to state certification; New York City public school teachers are required to obtain a master’s degree. Private schools have various degree and certification requirements. The Liberal Arts: Secondary Education Option at LaGuardia will prepare you for continued studies to earn a four-year degree.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of secondary school teachers is expected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, and the median salary of high school teachers in 2015 was $57,200.I

    [i] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, High School Teachers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm (visited June 21, 2016).

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.  

    Classroom observation hours in New York City public schools (Grades 7-12) are required in Education Program core courses. See course descriptions for number of observation hours required in each course. These observation hours are designed to integrate theory and practice. Classroom observation hours at LaGuardia will partially satisfy New York State Certification Requirements. The intent of the classroom observations is to involve students in the educational life of the classroom, to let them experience a variety of school settings and to learn beginning skills in a teaching role. Through this experiential component, students will have the opportunity to clarify their personal goals, gain insight into the teaching profession and make informed career decisions about continuing in the field of urban education. For further information please contact the Education Program Fieldwork Coordinator.

    Current Students

    Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take.

    Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.

    Prospective Students

    Review the Secondary Education Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.

    Beginning Spring 2018, all Education students at LaGuardia Community College must be registered in the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Personnel Eligibility Tracking System (PETS) database specifically for LaGuardia Community College students and Fingerprinted by the NYCDOE before registering for an education course. Click here for New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Fingerprint Verification and Security Clearance Requirements.