Education: Secondary Education Track, AA

Room: B-Building, B-234

Phone: (718) 482-5640


The Secondary Education major prepares students to teach youth grades 7 through 12 in one of the following content areas:

  • English (English Language Arts)
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Biology or Chemistry)
  • Social Science (e.g. History, Political Science, Sociology)
  • Spanish

Program Requirements

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.

All Education and TESOL 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.

Are You Interested In...

  • How adolescents develop and learn?
  • Subjects such as English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, etc?
  • Social justice issues?
  • Interpersonal and communication skills?
  • Creativity and critical thinking skills?
  • Public service?
  • Problem solving?
  • Leadership skills?

Skills You Will Learn

  • How adolescents develop and learn
  • Ways of teaching and assessing adolescents
  • How create effective lesson plans
  • How to work with culturally and linguistically diverse adolescents and their families

What makes this major unique?

This major focuses on appropriate practices for adolescents, 12 through 18 years old (12th grade) and developing strong content area knowledge. Students are also required to select a co-major or concentration at LaGuardia for this major. Most Education courses taken to fulfill this major cannot be used to fulfill requirements for other Education majors. However, courses in the content area may be transferable.

Career Possibilities

NYC Public School teachers are required to earn a Master’s Degree within 5 years of Initial Certification for Permanent Certification. Students interested in careers with the Department of Education are encouraged to consult their website for specific information and requirements.

  • NYC Dept. of Education Teacher’s Assistant/Aide
  • Childcare Worker
  • Recreation Worker/Camp Counselor
  • Social and Human Service Assistant
  • NYC Dept. of Education Teacher, Grades 6-12/Content Area
  • Private/Charter School Classroom Teacher
  • Educational Consultant
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Child and Family Advocate (may require Social Work degree)
  • Education Administrator/School Principal
  • College Professor

Transfer Possibilities

  • Queens College – BA in Secondary Education and Youth Services
  • BA/BS in Content Areas, e.g. Mathematics, Science, English Literature, etc.
  • BS in Secondary Education


Note: Transfer to non-articulated programs will likely result in some loss of credits.

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I (3)
    (or ENA101 depending on placement scores)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature (3)

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one course from the following: 3

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving
    (depending on Placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry
    (depending on placement scores)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra
    (depending on placement scores)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following: 3

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories
AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to
complete college requirement. To complete the degree
requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to
select courses from the recommended course selections listed
on the program website. Note: Student can select only two
courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
Education Core: 9 credits
EDF101 First Year Seminar for Education 3
ELE204 Language and Literacy in Secondary Education 3
ELN122 Foundations of American Education: Grades 7-12 3
Education and Language Acquisition: 9 credits
ELL101 Introduction to Language 3
Two Modern Language courses in the same language 6
Social Science: 3 credits
SSY105 Learning and Education 3
Select one of the following concentrations:
Adolescent Education: English: 9 credits
Select two of the following courses: 6
ENG290 British Literature I
ENG291 British Literature II
ENG292 American Literature I
ENG293 American Literature II
Select one of the following courses: 3
ENG204 Asian American Literature
ENG225 Afro-American Literature
ENG247 The Woman Writer
ENG248 Latino/Latina Writing in the US
ENG266 Shakespeare
ENG270 Introduction to Poetry
ENG280 Children’s Literature
Adolescent Education: Math: 9 credits
Unrestricted elective 1 1
Select two of the following courses: 8
MAT201 Calculus I 4
MAT202 Calculus II 4
MAT230 Introduction to Discrete Mathematical Structures 4
Adolescent Education: Science: 9 credits
Unrestricted elective 1
Select two of the following courses: 8
SCB201 General Biology I 4
SCB202 General Biology II 4
SCC201 General Chemistry I
Adolescent Education: Social Science: 9 credits
Select three of the following courses: 9
SSH101 Themes in American History I 3
SSH102 Themes in American History II 3
SSH103 Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Renaissance 3
SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times 3
SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500 3
SSH106 World History from 1500 to the present 3
SSA101 Cultural Anthropology 3
SSA106 Anthropology of Latin America 3
SSS100 Introduction to Sociology American Society 3
SSS280 Sociology of the Family 3
SSP101 US Power and Politics 3
Adolescent Education: Spanish: 9 credits
ELS204 Latin American Civilizations 3
ELS210 Advanced Spanish Composition 3
Select one of the following courses: 3
ELS200 Latin American Literature I
ELS201 Latin American Literature II
TOTAL CREDITS:    60          

Note: Students are required to take a placement exam before registering for any ELS course.

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