Special Education


Secondary school teachers help students delve more deeply into subjects introduced in elementary school and learn more about the world and about themselves. They specialize in a specific subject and teach a variety of related courses.

Job Outlook

In 1994, secondary education teachers held over 1.3 million jobs. Overall, employment of secondary school teachers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2005 as high school enrollments grow and class sizes decline. Teachers in subjects such as mathematics, science, especially chemistry and physics, bilingual education, and computer science seem to be in short supply.


According to the National Education Association, public secondary school teachers averaged about $36,900 in 1995. Starting salaries ranged from about $20,000 to $25,000 a year. Earnings in private schools generally were lower. Many public school teachers belong to unions, such as the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, that bargain with school systems over wages, hours, and the terms and conditions of employment.

The Requirements

The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Secondary Education - 2 years: 

Prefix Courses Credits
COL 101 College & Transfer Readiness  1
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
SPE 101 Public Speaking 3
PLS 101 Intro. To American Government 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 4
PSY 231 Adolescent Development & Learning 3
EDU 201 Introduction to Education 2
  Lab Science and Math 8
  Social Science Elective 3
  Humanities Elective 9
Electives to fulfill degree requirements toward a major/minor 24

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