Teacher Education Program
The Teacher Education Program is a comprehensive teacher preparation program intended to serve students pursuing futures as teachers and as qualified paraprofessionals. Degrees and/or transfer pathways are offered in elementary, secondary, early childhood and special education. Largely a transfer program, emphasis is on foundation education courses which include field experience, philosophy, and an education portfolio. In addition, students can deepen their career focus with a number of general education courses such as Biology Concepts, First Year Composition, Introduction to Geology, and technology courses that offer specific sections available only to education majors.
The instructional team of residential and adjunct faculty collaborates to plan for common goals and expectations, design effective learning experiences, and share knowledge of best practices aligned with Arizona’s Professional Teaching Standards. Transfer courses in education and general education are offered in a four-semester plan to facilitate fluid transfer to a university program. Classes at the Pecos Campus are offered at a variety of days and times to allow for flexible scheduling. CGCC’s Teacher Education Program enhances knowledge of teaching as a career and offers early preparation for teacher certification in Arizona to freshman and sophomore students. Prospective teachers have considerable choice in how and when they learn at CGCC.