Pre-Secondary Education Associate in Arts (Associate in Arts, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Arts

Program Description


Designed for individuals seeking teacher certification in Secondary Education. This degree focuses on teaching in grades 7-12. Students in this program complete General Education requirements, early professional preparation courses, and begin course work in their teaching majors and minors. Transfer to and completion of a four-year university teacher preparation program is necessary for full teacher certification. Students are advised to consult transfer guides for the school to which they intend to transfer when selecting courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Apply current educational theories and practices to a classroom setting.
  2. Apply content knowledge to development of lessons to be taught in grades 7 – 12.
  3. Apply knowledge of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development theories of the learner in a school setting.
  4. Apply knowledge of the exceptionalities, learning environments, and laws as they relate to secondary education programs.
  5. Develop lesson plans implementing educational software for grades 7 – 12.
Career Opportunities

Pre-Secondary Education program graduates who complete a bachelor degree with teacher certification may teach in middle schools or high schools.

This degree requires course work that can be transferred to most four-year teacher preparation programs without loss of credit. The elective component of this program allows students to select courses that apply toward the bachelor's degree at their intended transfer institution. Students are encouraged to consult the university guide sheets in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center located in Learning Resources Center.

Admission Requirements

Additional Program Requirements

The law requires new teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, and other personnel to provide documentation of a completed criminal record check. Students who complete field experiences as part of their HFC course work must provide a statewide criminal record check prior to working with children in public or non-public schools.

General Education

Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.*
Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any two, from different disciplines, from the MTA list.*
Category 6: Natural Sciences
Complete any two, including one with laboratory experience, from different disciplines.
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Credit Hours

Program Requirements

  • *Consult your advisor, counselor, or transfer institution, for transfer institution major/minor requirements.
Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2018 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.