AA, Secondary Education

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  TMCC has transfer agreements with the following institutions.

  • Nevada State College
  • University of Nevada, Reno  

The Associate of Arts, Secondary Education is designed for students seeking careers in secondary education (junior and senior high schools). The degree requirements include a well-balanced general education curriculum. Program specific curriculum provides students with educational theory and practical field work in the secondary education school settings.

In addition, students will also need to select a “teaching major” and complete some of the coursework prior to transfer. This course of study is designated as a university transfer program that substantially meets the requirements for the first two years of study for the B.A. in secondary education majors at UNR. Please note:  any concerns or questions about requirements when entering a teaching certification program need to be addressed by advisors for the specific university of interest.

In order to complete an AA, the ‘teaching major’ courses will include a focus in foreign languages, english, social studies, history, music, art, career and technical.


Students completing the degree will:

  • Demonstrate the scope of knowledge and skills based on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards and Five Domains of Professional Competence.

AA/AS degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.  

To earn an AA/AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 units within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AA/AS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Must include ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Lab Required
Social Science3
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 2[3]
Introduction to Special Education
Foreign Language0-14
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Degree Requirements
EDU 110Society and Education3
EDU 202Introduction to Secondary Education3
EDU 203Introduction to Special Education3
EDU 210Nevada School Law3
EDU 214Preparing Teachers to Use Technology3
Elective Requirements
Select 4-21 units 34-21
Total Units60
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
EDU 110 Society and Education 3
EDU 202 Introduction to Secondary Education 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition I for International Students
Fine Arts 4 3
Foreign Language 4 4
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
EDU 210 Nevada School Law 3
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International Students
Foreign Language 1 4
Humanities 4 3
Mathematics 4 3
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
EDU 203 Introduction to Special Education 3
Elective 5 3
Foreign Language 6 3
Science 4 3
Social Science 4 3
 Semester Total15
4th semester
EDU 214 Preparing Teachers to Use Technology 3
Elective 5 1
Foreign Language 6 3
Science 4 3
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions 4 3
 Semester Total13
 Total Units60