AA, Secondary Education

Program Description

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 fieldwork in 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.

Recommended Course Schedule

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 Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual 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 and Multilingual 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

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

If you place into ENG 102 or ENG 114 the additional 3 required units will become elective units.


Course may also count toward emphasis requirements. Please consult with Academic Advisement.


Students transferring to UNR take units in their teaching major. See an advisor for more information.

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. General information about general transfer agreements can be found on the Academic Advisement website. TMCC has agreements with the following institutions towards a bachelor's degree in the same of similar discipline.