AA, Secondary Education, English

Program Description

The Associate of Arts Degree in Secondary Education English is designed for students seeking careers in secondary education (junior and senior high schools) who wish to teach English. 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 as well as a selection of topics in English.

This course of study is designated as a university transfer program that meets the requirements for the first two years of study for the bachelor of arts degree in secondary education English at University of Nevada (UNR) and Nevada State College (NSC). Please note: any 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
COM 113 Fundamentals of Speech Communications 3
ENG 101
Composition I
or Composition Enhanced
or Composition I for International and Multilingual Students
EDU 202 Introduction to Secondary Education 3
MATH 120 Fundamentals of College Mathematics 3
Foreign Language or Elective 3-4
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
CH 201
Ancient and Medieval Cultures
or The Modern World
ENG 102
Composition II
or Composition II For International and Multilingual Students
ENG 202 Film Analysis and Interpretation 3
ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 3
Foreign Language or Elective 3-4
 Semester Total16
3rd semester
EDU 203 Introduction to Special Education 3
ENG 205 Intro to Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry 3
JOUR 107 Media Writing 3
Lab Science 3
Foreign Language or Elective 3-4
 Semester Total16
4th semester
CH 203 American Experiences and Constitutional Change 3
ENG 281 Introduction to Language 3
ENG 298 Writing About Literature 3
Foreign Language or Elective 3
 Semester Total12
 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 2
Including ENG 102 or ENG 114 1
Fine Arts3
Required ENG 202
Recommended CH 201 or CH 202
Required MATH 120 or Higher
Science (1 Lab Required)6
Note: if you choose a 4 unit Lab Science the additional unit will count as an elective.
Required ENV 101
Social Science3
Required COM 113
Additional College Requirements
Diversity 43
Required EDU 203
Foreign Language 30-14
U.S. and Nevada Constitutions3
Recommended CH 203
Degree Requirements
EDU 202Introduction to Secondary Education3
ENG 205Intro to Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry3
ENG 281Introduction to Language3
ENG 298Writing About Literature3
JOUR 107Media Writing3
Students should choose electives based on which transfer institution they plan to attend.
Preparing Teachers to Use Technology 5
World Literature I 5
World Literature II 5
Introduction to Ethics 6
Child Psychology 5
Total Units60

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


See the approved General Education page for a complete list of courses. 


Please Note: Students transferring to NSC do not need to meet foreign language requirement. Students transferring to UNR must complete the requirement. For all other transfer institutions please refer to their requirements.

Options to Complete the Foreign Language Requirement:

  • Complete a fourth-semester transferable college course in a foreign language.
  • Complete a fourth-semester transferable college course in American Sign Language (AM).
  • Demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means. Students interested in taking a placement examination should contact the TMCC testing center at 775-673-8241 for information.
  • Complete four years of high school foreign language.

Students who have proficiency in a foreign language that is equivalent to that of students who have completed four semesters of college-level foreign language may be eligible to waive this requirement. Students will be required to provide appropriate documentation to the department to support this claim. Contact the Humanities department at 775-674-7945 or TMCC Academic Advising at 775-673-7062 for information.
Additional elective units may be necessary to meet the total degree requirements.


May also be used to satisfy another General Education, Degree/Emphasis, or Elective requirement.


Course is part of 2+2 agreement with Nevada State College (NSC). This course is not needed for UNR. 


This course is part of the 2+2 agreement with UNR. This course is not needed for NSC.


Students completing the emphasis will demonstrate the scope of knowledge and skills based on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards.

The INTASC standards are:
  1. The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and the structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
  2. The teacher understands how children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.
  3. The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
  4. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
  5. The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.
  6. The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  7. The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, the community, and curriculum goals.
  8. The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.
  9. The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  10. The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well-being.

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.