Department: Education

The Education Department offers degree programs that lead to rewarding careers in Gerontology, Community Health Education, and Early Childhood Education. The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree program is recommended for students interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree, while the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree programs are designed for students who plan to enter the workforce immediately after graduation. The Associate in Science (A.S) degree program prepares students for the job market in the health care industry and for transfer to senior institutions where they can continue their studies and career aspirations. The department also has offerings in physical fitness, nutrition, and mental health.

The faculty of the Education Department is committed to student well-being. As such, counseling, advisement, education, and other assistance are made available to students both in and out of the classroom.

The mission of the Education Department is to advance knowledge centered in research and grounded in best practice in the fields of Gerontology, Health Education, Physical Education, and Teacher Education to prepare competent, caring, effective practitioners. Embracing a global perspective to address the needs of all learners, the Education Department nurtures students by providing experiential learning and service opportunities within the community; fosters a holistic approach to teaching and learning by helping students develop intellectual, communication, and workplace skills that provide a strong background to further students’ career and academic goals; and promotes faculty engagement in research and community service.

Physical Education Unit  

The philosophy of the Physical Education Unit is to provide students with educational experiences to help them meet the needs of individual physical fitness and leisure living.  The unit attempts to express its philosophy in the following ways:

1. The Unit seeks to ensure that each student acquires a comprehensive understanding of physical fitness, dynamic health, and leisure living; the   ability to identify personal fitness and leisure living needs on a continuing basis; the experience of counseling techniques which explore available options toward meeting individual fitness and leisure living needs; and basic and advanced skills in healthful physical activities of the student's own selection.  

2. Students who are interested in planning a concentration in physical education are advised to consult with the Physical Education Unit Coordinator.  

All required physical education modules within the program are to be taken from among modules PED 100 to PED 146. Courses identified with an asterisk (*) will be offered when there is sufficient demand.  

 Urban Health Studies Unit

The mission of the Urban Health Studies Unit is four-fold:  

1. The Urban Health Studies Unit serves to introduce students to a wide range of educational experiences within the health field by offering an interdisciplinary overview of basic health concepts (common to all the health professions) derived from biological, behavioral, and social sciences.  Emphasis is placed on human relations skills essential for effective performance in the health professions.  The generic curriculum is organized around three major components: scientific knowledge, attitude exploration, and behavioral concepts related to health. 

2. The Urban Health Studies Unit offers students, enrolled in career programs, courses which are accepted by the appropriate accrediting agencies and designed to complement their professional studies.  Courses are regularly offered and reserved in order to accommodate their rigorous, professional schedule.  The Urban Health curriculum relies heavily on an interdisciplinary approach developing guided learning experiences which are relevant to these emerging health professionals.  Students who want to prepare for a career that involves working with older adults may pursue a course of study leading to an A.A.S. Degree in Gerontology. 

3. The Urban Health Studies Unit strives to meet the needs of Spanish dominant students by offering them the opportunity to take required career courses in their native language while they continue to develop their English skills. 

4. The goal of the A.S. degree in Community Health Education is to educate an emerging group of public health professionals in an effort to increase diversity in health-related fields.