The Education discipline offers preparation for multiple- and single-subject teaching credentials as well as introductory courses to assist students in making career choices. A liberal studies major is recommended for students planning to transfer to CSU to earn a multiple-subject (grades K-6) credential. Requirements vary among transfer institutions, so students planning to earn a bachelor's degree and teaching credential should meet with a MiraCosta College counselor early in their first semester to identify courses that will meet requirements for their intended major and transfer institution.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Mark Whitney

Dean: Al Taccone

Office: Building OC4800, 760.795.6811

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EDUC 115: Foundations of Teaching as a Profession

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (0801.00)

An orientation to careers in K-12 education. Participation in 45 hours of supervised fieldwork assignments in K-12 classroom settings. Focuses on teaching and schooling from multiple perspectives, with an emphasis on current thinking and practices in public education in the U.S. Subjects from sociological, philosophical, and historical foundations of education are addressed. Readings from the lives of teachers and interactions with local educators will assist students to understand the richness and complexity of teaching as a career. Emphasizes the importance of education for all children in a diverse society. Intended for individuals interested in becoming teachers, to understand the nature of formal education in the United States, and to assess teaching as a career.

EDUC 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.