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In what environment do you learn best? Is it the same as your friends or siblings?

We all have different ways we approach learning and studying, and one of the many roles of a teacher is to help students discover what enables them to learn to the best of their natural skills and abilities.

Becoming a teacher is a noble profession. It's an act of giving something intangible yet fundamentally associated with the development of an individual's potential and their ability for economic and societal upward mobility. Education in a nurturing environment allows us as a society to continue to be innovators and critical thinkers, moving forward on the foundation of what those before us have taught.

At San Diego City College, you'll uncover the framework behind America's educational system through a political, societal and historical lens. You'll explore educational theory and practice, look into different teaching, learning and research methodologies, and delve into the current issues surrounding curriculum and teaching. You'll foster problem-solving and conflict resolution techniques and critical-thinking skills for classroom management and creative learning. You'll develop fluency with fundamental skills of literacy development, individual and small group tutoring, classroom management, and other routine teaching skills.

We offer an Associate in Arts Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elementary Multiple Subject Teaching Preparation. If you plan to attend a four-year institution upon graduation, we recommend seeing a counselor to discuss the requirements you'll need to meet for the college or university you wish to attend.

Most positions in education require a bachelor's degree, and many require a master's degree. There are paraprofessional positions such as a teacher's assistant that are obtainable with an associate degree. Other careers are teaching in k-12 or post-secondary levels, working in social service agencies, museums, daycare centers, recreation leaders, educational advocacy centers such as Boys & Girls Club and organizations, group homes, most positions need at least a baccalaureate and many a masters towards getting your teaching credentials.

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100 Tutor Training - .5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass Only)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49 and Mathematics 34A, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5, W5 and M20. 
Limitation on Enrollment: Student must have completed a minimum of 12 units of college credit with an accumulated grade point average of 3.0 or better in subject area he/she will tutor. 
This course prepares college-level students for tutoring adult/college students. Student trainees learn about tutoring methods as well as how to use appropriate written and mediated instructional materials. The course includes supervised tutoring practice. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

150 Advanced Tutor Training - .5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass Only)

Advisory: Education 100 and Computer Business Technology 120 each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent. 
The course is designed to prepare college level persons for tutoring adult/college students in an online environment. Online tutoring methods, use of appropriate written and mediated instructional materials and equipment, and supervised practice tutoring are included in this course. Online tutoring techniques and methodology are emphasized. Laboratory hours are by arrangement with the tutorial center coordinators. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

200 Teaching as a Profession - 2 hours lecture, 2 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6. 
This course is a study of the foundations and issues related to effective instruction in reading, writing, science and mathematics. Emphasis is placed on both curriculum and pedagogy. Students also explore current educational career options. This course is designed for students considering teaching as a profession as well as for paraprofessionals and tutors. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

203 Service Learning for Prospective Teachers - 1 hour lecture, 1 unit (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Limitation on Enrollment: Health and Safety. Student must meet safety and health clearance standards for public school volunteer experience placement. 
This course is designed for students considering teaching as a profession, and for prospective tutors. The purpose of this class is to provide early, supervised experience to pre-service teachers in the form of service learning. Experiential learning activities include observing and/or tutoring at various educational levels. Through this service learning, students are made aware of skills needed in the teaching profession. Additionally, they are mentored in the application of classroom management techniques and routine teaching skills required in the public schools. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

270 Teaching as a Profession-Work Experience - Hours by Arrangement (One unit of credit is earned for each 75 hours of paid employment or 60 hours of volunteer work.), 1-4 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Education 200 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, and approval of Work Experience Coordinator. 
This course is directed work study designed to provide the pre-service teacher with an opportunity to apply classroom theory in a public school setting with an assigned Work Experience supervisor. It is the purpose of this course to provide early supervised experience to pre-service teachers in order that they may begin to develop fluency with fundamental skills of literacy development, individual and small group tutoring, classroom management, and other routine teaching skills required in public schools. (FT) AA/AS; CSU. 

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 310. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.