The department of social sciences at Bergen Community College offers a wide variety of in-person and online courses in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology and social work. The courses in the department are part of degree-granting programs and most satisfy requirements for general education. Students should select courses in the department by the statement of requirements for the specific programs in which they are enrolled. The goals of the department include providing a variety of social and behavioral scientific paradigms for students to analyze the complexities of individual, group, community, and societal relationships and issues within a global arena. By stimulating intellectual curiosity and critical thinking, students can gain a valuable foundation for personal growth and application towards further study and ultimately a rewarding career.
Students in the early childhood education option take courses on topics related to the practical applications of major educational theories, how to professionally conduct classroom observations, evaluate student learning, explore research and evidence-based practices for teaching, how to develop engaging and instructional lesson plans, and also have the opportunity to demonstrate lessons to students in field classrooms. Additionally, students are introduced to topics related to: foundations and history of the education system, the organization and structure of schools systems, the integration of technology in education, teaching exceptional and diverse students, and concepts related to multicultural education.
The professional studies Associate of Science degree (A.S.) is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution, pursue a bachelor’s degree in education, and pursue teacher certification in the following areas: Early Childhood Education, Elementary, Middle School or Secondary Education. Students can take coursework and concentrated options in early childhood education. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers in education, such as assistant or substitute teacher, group teacher, tutor/mentor, paraprofessional, and teacher’s aide. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.
Students pursuing the Associates of Science degree (A.S) can transfer into majors, such as education or early childhood education to pursue teacher certification. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.