The education programs at Bergen are designed to assist those students who wish to become Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary school teachers.

We are excited to offer several degree options, including the AS in Education, the AAS in Early Childhood Education and the Infant-Toddler Credential.

Education Option

The Education option introduces students to the field of teaching and prepares them to enter a baccalaureate degree program in education. In addition to studying the history, philosophy, and practices of education students are offered the opportunity to engage in service learning or field experience in school settings under the supervision of experienced classroom teachers.

Students should determine the requirements of the college to which they wish to transfer and, with the aid of college advising and counseling services, select elective subjects accordingly.

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Understand the historical and philosophical foundations of American education;
  • Interpret current issues facing educators on the basis of study and research;
  • Take responsibility for their own learning as they make the transition from learners to teacher/learners;
  • Understand how children learn and develop, and provide learning opportunities that support a child’s intellectual, social and personal development;
  • Understand how students differ in their approaches to learning and create instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners;
  • Develop effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom;
  • Develop and demonstrate a variety of teaching techniques and strategies;
  • Create and implement planned instructional activities for individuals, small and large groups;
  • Describe and use assessment measures;
  • Develop their own teaching proficiency based on study research and practice.

Admission requires a high school diploma or its equivalent. To be admitted, an applicant must demonstrate competency in English and reading as determined by placement testing.

Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education option is designed to meet the needs of students interested in careers as education assistants or teacher aides in schools, day care center, or similar institutions. Individuals currently holding para-professional positions in education may use this option to enhance classroom and related skills.

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Conduct small instructional groups under the supervision of a teacher;
  • Tutor individual students in selected subjects;
  • Implement lesson plans that have specific goals and procedures;
  • Operate standard support audio/visual, computer and office equipment.

Admission to the program requires a high school diploma or its equivalent and competency in English as demonstrated through placement testing.