Education

Program Director/Program Coordinator
Name Don Becker, M.S.
Title Adjunct Instructor of Education
Room M-314
Program Area Arts & Humanities
Phone 409-944-1317
Email

dbecker@gc.edu

Admin Support Jo Ann Palomo Ext. 317
Student Success Coach/Advisor
Name

Deon Botha

Elvia Bytautas

Geisu Lewis

Dr. Latoya Mills

Ext 220

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Education Department

Welcome to the Education Department home page. Through partnerships with local school districts and four-year universities, Galveston College prepares students to be successful in the field of education.  The information on this site will help answer most questions for those who are interested in becoming taking courses in the Education Department of Galveston College.

We currently offer an Associate of Science in Education, which will provide the foundational preparation for those transferring to a four-year university to complete their bachelor’s degree in education.  Additionally, graduates are also qualified to become paraprofessionals or substitute teachers at their local school district.

Mission Statement

It is the goal of the Education Department at Galveston College to introduce students to aspects of teaching while providing practical experience in the field. Faculty are committed to offering a high-quality program with opportunities for stewardship and excellence.

What is the Role of an Education Major?

Education majors generally study courses that assist them in the teaching of students from kindergarten to high school. Degree plans focus on preparation of the education student from basic sharing of knowledge with students to coping with special populations. Education majors also have the opportunity to do field work in their selected areas of specialization.

Non Majors

Students not majoring in education are welcome to enroll in available courses as electives.

Department Faculty

Galveston College’s Education Faculty have excellent credentials and practical experience in the field.

Degree Plans

Students majoring in Education generally begin by taking core courses in English, government, math and science. In their second year of courses, education majors take Introduction to Teaching and Introduction to Special Populations.  Students are also encouraged to take additional courses in the content that they would like to teach. Classes are small with individualized instruction; students are encouraged to learn a myriad of skills in preparation for teaching in addition to the engagement in field work.  Following the completion of course work at Galveston College, students are assisted with finding the best four-year institution for transfer and completion of a four-year degree in Education.

Course Descriptions

EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession

Prerequisites: None

An enriched, integrated pre-service course and content experience that provides active recruitment and institutional support of students interested in a teaching career, especially in high need fields. The course provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations at all levels of P-12 schools with varied and diverse student populations and provides students with support from college and school faculty, preferably in small cohort groups, for the purpose of introduction to and analysis of the culture of schooling and classrooms. Course content should be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards. Course must include a minimum of 16 contact hours of field experience in P-12 classrooms.

EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations

Prerequisites: EDUC 1301

An enriched, integrated pre-service course and content experience that provides an overview of schooling and classrooms from the perspectives of language, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic and academic diversity, and equity with an emphasis on factors that facilitate learning. The course provides students with opportunities to participate in early field observations of P-12 special populations and should be aligned as applicable with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities standards. Must include a minimum of 16 contact hours of field experience in P-12 classrooms with special populations.

Employment Outlook

Employment of education, training, and library occupations is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 888,900 new jobs are projected to be added from 2016 to 2026.

Enrollment is projected to increase at both the college and university level and among public elementary and secondary schools, therefore post-secondary teachers and preschool, elementary and secondary school teachers will be needed to meet the demand. Education, training, and library occupations, however, are affected by state and local budgets, and budgetary restrictions can limit employment growth.

The median annual wage for education, training, and library occupations was $48,740 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Education, Training, and Library Occupations