General Studies/Transfer Studies

Secondary Education Social Studies

Certificate of Applied Science • 63 Credit Hours

The General Studies/Transfer Studies Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Social Studies Education serves as a foundation for continued studies in secondary education, grades 5-Adult at a four-year institution.

Learn skills in history, the humanities, the social sciences, and education.

The AA degree can establish the foundation for a lifetime of continual learning and serve as a framework for a productive professional and personal life. This degree gives emphasis to practical skills in communication and critical thinking, which may lead to employment such as a paraprofessional in education; however, the goal of this program is successful transfer with junior status to an upper division baccalaureate degree program in secondary education.

Students planning to major in History can also follow this pathway for a seamless transfer to a four-year college or university.


Teacher’s Assistant

2019 Median Pay
$28,900 per year

Number of Jobs
1,395,900 in 2019

Job Outlook
2019-2029 4%

Average employment.

For the most current salary information, please refer to the Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook” found online at

Admission Requirements

The college adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Applicants with neither a high school diploma nor GED may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Potential Employers

  • Paraprofessional

Career Outlook: projected to grow 32 percent from 2018 to 2028

Employment of teacher assistants is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment along with state and federal funding for education programs should affect growth.

Teacher assistants are more of a supplementary position, as opposed to teachers, who hold a primary position. Therefore, teacher assistants’ employment opportunities may depend on school districts’ budgets. Schools are more likely to eliminate teacher assistant positions rather than teacher positions when there is a budget shortfall and more likely to hire teacher assistants when there is a budget surplus.

Want to learn more about this program?
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Kathryn Hopkins
Associate Professor - History

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