Do you have a passion for knowledge and a desire to inspire the next generation? The teaching profession welcomes future educators who enjoy working with young people and who themselves aspire to be lifelong learners. The Education Program at Olympic College prepares students to meet the pre-teaching requirements of four-year colleges and universities in the State of Washington. By getting grounded in foundational education coursework, students gain a head start on a rewarding career that benefits future generations and society as a whole.
This field may be right for you if:
- You are passionate about igniting learning in others
- You value the role of education as a vehicle for social change
- You enjoy helping children and young people maximize their potential both in the classroom and recreationally.
- You love finding creative ways to meet the needs of all learners
Good writing skills and communication skills are essential, and students should expect to hone these skills throughout their educational careers.
Students who plan to major in education at a four-year institution should complete their Olympic College associate degree by pursuing a broad range of social science and humanities courses in addition to the required education courses.
In addition to obtaining a teaching position, a degree in Education can enable students to pursue school administration, marketing, and communication roles in the public and private sectors. Please see the Careers section of this website for more information.
If you are considering a career as an educator, connect our Welcome Center and someone from our staff will follow up with you right away.
Courses to Consider this Winter
You love to teach! Enroll in Education classes at OC. These classes are great for anyone who works with kids or is planning to become an instructional assistant.
- EDUC 120 – Instructional Strategies
- EDUC 123 – Classroom Management
- EDUC& 202 – Classroom Management (satisfies Social Science requirement for associate degree)
Olympic College offers education courses that meet the pre-teaching requirements of the four-year colleges and universities in Washington. Consider taking Education courses for your distribution requirements or electives while working to complete your Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA).
Students should check with their intended four- year college or university for specific undergraduate requirements that may be fulfilled via Olympic College Distribution Requirements for the Associate in Arts- Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)
Courses to Consider
- EDUC 199 - Practicum, Credits: 1-5 (minimum of 2 credits)
- EDUC& 202 - Introduction to Education, Credits: 5
- EDUC 120 - Instructional Strategies, Credits: 5 (Restricted Elective)
- EDUC 123 - Classroom Management, Credits: 5 (Restricted Elective)
- EDUC 140- Introduction to Special Education, Credits: 5 (Restricted Elective)
Every student is assigned an advising team consisting of your Student Success Coach and Faculty Advisor. Your Faculty Advisor is determined once you decide on your specific academic program. The following professors are Faculty Advisors for History.
Education is part of the Social Sciences & Humanities Division (SSH). Visit the SSH Division webpage for more info, including support resources and services, and contact info for division staff and the dean. The Social Sciences & Humanities Division can assist you with:
- Connecting with faculty
- Finding campus resources
- Support for procedural processes such as a grade appeal or student complaint.