Jana Mendiola earned her Adult High School Diploma and two associate degrees from GCC, including an Associate of Arts in Education and an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education. "The instructors were very encouraging," she says. "They made me feel like I could be successful at this." Jana is now an instructor at Sagan Fina'na'guen Fino Chamoru Day Care in Dededo.
The Associate of Arts Degree in Education is designed to provide entry-level training for persons interested in working in educational settings. Emphasis is placed on competency-based skill development in a broad range of educational areas. All courses taken for the Certificate in Education also fulfill the requirements for the Associate of Arts in Education degree. Only technical requirement courses which have a grade of “C” or better will be counted towards the Associate degree.
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The GCC Advantage
The advantage of earning an associate degree in Education from Guam Community College is that the faculty, staff and administrators take to heart its mission - "to be a leader in career and technical workforce development by providing the highest quality education and job training in Micronesia."
Our instructors care about and want their students to succeed. Often, they will spend the extra time to make sure a concept is clear, and that students understand the practical, real-life applications of the classroom concepts they are learning.
All students who declare a major are assigned an Academic Advisor. Students are strongly urged to visit your advisor, who can help you draft an educational plan with course sequencing that meets your personal, academic, and career goals.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the AA in Education program, students will be able to:
Demonstrate professionalism and ethical conduct within the educational field.
Demonstrate appropriate knowledge, disposition and skills needed to effectively work with students, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and student with special needs.
Pan and demonstrate developementally and age-appropriate teaching strategies needed to effectively work with students in a classroom setting.
The Education program’s mission is to prepare individuals to be professional educators, show a positive attitude toward all students and their families, and obtain the skills to plan and implement a program that is safe, educational, and healthy.