Pre-Education

Pre-Education Degrees From Oklahoma City Community College

 

  • Overview

    A career in public or private education can be both exciting and diverse.

    You could teach preschoolers their ABCs and 123s. You could teach grade school students to read and write. Or, if your calling is in the area of special education, you could see the faces of your students light up as they begin to understand a lesson.

    Essentially, as a teacher, your job is to help your students discover the world. At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in pre-education and be on your way to a classroom of your own.

    Get started on your teaching degree today! Complete an online community college admissions application.

  • Overview

    A career in public or private education can be both exciting and diverse.

    You could teach preschoolers their ABCs and 123s. You could teach grade school students to read and write. Or, if your calling is in the area of special education, you could see the faces of your students light up as they begin to understand a lesson.

    Essentially, as a teacher, your job is to help your students discover the world. At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in pre-education and be on your way to a classroom of your own.

    Get started on your teaching degree today! Complete an online community college admissions application.

  • Highlights

    Every day, teachers help their students discover their world by working to unlock their learning potential as well as increase their intellectual and social development. 

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job prospects for teachers are good with opportunities varying by geographic area and subject taught. It takes a special person to teach. Days can be long, and paychecks small. But talk to most teachers, and they’ll tell you the greatest pay-off is in the smiles and success of your students.

    If you think you want to become a junior high or high school teacher, you should follow a degree program in the discipline you plan to teach. For example, you might want to focus on English or language, arts, history, or math. An academic advisor can suggest the area for you.

  • Degree Options

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can tailor your course selections in some areas to help you transition more smoothly to a four-year college or university and continue toward earning your bachelor’s degree and certification. In some cases, course selections must be approved by your faculty advisor prior to completion.

    The options should be chosen only after careful consideration and consultation with a faculty advisor who will help guide you. Remember that each four-year college or university not only meets the state certification requirements but also its institution’s requirements, too.

    An associate in science degree in pre-education will give you the academic foundation to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a degree in one of the following: elementary education, early childhood education or special education.

  • Courses

    Pre-Education Classes at Oklahoma City Community College:

    Courses required for an associate degree in pre-education include all of the usual general education courses, but the following list provides additional required courses.

    • Introduction to Sociology, or
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Introduction to Public Speaking
    • Introduction to Literature
    • World Regional Geography
    • Biological Science Elective, four credit hours approved by your faculty advisor, or
    • Physical Science Elective, four credit hours approved by your faculty advisor
    • Music Appreciation

    Other requirements may include additional math, modern languages and other courses that fit those for your chosen four-year college or university.

    Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details on your pre-education degree. You can also check the current community college class schedule for evening and online options.

  • Faculty
    Lori Farr

    Lori Farr


    Professor of English

    Lori Farr is a Professor of English and has been with Oklahoma City Community College for five years.  She currently teaches College Preparation English I and II, and Success in College and Life courses at Oklahoma City Community College.  Lori began her teaching career at the University of Oklahoma where she provided instruction to incoming developmental students in reading, writing, vocabulary development, research, and study skills.  She has also taught language arts, social studies, and math to middle school students.  Before coming to OCCC, she was employed by Edison Schools, Inc., a private management company that assisted at-risk schools around the country to increase student achievement.  She served as a National Curriculum Coordinator for Literacy Development to improve literacy development in grades K-12.  During her seven years with Edison Schools, she became increasingly more committed to students in developmental education.  She works to transform teaching and learning continually so that students show achievement each year and increase their opportunities in college, work, and life.  Her current passion is working with college level students to ensure they also have successful experiences that will lead to achievement of their dreams.

     
    Carlotta Hill

    Carlotta Hill


    Professor of English

    Carlotta Hill has had an extensive career as a professor at Oklahoma City Community College.  Prior to her teaching career at Oklahoma City Community College, she taught in Moore, Oklahoma and in Warren, Ohio.  In her teaching, Professor Hill applies the philosophy of her father, who was a biology professor: “The eye sees what the mind knows.”  It is her belief that the more individuals can “know” the more they will be able to “see” and appreciate the amazing world we live in. We, as educators, have the divine purpose and pleasure of helping our students to “see.”  

     
    Tonya Kymes

    Tonya Kymes


    Professor of English

    Native Oklahoman First Generation college student with Cherokee and Creek American Indian background and my interests are Rhetoric and Composition studies, film studies, and finding innovative ways to teach my students. I have been teaching on the college level for 13 years and love the fact that I encounter and get to know students from a similar socioeconomic background as myself.

     
    Marybeth McCauley

    Marybeth McCauley


    Professor of English

    Marybeth McCauley began her educational career at Keystone Learning Center and eventually completed a M.A. degree in English with Creative Writing Emphasis at UCO. In addition to currently teaching Comp I, Comp II, and Creative Writing, she is the faculty editor and advisor for Absolute, the literary journal at OCCC.  

     
    Stephen Morrow

    Stephen Morrow


    Professor of English

    At heart, I am a teacher.I studied Philosophy at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and at The University of Dallas.  I became very interested in both the Philosophy of Religion and the Philosophy of Science, two great loves of my life still today, with an evolving love for the Philosophy of Peace.  I studied English and Education at Oklahoma City University, and now use all my incredible education in the Humanities as a source of both knowledge and passion in my classes.I have studied cooperative learning with the two gurus of the field, David and Roger Johnson. My great intellectual hero is Parker Palmer, and  I am proud to say he is now a friend and someone whom I work with professionally.  I am involved through his organization, Courage and Renewal, and I am now involved in his new work in revitalizing democracy.I love our students, my field of the Humanities, and teaching.  You will always be welcome in my courses and will be treated like an equal Socratic soul-all of just trying to figure out this big, beautiful world!

     
    Mary Punches

    Mary Punches


    Professor of English

    I am a native Oklahoman.  Born and raised in the northwestern part of the state, I was a first generation college student at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where I received my BA in English Education.  My MA is from the University of Oklahoma.  I love teaching and learning at OCCC.  I am ever-mindful that a special group of teachers took an interest in, encouraged, and molded me. I am still trying to pay back that support. Outside of class, I enjoy reading:  Scandinavian fiction, detective fiction, and biographies are my favorites.  I love to travel, watch movies, and yell for the Thunder—all in the company of my husband of 30+ years.    

     
    Linda Robinett

    Linda Robinett


    Professor of English

    Linda Robinett received her B.A in English and M.S.in Education(Reading)from Oklahoma State University. She has taught developmental reading and writing classes at Oklahoma City Community College for many years and coordinates the CPE program at OCCC. She enjoys reading, spending time at the lake with her family, music and movies.  She loves her pets:  a feisty Jack Russell, two lazy cats, and one spoiled  horse.

     
    Nina Smith

    Nina Smith


    Professor of English

    Central Oklahoma has been my home all my life: prairies, thunderstorms, orange-hued sunsets, and tornadoes. Wherever I have been, books have resided. The inquiring mind always needs another book. Alongside my books, films are parked: silent, classic, current, documentaries. History Channel, History 2, Science Channel, Ovation, and Discovery Channel are my most-watched satellite channels for research-based viewing: Battles B.C., Ancients Behaving Badly, How the Earth was Made, What Is Art? etc. Turner Classic Movies is tops for cinema: uncut, shown in the correct aspect ratio, original language, and commercial free! These are all absolutes for the serious movie buff! My B.A. was awarded to me by the University of Oklahoma, and my M.A. was awarded to me by the University of Central Oklahoma.  

     
    Bertha Wise

    Bertha Wise


    Professor of English

    I have lived in Oklahoma for over 30 years, but before that I was in many other states, including South Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, California, and Arizona.  I also lived in Japan for two years, an experience for sure!  I started my educational journey at a college in South Carolina, but earned my BS in English Education at UCO and went on to earn an MA in English at UCO too.  Being the first in my family to earn college degrees, I say it's not out of the question, if one wants it badly enough.  I started teaching as an adjunct in 1985 at various colleges in the Oklahoma City area: Rose State College, OSU-OKC, UCO, and OCCC.  In 1991, I became a full-time professor at OCCC.  Through the years, I have been afforded many opportunities to be a part of the OCCC community as a department chair, first faculty director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, coordinator of multi-divisional programs, and co-chair of the 2011 accreditation self-study.  I am an active member of the Two-Year College English Association in the Southwest Region (TYCA_SW) as well as participating in many other professional activities.  I write poetry and have read at various locations over the years, most notably in Ukraine, Wales, Seminole, OK.  I was a featured poet at the Poetry at Rose (Rose State College) one year, too.  I enjoy reading and traveling when I can.  I also take care of my husband and two kitties and have a daughter and son, both grown with families of their own.  I am a proud grandmother of a granddaughter and three grandsons too.

     
    Mark Zindelo

    Mark Zindelo


    Professor of English/ Multicultural English Program Coordinator

    In his spare time he: Practices Tae Kwon Do, runs half marathons, lifts weights at a south side gym, practices mindful meditation, reads books about quantum physics and spirituality, leads seminars as an Oklahoma State certified HIV Educator, provides homeless outreach with Be The Change Oklahoma, tutors English writing and speaking to Korean and Hispanic adults and high school students in the Oklahoma City and Edmond area, Watches Star Trek and Falling Skies episodes. Mark is married to a Korean national, is always mindful that he was raised in poverty, believes everyone should work together to make our short time on Earth enjoyable and feels people should Google pictures of families dying from malnutrition to get some perspective about how important our personal squabbles with each other are.  Before teaching at OCCC Professor Zindelo: Was a reporter for newspapers across the Midwest including the Des Moines Register, Knoxville Journal and the National Examiner tabloid, once was almost hit by a can of creamed corn thrown by Clint Eastwood in anger and taught Tae Kwon Do and fought competitively.  

     
  • After OCCC

    With an associate degree in pre-education from Oklahoma City Community College, you will want to transfer after graduation to a four-year-university to continue your academic and career pursuits.

    Our degree program gives you a firm foundation in the basics you need to know to one day teach early childhood education, elementary education or special education.












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