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Human Services Pathway

Transfer Programs

Criminal Justice/Corrections or Law Enforcement

Students may choose to begin their coursework at JC and then transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. These students may manage prison systems, serve in law enforcement departments at the state and federal level or become parole and probation officers.

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year, Fall Semester
First Year, Winter Semester
Second Year, Fall Semester
Second Year, Winter Semester

*Check mathematics requirements of transfer institution.

**MSU transfer students register for PSY 144

Criminal Justice – Bachelor's Degree option with Siena Heights University

Students can work with staff from JC and Siena Heights University to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice. Tailored to build on the JC associate degrees in law enforcement or corrections, students can transfer up to 90 credits from JC and complete at least 30 hours credit from Siena with a minimum of 18 hours of criminal justice classes. All the courses for the bachelor’s degree in criminal justice are available at the JC main campus through the Siena Heights University degree completion center.

Psychology

Psychology covers a broad range of topics. Psychologists specialize in such areas as clinical psychology, counseling psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, neuropsychology, educational psychology, experimental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology and cross-cultural psychology. Specialization begins after transferring and continues through graduate work. The first two years of coursework are similar regardless of the specialization.

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year, Fall Semester
First Year, Winter Semester
First Year, Spring Semester
Second Year, Fall Semester
Second Year, Winter Semester

Social Work

Students planning a career in social work will learn to identify problems affecting individuals and their environment, become more aware and sensitive to issues of race, ethnicity, religion and gender and use their knowledge, skills and values to enhance the quality and delivery of services in the community. To prepare to become a social worker students obtain either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Students need to investigate the programs at their intended transfer institution to be sure they offer the desired program. All social work programs are competitive.

Suggested Course Sequence

First Year, Fall Semester
First Year, Winter Semester
First Year, Spring Semester
Second Year, Fall Semester
Second Year, Winter Semester

*Check mathematics requirements at transfer institution.

Pre-Law

Pre-law is a major often selected by students interested in pursuing careers in government or law. For many students, a bachelor’s degree in political science is the first step toward their ultimate goal of an advanced degree in programs such as public administration, law or urban planning, to name a few.

Suggested Course Sequence FOR PRE–LAW

First Year, Fall Semester
First Year, Winter Semester
Second Year, Fall Semester
Second Year, Winter Semester

Early Childhood & Teacher Education

The field of education changes rapidly and aspiring teachers must be motivated and dedicated to academic excellence and willing to face the challenges presented in the real world of students, teachers, classrooms and schools in our 21st century. Students pursuing either an elementary, special education or secondary teaching certificate need to major and/ or minor in subject disciplines they plan to teach. All students pursuing teacher certification should plan to take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification: Basic Skills (reading, writing and mathematics) during the second semester of their freshman year or after completion of 15-30 freshman college credit hours. All colleges require successful completion of this test before acceptance into their departments of education. For information on test dates, registration and cost, contact the Student Center, the teacher education academic advisor, the education coordinator, or the JC Teacher Education website at: www.jccmi.edu/academics/teachereducation.

Each four-year institution has additional requirements for admission into their college/school of education. Students must investigate specific requirements in the teacher education program offered by their intended transfer institution, including information pertaining to certification major and minor areas. Each four-year institution offers teacher certification in particular subject areas. Early in the second semester of the freshman year, students should contact their intended transfer institution for up-to date transfer information.

Students must first be admitted to the four-year institution and then follow the specific institution’s procedure for admittance into that institution’s college/school of education. Acceptance into a four-year college is not an automatic acceptance into their college/school of education. To become a state certified teacher in Michigan, a student must earn a bachelor’s degree in education and pass the Michigan Basic Skills Test as well as the content test in their major and minor(s).

Early Childhood & Elementary Education

The curriculum for students planning to become early childhood or elementary teachers varies considerably depending on teaching major and/or minors chosen and intended transfer institutions. Please see an advisor for additional information for the full-time early childhood and elementary education student program at JC. Additional math and science requirements are part of the updated elementary certification.

Secondary Education & Special Education

Students planning to become a secondary education teacher or a special education teacher must follow the recommended course of study provided by the transfer institution. Consult the transfer institution of choice for requirements as early as possible for course selection recommendations.

JC Teacher Education Features

JC’s program for education majors benefits the student by:

  • A specially designed booklet for Early Childhood and Teacher Education advising available from the teacher education advisor or the program coordinator.
  • Partnerships with and transfer facilitation to four-year institutions.
  • Focusing on education issues and perspectives through:
    • EDU focused general education curriculum courses (ex. Chemistry 131 – special section with education focus).
    • Student forums and events where subject matter relative to education and the teaching profession is presented, discussed and clarified.
    • Newsletters and web site information www.jccmi.edu/academics/teachereducation/.
    • The ability to earn an associate degree while preparing to transfer to a four-year institution.

JC recommends by the end of the freshman year each student:

  • Investigate and decide a major/minor subject to teach.
  • Investigate and decide on a transfer four-year institution.
  • Complete application for the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC-Basic Skills).
  • Contact desired transfer institution for information regarding accepted courses or follow that institution’s transfer guidelines.
ADDITIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION COURSES OFFERED AT JC INCLUDE:

*Several EDU focus courses are available each semester. Check the teacher education web site at www.jccmi.edu/programs/teachereducation/. See respective areas for course descriptions. Always check your transfer institution for transferability

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* You may meet this prerequisite based on your course placement, ACT score or successful college coursework. Visit our web site for current assessment options and requirements.

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