The Teacher Education Program at Los Angeles Pierce College (LAPC) is a Liberal Studies transfer program designed to provide students with lower division, state-of-the art instruction, and the academic support necessary to seamlessly transfer to the university as a Junior.

The education courses examine the fundamental theories of the American educational institution in its social, political, and economic contexts. Concepts and methods from the fields of sociology, philosophy, and the politics of education are used to analyze the current conditions of American schools and contemporary issues, including the roles of the American school in a democratic, multi-cultural society. We will explore how the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of education and school organizations are used to evaluate selected proposals and models for reform. Additionally, the education courses allow students to complete their pre-service fieldwork requirements for the Credential Program. This major prepares students predominately for a career in teaching, but it also allows students to consider other areas in the field of education.

We have an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in Elementary Teacher Education, and our guided pathways allow students to seamlessly enter the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) for Juniors at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), or other California State Universities where offered, such that students can earn their bachelor's degree and teaching credential at the same time. Students who prefer to follow the traditional pathway of completing their bachelor's degree first, and then enrolling in the Credential Program post-baccalaureate, will be equally prepared.

Additionally, students who complete the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in Elementary Teacher Education will also earn:

  • an Associate Degree in General Studies
  • an Associate Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • an Associate Degree in General Studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (by taking one more 3-unit course in STEM)