UC Clermont

Pre-Secondary Education

Associate of Arts

Why study Pre-Secondary Education?

The Pre-Secondary Education program is designed as a NKU transfer pathway. Education is the profession of teaching. Teachers act as coaches, using interactive discussions and "hands-on" approaches to help students learn and apply concepts in subjects such as science, mathematics and English. They provide the tools and the environment for their students to learn abstract concepts, solve problems and develop critical thought processes.

Secondary school teachers help students delve even more deeply into subjects introduced in elementary and middle school, and continue exposing them to more information about the world. Secondary school teachers specialize in a specific subject, such as English, mathematics, history or biology.

Teachers also play a vital role in the development of their students. They often become role models for pre-adolescents and adolescents. What children learn and experience during these years can shape their views of themselves and the world and will affect their later success or failure in school, work and their personal lives.

A bachelor’s degree in education is the minimum educational requirement for entering the teaching profession. This program provides you with the first two years toward completion of your bachelor’s degree. It is for students who intend to transfer to Northern Kentucky University to complete their bachelor's.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

You must have the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, motivate students and understand their educational and emotional needs. You must be able to recognize and respond to individual and cultural differences. Flexibility and adaptability are important. You should also be organized, dependable, patient and creative. You must be able to work cooperatively and communicate effectively with other teachers, support staff, parents and members of the community. You should enjoy and respect children and adolescents.

With your bachelor’s degree and proper licensing, your employment opportunities include the following:

  • teacher
  • instructor
  • tutor

Advanced degrees are generally required for careers as a director, principal, superintendent, librarian and guidance counselor.

The UC Clermont campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty to student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

We also maintain close ties with area school administrators through the Educational Advisory Committee (representatives from the classroom, pupil personnel, counselors and county board of education offices).

For information about teaching in the state of Ohio, visit the Ohio Department of Education website.

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services (513) 732-5319 for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

To transfer to UC Clermont, you must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices including ours, (513) 732-5319. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Enrollment Services
Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5319
clermont.admissions@uc.edu