Why choose NPC?
Northland Pioneer College offers a selection of essential programs that prepare you for a variety of educational careers.
School districts are one of the largest employers in NPC service area, with 22 public school districts and 35 Bureau of Indian Education facilities. Yet there is high turnover, especially for educational assistants, due to the lack of training.
School officials tell us they need trained paraprofessionals to work as teacher assistants in regular and special needs classrooms and one-on-one with pupils. NPC's Education Studies prepare the skilled workers needed by our local schools and provide a foundation for additional studies to become elementary or secondary educators.
Why Study Education Studies Programs
If you plan to teach at the high school level, a smart option to consider is earning one of three foundational NPC transfer degrees: Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Business (ABus) or Associate of Science (AS). These transfer degrees not only provide background for subjects you plan to teach, but, more importantly, satisfy the requirements of the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC). You can transfer these NPC degree credits to any of the three state universities and save thousands of dollars in undergraduate expense.
For more flexibility in your course of study, ask your academic adviser about the Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree. Not all of the general education requirements for the AGS degree will transfer to a four-year university.
If becoming an elementary school teacher has long been one of your dreams, investigate the Associate of Arts in Elementary Education (AAEE) degree. Developed to help fulfill the continuing demand for elementary school teachers, this two-year NPC transfer degree kick-starts your career in a vital and rewarding field. The AAEE degree equips you with expert, foundational teaching skills while you are earning the general education credits required for your bachelor's degree at any Arizona state university. The AAEE degree also provides you with the credentials that allow you to work in elementary and secondary classrooms in Northeastern Arizona while you are earning your bachelor's degree.
If you want to work with children birth to age 8, consider the Associate of Arts in Early Childhood (AAEC), also a transfer degree to the state's three public universities.
If you want to enter the workforce as soon as possible, consider earning your Education Professions Certificate of Proficiency (CP). This one-year program consists of 20 credit hours of Education (EDU) and Early Childhood Development (ECD) courses. After completion, students may take a national paraprofessional certification test that qualifies them to be hired as Teaching Assistants in any local, state or federal school. The program is open to high school seniors and the general public.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports median annual salaries in nonmetropolitan Northern Arizona as follows:
Residential Child/Youth Care Assistant • $25,950
Teaching Assistants • $24,330
High School Teacher • $47,270
Middle School Teacher • $44,270
Elementary School Teacher • $43,050
The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.
We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).