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Social Science

Division Programs

The Division of Social Science offers general education core and elective courses for students enrolled in the Associate in Arts (A. A.) college transfer program, as well as selected courses for the Associate in Science (A. S.) degree and certificate programs.

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AA Degree with a Concentration in Education

With dedicated and targeted advising to help you stay on track, you will receive real-life, in the field training to enhance what you will learn in the classroom that will later help you in your pursuit of a Bachelors Degree in Education. Review the Education Advising Map to get a clear path to follow from TCC to an upper division institution on the road to being a teacher!  

Best practices for training future classroom teachers hold that they have as many experiences in the service of children as early as in their professional training. For students in the AA Degree Education program, placing preservice teachers in settings where they are working with children and their families gives them an opportunity to apply theory to practice for a comprehensive and balanced approach in their preparation to become teachers.

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If you want more information, please contact our office at (850) 201-8488.

Behavioral Sciences

The Behavioral Sciences Department at TCC is part of the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Division. Within Behavioral Sciences we offer 17 different courses and up to 80 sections of those courses in each typical semester. These courses include various topics within the fields of:

  • Child Development
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Social Psychology

Criminal Justice A.S.

The Criminal Justice Technology A.S. program prepares students for employment in law enforcement or corrections and meets the needs of persons employed in those fields who want to advance in their professions. 

Refer to the Degree Map for details: Criminal Justice

Early Childhood Education

Tallahassee Community College offers convenient, high quality, and application-based online courses in the field of Early Childhood Development, Education, and Management. 

Required Courses

5 Required Courses for the FCCPC

  • *EEC1308 – Education of the Young Child
  • *EEC1907 – Directed Observation and Participation
  • *EDF1004 – Educational Field Experience
  •   EEC1603 – Early Childhood Development and Guidance
  •   EEC2401 – Home, School and Community in Early Childhood Education

*The courses marked with an asterisk are not required if you have an A.S. or A.A. Degree or higher, or if
you have a current and recognized CDA/FCCPC. You will be given 9 hours of college credit in these cases.

For a full list of the courses required to earn our A.S. Degree, click here.

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Director’s Credential Course

  • EEC2521 Management of a Child Care Center

Director’s Credential Renewal

  • EEC2523 Early Childhood Organizational Leadership and Management

Many students who finish our online program go on to pass:

  • Florida Child Care Professional Credential/Renewal (FCCPC – commonly called the CDA)
  • Director’s Credential/Renewal
  • Preschool Specialization, Infant/Toddler Development, and EC Development Specialization Certificates

State of Florida Teacher Recertification courses. We have many online courses to choose from that meet recertification requirements for teachers of grades Pre-K – 12, call or email for more information.


Dr. Maureen O’Neil, Lead Faculty and Professor
(850) 201-8101 |

Dr. Iris Davis-Pendleton, Assistant Professor
(850) 201-8305 | 

History Department

The TCC History and Anthropology Department offers an array of Associate of Arts level survey courses that are widely accepted at four-year colleges and universities. These courses satisfy State of Florida and TCC General Education Social Science core and elective requirements and also prepare students for upper division majors in History and Anthropology.

TCC History Courses

  • AMH 2010 American History I
  • AMH 2020 American History II
  • AMH 2091 African American History
  • WOH2012 World History I
  • WOH2022 World History II
  • EUH 1000 Western Civilization I
  • EUH 1001 Western Civilization II

AMH 2020 satisfies Area 9 State Social Science Core Group 2: Civic Literacy and prepares students for the Florida Civic Literacy Exam. The other History courses satisfy Area 10 TCC Social Science Core Group 1 and can also be used to meet TCC Associate of Arts elective credit requirements.

TCC Anthropology Courses

  • ANT 2000 General Anthropology
  • AMH 2140 Introduction to Archeology
  • ANT 2410 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 2511 Physical Anthropology

ANT 2000 satisfies Area 9 State Social Science Core Group 1. The other Anthropology courses satisfy Area 10 TCC Social Science Core Group 1 and can also be used to meet TCC Associate of Arts elective credit requirements. All course descriptions are available in the TCC Catalog. TCC History and Anthropology Department faculty are experts in their fields and prioritize student learning and success.

Legal Studies Program

The Paralegal and Legal Studies Program offers classes that provide a broad overview of the law as well as classes that concentrate on the skills needed to perform as a valuable member of a legal services team.   

Students who pursue this A.S. degree take more specialized courses to ensure their understanding of all aspects of the law. They can deepen their knowledge of specific areas through a variety of program electives. Legal ethics will be discussed in each program course so that students may learn how to avoid and resolve any ethical issues that may arise. 

This program offers a wide range of courses to best fit the schedules of most of our students. Many students may come to TCC to take the entire program online. The online courses, however, require much more self-discipline, motivation, and perseverance.

Law School Prerequisites

Paralegal and Legal Studies Courses

Many students take these five classes as a primer to law school:

  • BUL2241 Legal Concepts of Business
  • BUL2242 The Law of Business
  • PLA1003 Introduction to the Legal Process
  • PLA1104 Legal Research
  • PLA2114 Legal Writing

 In fact, any of the courses we teach in the Paralegal and Legal Studies Program help students succeed in law school as well as the law office.  

Scheduling Your Courses

It is recommended that students include as many paralegal courses as possible in their schedule each semester, and fill in the open spots with general education courses. Beginning courses should include: PLA1003, BUL2241, IDS2182 and BUL2242. These courses require no prerequisite. Students must complete PLA1003 before taking any other paralegal class.
Following the degree map for the A.S. degree for Paralegal Studies will keep you on track for program completion and graduation. Program courses are offered based on this schedule each year: View Degree Map Here

Political Science Department

We offer courses in American Government, Comparative Politics, State and Local Politics, Public Administration the U.S. Constitution, and an Introduction to Political Science. Further, we offer an internship that allows students to gain experience in the field.

Student Life Skills Courses

Enrolling in a Student Life Skills course, also known as College Success Classes, can increase your chance of success in college and in your career. You’ll gain valuable leadership experience, time management and study skills, and a better understanding about your strengths that will help you succeed in the workplace.

Courses Include:

  • SLS 1301 - Career Planning
  • SLS 1510 - College Success
  • SLS 2261 - Dynamics of Leadership Development

As an integral part of all Dynamics of Leadership Development (SLS 2261) classes, students are required to complete a project of their choosing that fits within the Service Learning criteria. Students can work with any established TCC community partner or an outside organization of their choice. At the end of the semester, the service hours devoted to the project are added to the student’s TCC transcript.

Events & Enrichment Groups

Brain Bowl

Model UN

History Festival

Women's History Month

Holocaust Ed Council

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Brain Bowl

Have fun while learning lots of fascinating information with TCC's Brain Bowl Team

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Model UN

Join Model UN to gain  a better understanding of international issues and to improve skills in research, writing, public speaking, and collaborative decision-making.

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History Festival

The Tallahassee History Festival is a free community event with fun for the whole family, featuring programs and activities by historians from around the state as well as some of our local favorites.

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Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and it is a time to recognize and celebrate the lives and contributions of American women.

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Holocaust Ed Council

The Holocaust Education Resource Council has been established as a Non-Profit Organization to sponsor teacher training workshops and community outreach.

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The Team

Dr. Bryan Hooper, Dean

Summer Dusek, Associate Dean

Veronica Forehand, Office Manager

Valarie Clements, Staff Assistant

Helen Maxwell, Staff Assistant

Phone & Email

Veronica Forehand: (850) 201-6116

Valarie Clements: (850) 201-6118

Helen Maxwell: (850) 201-6115

(850) 201-8488


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444 Appleyard Drive Tallahassee, FL 32304

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