What is an education plan?
An education plan (commonly shortened to ed plan) is a personalized semester by semester course of study outlining a strategy for identifying and reaching your educational goals. Included are recommended career planning activities and support tools. An education plan should be developed during your first semester and maintained throughout your enrollment at Palomar College.
Note: Education plan is subject to change whenever there is a change of major, transfer requirements, catalog rights, curriculum and policy changes, etc.
How to obtain an ed plan
New students, review the steps to get your first education plan. Continuing students schedule an appointment with a counselor to create an education plan or to update your ed plan. Appointments are booked 2-3 weeks in advance, so plan ahead. For quick questions, schedule a Quick Question appointment for a 15 minute session.
How to prepare for your ed plan appointment/session
1. Create a list of questions ahead of time.
2. Explore some careers through these links if you are undecided:
- Take a career assessment through Career Coach.
- Watch some videos on various careers through Roadtrip Nation. (PCC19 if asked for college code.)
3. Decide on whether or not you want a Certificate, an Associate degree, or a Bachelor’s degree.
- View the Counseling pages under Planning Your Pathway to learn about the different degree options.
4. Make sure you have transcripts from other colleges on file with Palomar or have unofficial copies ready for your appointment if you have a one-on-one session.
What classes do I take?
If want to get a head start on selecting courses before meeting with a counselor, here’s some information about General Education coursework and Major coursework.
1. WHAT CLASSES DO I TAKE FOR GENERAL EDUCATION?
- For English, English as a Second Language, and math placement, take a look at the Math and English First site.
- Start with General Education coursework according to whether or not you want an Associate degree, or want to transfer to the CSU, or transfer to the UC. See point #3 above for more information.
- View this video on general education to learn how to interpret the guides.
2. WHAT CLASSES DO I TAKE FOR MY MAJOR?
If you want . . .
- An Associate degree, then look for coursework for your major in the Palomar Pathways Mapper tool. View this video on how to use the mapper.
- A Bachelor’s degree from the CSU, then see if Palomar has an Associate Degree for Transfer for your major; then, find that degree in the Palomar Pathways Mapper tool.
- A Bachelor’s degree from the UC or if you do not see your CSU major in the list of Associate Degrees for Transfer, then refer to www.ASSIST.org for coursework for your major.
- A Bachelor’s degree from out of state or from a private university, see if Palomar has an agreement with the university.