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Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education
Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Laura Hutton at 443-412-2093,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

This A.A.T. degree program prepares students for transfer into a four-year college or university elementary education program to pursue certification in elementary education (grades 1-6) or elementary special education program to pursue certification in elementary special education (grades 1-8). High school preparation should include four units of English, three units of math of which two should be algebra, and three units of science.

Students must have a qualifying score on Praxis CORE or an equivalent assessment in order to earn an A.A.T. degree. Students should plan to take Praxis CORE, which includes core English and math competencies, near completion of 45 credit hours. Information can be obtained from the Test and Assessment Center or the academic division. Passing scores on Praxis, SAT, GRE, or ACT may be substituted in place of Praxis CORE, but may not be accepted by all transfer institutions.

Upon completion of the Teacher Education A.A.T. degree programs, students will be able to
  1. Demonstrate professional teaching behavior including effective communication.
  2. Discuss the development of education/curriculum and select instructional techniques appropriate for a variety of students.
  3. Describe influences on growth and development, as well as theories of learning.
  4. Make decisions in accordance with legal and ethical standards.
  5. Summarize past and present practices pertaining to education.

(Choose one course)
 ENG 201World Literature: 800 B.C. to 1600 A.D. 3
 ENG 202World Literature: 1600 A.D. to the Present 3
 ENG 203English Literature: Survey of English Literature I 3
 ENG 204English Literature: Survey of English Literature II 3
 ENG 205American Literature: Colonial Through the Civil War 3
 ENG 206American Literature: Late 19th and 20th Centuries 3
 ENG 210Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
 ENG 214Great Writers: Lives and Works 3
 ENG 215Multicultural Literature: The 20th Century 3
 ENG 219American Women Writers 3
 ENG 233African-American Literature 3
 ENG 234Ethnic American Literature 3
 ENG 237Literature to Film 3

The program requires the successful completion of Praxis CORE and at least a 2.75 GPA. Because the program courses are chosen to fulfill predetermined outcomes, the entire program will transfer to any four-year state or private college in Maryland; however, students are not guaranteed admission to any four-year institution and must apply and meet the criteria required by that particular institution. Additionally, courses in the program will transfer to private and public colleges nationwide.

According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 1.6 million elementary and middle school public teachers will be needed by 2018.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
EDUC 101Introduction to Education 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
MATH 131Concepts in Mathematics I  4
PSY 101General Psychology 3
SCI 105Physical Science I 3
SCI 106Physical Science Course Observations and Investigations: Matter 1
 Semester Total17
Second Semester Credits
BIO 100Fundamentals of Biology 4
HIST 104History of the United States II 3
MATH 211Elements of Geometry 4
PSY 207Educational Psychology 3
 Semester Total14
Third Semester   Credits
Literature Elective #3
EDUC 217Introduction to Special Education *3
ES 107Earth and Space Science 4
MATH 216Introduction to Statistics 4
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total15
Fourth Semester Credits
EDUC 207Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3
HLTH 103Wellness Theory and Applications 3
PSY 202Child Psychology 3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology 3
VPA 201Visual and Performing Arts Survey 3
 Semester Total15

* The Introduction to Special Education course required by Harford Community College is a necessary requirement of the College's AAT degree, but is not sufficient to meet all special education or inclusion course requirements for four-year teacher education programs. Students may be required to take additional special education or inclusion courses as a part of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree and teacher education certification at four-year institutions.