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Secondary Education - Spanish
Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Dr. Sheila Allen at 443-412-2192,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The A.A.T. degree program prepares students for transfer into a four-year college or university education program. High school preparation should include Spanish: students should enter the program with proficiency at the Spanish 102 level.

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.

This 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 to and meet the criteria required by that particular institution. Additionally, courses in the program will transfer to private and public colleges nationwide.

Past graduates of this program have transferred to four-year state colleges and universities in Maryland and to private and public colleges nationwide. To facilitate transfer, students should consult with an academic advisor early in their studies at HCC and before selecting elective courses.

According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 1.1 million secondary school public teachers will be needed by 2018.

Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
  Behavioral/Social Science  Arts/Humanities
  Biological/Physical Science  English Composition
  Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues  Mathematics
  Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
TO SATISFY THE DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: Associate degree students must complete one 3-credit diversity course . It is recommended that students select one of the 3-credit , , course electives from those that also appear on the approved list of diversity course graduation requirements.

Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
EDUC 101Introduction to Education 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
HIST 103History of the United States I  
HIST 104History of the United States II  
HIST 202The Twentieth Century World  
HIST 208American Ethnic History 3
PSY 101General Psychology 3
SPAN 102Elementary Spanish II **3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total16
Second Semester Credits
ENG 102English Composition and Literature  
ENG 109English Composition: Research Writing 3
GEOG 102Human Geography  
GEOG 103World Regional Geography 3
PSY 207Educational Psychology 3
SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I 3
Mathematics Elective *3
 Semester Total15
Third Semester   Credits
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals  
CMST 105Interpersonal Communication  ****3
EDUC 217Introduction to Special Education ***3
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish II 3
ENG 234Ethnic American Literature 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective *4
 Semester Total16
Fourth Semester Credits
PSY 216Adolescent Psychology 3
SPAN 203Survey of Spanish Literature I 3
SPAN 205Advanced Conversation 3
Biological/Physical Science Elective 3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total13

* General Education courses should be selected with consideration of the requirements of the college to which the student plans to transfer. Students should select these courses with assistance of an advisor. A four credit course may be substituted.
** It is assumed that students will enter the program with Spanish proficiency at least at the 102 level.
*** The Introduction to Special Education course required by Harford Community College is a necessary requirement of the College's A.A.T. 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.