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Secondary Education - English
Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact 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 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.

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
PSY 101General Psychology 3
Biological/Physical Science Elective 3
Mathematics Elective 3
 Semester Total15
Second Semester Credits
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals  
CMST 105Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 102English Composition and Literature 3
ENG 205American Literature: Colonial Through the Civil War  
ENG 206American Literature: Late 19th and 20th Centuries 3
PSY 207Educational Psychology 3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
 Semester Total15
Third Semester   Credits
EDUC 217Introduction to Special Education **3
ENG 201World Literature: 800 B.C. to 1600 A.D. 3
ENG 215Multicultural Literature: The 20th Century  
ENG 238Latin American Literature 3
HIST 101History of Western Civilization I  * 
HIST 103History of the United States I  *3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
 Semester Total16
Fourth Semester Credits
ENG 203English Literature: Survey of English Literature I  
ENG 204English Literature: Survey of English Literature II 3
ENG 219American Women Writers  
ENG 233African-American Literature  
ENG 234Ethnic American Literature 3
ENG 239English History and Grammar 3
HIST 102History of Western Civilization II  * 
HIST 104History of the United States II  *3
PSY 216Adolescent Psychology 3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total16

* Must complete sequences HIST 101 and HIST 102 or HIST 103 and HIST 104.
** 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.