Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree
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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
- Demonstrate professional teaching behavior including effective communication.
- Discuss the development of education/curriculum and select instructional techniques appropriate for a variety of students.
- Describe influences on growth and development, as well as theories of learning.
- Make decisions in accordance with legal and ethical standards.
- Summarize past and present practices pertaining to education.
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
* Students are required to participate in a thirty-hour field placement experience in addition to time spent in EDUC101 (Introduction to Education) and EDUC 217 (Introduction to Special Education). Field placement experiences take place sometime during regular school hours, generally between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A criminal record check will be conducted prior to students entering a school setting.
** 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.
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