Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree
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This A.A.T. degree program prepares students to transfer into a four-year college or university early childhood program to pursue certification in early childhood education (grades pre-K through 3) or early childhood special education to pursue certification in early childhood special education (birth through grade 3).
school preparation should include four units of English, three
units of math of which two should be algebra, and three units
Students must have a qualifying score on Praxis Core to earn the degree. Students may meet the testing requirement by submitting individual scores at or above the current state qualifying score on Praxis Core: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics or a composite score that is above the current state qualifying score on Praxis Core, SAT, GRE, or ACT. A composite score is the combined total of state qualifying scores on the three Praxis Core assessments or a current qualifying score on the SAT, GRE, or ACT.
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.
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
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly two million kindergarten and elementary public school teachers will be needed by 2018. Some school systems (Harford County included) require this degree in order to teach preschool, kindergarten, and or/first grade. In addition, all local school systems are required to provide full-day kindergarten to all students and offer pre-kindergarten to economically-disadvantaged four-year-old children; this will result in additional teaching positions.
Recommended Course Sequence
* Students are required to participate in a thirty-hour field placement experience in addition to time spent in EDUC113 (Introduction to Early Childhood 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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