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2016-2017 Catalog 
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Secondary Education - English, A.A.T.


Total Credit Hours: 60 credit hours

Purpose: The Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree is designed for students preparing to transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a baccalaureate degree and earn Maryland state teacher certification. The program incorporates foundation coursework in teacher education, content coursework in a selected certification area and a field-based experience at the appropriate level of teacher certification. 

Program Website: http://www.aacc.edu/programs-and-courses/credit-and-degree-seekers/education/ 

Range of Occupations

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

The A.A.T. degrees parallel the Maryland State Department of Education grade bands:

  Early Childhood Education PreK-grade 3
  Elementary Education Grades 1-6
  Secondary Academic Areas Grades 7-12

Entrance/Admission Requirements

Criminal Background Check

Participation in the required fieldwork experience is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the criminal background check. For complete details, see the Teacher Education and Childcare Institute  section of this catalog.

Degree/Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

To earn the degree and be eligible for seamless transfer within Maryland, students must complete all required coursework and the following additional requirements:

  • Students must submit official qualifying scores as established by the State Superintendent of Schools on pre-professional basic skills tests (e.g., SAT, ACT, PRAXIS/CORE) approved by the State Board of Education. For more information visit www.aacc.edu/teach/praxis.cfm.
  • Students must complete fieldwork requirements as indicated by the Teacher Education and Child Care Institute.
  • Students must earn a C or better in all coursework required for the degree and obtain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better.

Students may be required to meet additional admittance requirements at the chosen transfer institution.

Planning Tools: Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequences of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  These sequences incorporate all of the student’s requirements for this degree and provide the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.


  TWO-YEAR (FALL and SPRING TERMS): Click here to view, print or save a planner for Fall and Spring Sequence of Courses       YEAR-ROUND (FALL, SUMMER, SPRING and WINTER TERMS): Click here to view, print or save a planner for these options    

General Education Requirements: 25-30 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7-8 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Computer Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies or Mathematics: 3 credits

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

Mathematics: 3-4 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 credits

Program Requirements: 30-35 credits

ENG elective: 3 credits

Choose one of the following:

Electives: 6 credit hours

Choose two courses from the following that complement the selected literature courses:

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

Program requirements EDU 211  and EDU 214  meet this requirement.

Diversity Requirement

Program requirement EDU 214  meets this requirement. 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the English language, including its grammar and mechanics, its structure, and some aspects of its history and development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of writing as a recursive process.
  • Identify a range of strategies for producing written discourse and use appropriate strategies for addressing a given rhetorical situation.
  • Read with critical judgment, aesthetic insight, and close observation of textual detail.
  • Apply higher order critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills.
  • Make sound connections and distinctions among a broad range of relevant literary and academic texts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement a research project that makes use of library and other resources.
  • Present the results of research in an effective and ethical manner.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.