Official Title of Major: Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education, A.A.T.
Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.)
Total Credit Hours: 66
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.
This curriculum prepares students to transfer to an early childhood education or generic special education program at a four-year college or university in the state of Maryland. The Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree has been articulated with all of the transfer programs in early childhood education and generic special education in the state of Maryland. Upon completion of the A.A.T. degree, students are eligible to be admitted as an early childhood education or generic special education major at a Maryland transfer institution. The courses in this degree are not sufficient to meet all special education or inclusion course requirements for four-year teacher education programs.
Additional 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 prior to the completion of the 30th credit hour. For more details visit Praxis Information.
- 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.
Faculty Contact (https://webapps.aacc.edu/directory/default.cfm): Karen Phelan, Ed.D.
Courses to improve skills and prepare for college-level classes may be needed. It is best to see an advisor as you plan your education.
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