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Secondary Education - English (A.A.T.)

Official Title of Major: Secondary Education - English, A.A.T.

Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching, A.A.T.


Total Credit Hours: 60

About the Teacher Education and Child Care (TEACH) Institute

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.

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 either a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale; or a 2.75-2.99 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale and qualifying scores on the basic skills assessment for teacher licensure as established by the State Superintendent of Schools and as approved by the State Board of Education; 
  • Students must complete fieldwork requirements as indicated by the Teacher Education and Child Care Institute. 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.
  • 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.

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

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

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.

General Education Requirements: 28-30 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English Composition: 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.

Wellness: 3 credits

Mathematics: 3- 4 credits

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

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 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:

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by EDU 214 . 

Technology Requirement

Satisfied by EDU 214 .

Wellness Requirement

Satisfied by HEA 111 .

Program Outcomes

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

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

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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