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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education (A.A.T.)

Official Title of Major: Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education, A.A.T.


Total Credit Hours: 63

About the Teacher Education and Child Care 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.

This curriculum prepares students to transfer to an elementary 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 elementary 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 elementary 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 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. 

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

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.

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.).

Planning Tools: Sequence of Courses


  Two-Year (Fall and Spring Terms): Open/Print this Planning Tool      

General Education Requirements: 34 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: 8 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by EDU 214 

Technology Requirement

Satisfied by EDU 214 

Wellness Requirement

Satisfied by EDU 135.

Program Outcomes

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

LO 1 Learner Development  

 Identify and analyze the psychological, cognitive, emotional, and physical characteristics of typically developing children and adolescents, with specific consideration to disabilities and cultural and linguistic diversity.

LO 2 Learning Differences  

Identify the current and inclusive philosophies for differentiating instruction to analyze, improve, and facilitate instruction for diverse learners.

LO 3 Learning Environments  

 Describe and model the use of learning environments that support and empower collaboration and learning through respectful, reciprocal relationships.

LO 4 Content Knowledge  

 Demonstrate the mastery of diverse content areas and apply developmentally appropriate approaches to enhance children’s learning and development.

LO 5 Skill Development for Connections 

 Develop excellent written, verbal, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, which will allow the elementary educator to effectively make connections between prior knowledge/experience and new learning for their students.

LO 6 Identify Types and Purposes of Assessment 

 Identify types and purposes of assessment and begin to interpret student data to plan instruction.

LO 7 Professionalism 

 Identify and conduct themselves as elementary educators who model self-care and use reflection and ethical guidelines to advocate for sound educational practices and policies.

LO 8 Leadership 

 Demonstrate leadership as elementary educators who collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. 

Related Offerings

Students may wish to also review requirements for the related majors or programs linked below.

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