Early Childhood Education / Early Childhood Special Education (AAT)
Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree
No. of credits required: 61
For more information: Contact Kimberly Bell, 443-412-2648, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.
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). High school preparation should include four units of English, three units of math of which two should be algebra, and three units of science.
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 colleges nationwide.
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
|EDUC 103||The Young Child||3|
|EDUC 113||Introduction to Early Childhood Education 1||3|
|ENG 101||English Composition (GE)||3|
|MATH 131||Concepts in Mathematics I||4|
|PSY 101||General Psychology (GB)||3|
|BIO 100||Fundamentals of Biology (GL)||4|
|EDUC 104||Materials and Curriculum in Early Childhood||3|
|GEOG 103||World Regional Geography (GB) (D)||3|
|MATH 211||Elements of Geometry (GM)||4|
|Literature Elective (GH)||3|
|EDUC 217||Introduction to Special Education 1, 2||3|
|HIST 104||History of the United States II (GB) (D)||3|
|MATH 216||Introduction to Statistics (GM)||4|
|SCI 105||Physical Science I (GS)||3|
|SCI 106||Physical Science Course Observations and Investigations: Matter (GL)||1|
|EDUC 207||Processes and Acquisition of Reading||3|
|ES 107||Earth and Space Science||4|
|SOC 101||Introduction to Sociology (GB) (D)||3|
|VPA 201||Visual and Performing Arts Survey (GH) (D)||3|
|Physical Education Elective||1|
Students are required to participate in a thirty-hour field placement experience in addition to time spent in EDUC 113 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 EDUC 217 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.
Select one of the following courses:
|ENG 201||World Literature: 800 B.C. to 1600 A.D. (GH) (D)||3|
|ENG 202||World Literature: 1600 A.D. to the Present (GH) (D)||3|
|ENG 203||English Literature: Survey of English Literature I (GH)||3|
|ENG 204||English Literature: Survey of English Literature II (GH)||3|
|ENG 205||American Literature: Colonial Through the Civil War (GH) (D)||3|
|ENG 206||American Literature: Late 19th and 20th Centuries (GH) (D)||3|
|ENG 210||Literature for Children and Adolescents (GH)(D)||3|
|ENG 214||Great Writers: Lives and Works (GH)||3|
|ENG 215||Multicultural Literature: The 20th Century (GH) (D)||3|
|ENG 219||American Women Writers (GH) (D)||3|
|ENG 233||African-American Literature (GH) (D)||3|
|ENG 234||Ethnic American Literature (GH) (D)||3|
|ENG 237||Literature to Film (GH)||3|
General Education Degree Requirements
Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
Behavioral/Social Science (GB)
English Composition (GE)
Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues (GI)
Biological/Physical Laboratory Science (GL)
Biological/Physical Science (GS)