Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree
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This A.A.T. degree program prepares students for transfer into a four-year college or university elementary education program to pursue certification in elementary education (grades 1-6) or elementary special education program to pursue certification in elementary special education (grades 1-8). High school preparation should include four units of English, threeunits of math of which two should be algebra, and three unitsof science. Students should plan to take Praxis I, the first partof the national teacher exam, near completion of 45 credit
hours, which includes core English and math competencies. Information can be obtained from the Test and Assessment Center or the Educational Studies Division.
Students must have a qualifying score on Praxis I to earn the degree. Students may meet the testing requirement by submitting individual scores at or above the current state qualifying score on Praxis I: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics or a composite score that is above the current state qualifying score on Praxis I, SAT, GRE, or ACT. A composite score is the combined total of state qualifying scores on the three Praxis I assessments or a current qualifying score on the SAT, GRE, or ACT.
The student will meet the essential technical standards that include physical abilities and behavioral and professional characteristics necessary for the student to successfully complete the Teacher Education Program.
Upon completion of the Teacher Education AAT 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.
- Identify influences on development and compare theories of learning.
- Make decisions in accordance with legal and ethical standards.
The program requires the successful completion of Praxis I
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
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 1.6 million elementary and middle school public teachers will be needed by 2018.
Recommended Course Sequence
* The Introduction to Special Education course required by
Harford Community College is a necessary requirement
of the College's A.A.T. 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.