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Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education - Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree (Transfer)

Application Code 254

For curriculum information, contact the Social Sciences and Teacher Education Division – Room ST-149—443-518-1620.

Early Childhood Education is defined as grades PreK through three in the state of Maryland. This curriculum prepares students to transfer to an Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood 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 in the state of Maryland. Students who receive the A.A.T. degree must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75, pass a required basic skills test,* and complete 45 hours of field experience.** Upon completion of the A.A.T. degree, students are eligible to be admitted as an early childhood education major at their Maryland transfer institution.

*Students in a Teacher Education transfer pattern must submit scores from a required basic skills test to the Social Sciences and Teacher Education division prior to the completion of the 30th credit hour. Scores from the basic skills tests are used for admission to four-year Teacher Education programs and are required for teacher certification in Maryland and most other states. Basic skills test options and Maryland passing scores are:

  • Praxis I–177 in Math, 177 in Reading, 173 in Writing or total composite score of 527 OR
  • SAT–composite score of 1100 in Math and Verbal (prior to 4/95, the SAT score equivalent is 1000) OR
  • ACT–composite score of 24 OR
  • GRE–composite score of 297 (prior to 9/1/11, the GRE score equivalent is 1000)

**Students are required to complete 15 hours of field experience for each of the following courses as part of the degree requirements: EDUC-111, EDUC-130, and EDUC-200.

General Education Core

Students enrolled in transfer patterns must take a minimum of 30 credits in General Education. Each student’s total of general education and required courses must equal at least 60 semester hours of credit.

Composition

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition

3 credits

Literature, Arts and Humanities

Course NumberTitleCredits
FINE-103Introduction to the Creative Arts

3 credits

-Humanities Core Course

-Literature Core Course

6-8

FINE-103 (3 credits) plus one Humanities Core Course (3 credits), plus one Literature Core Course (3 credits) satisfies the Humanities, Arts and Literature Core requirement, OR FINE-103 (3 credits) plus a World Language Sequence (8 credits) satisfies the Humanities, Arts and Literature Core requirement.

Social Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredits
HIST-111American History to 1877

3 credits

-or

HIST-112American History Since 1877

3 credits

PSYC-101General Psychology

3 credits

Science

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-101General Biology I

4 credits

PHYS-107Physical Science

4 credits

Mathematics

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH-138Statistics

4 credits

Interdisciplinary

Course NumberTitleCredits
Interdisciplinary -Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core Course

1-3

Required Courses Related to Major

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDUC-111Child Growth and Development

3 credits

EDUC-112Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education

3 credits

EDUC-130Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

EDUC-200Introduction to Special Education

3 credits

EDUC-201Processes and Acquisition of Reading

3

GEOG-101Introduction to World Geography

3 credits

MATH-127Concepts of Mathematics I

4 credits

MATH-128Concepts of Mathematics II

4 credits

PHYS-106Earth and Space Science

4 credits

SOCI-101Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours: 64-68

The Introduction to Special Education course required by Howard 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 part of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree and teacher education certification at four-year institutions.