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

Application Code 255

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

Elementary Education is defined as grades one through six in the state of Maryland. This curriculum prepares students to transfer to an Elementary Education or Elementary 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 transfer programs in Elementary Education and Elementary Special Education in the state of Maryland. Students who receive the A.A.T. degree must have a GPA 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 Elementary Education or Special Education major at their Maryland transfer institution.

Suggested Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL-121College Composition

3

EDUC-110Introduction to Education

3

HEED-115Personal and Community Health

3

MATH-127Concepts of Mathematics I

4

PSYC-101General Psychology

3

Suggested Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL-101General Biology I

4

EDUC-111Child Growth and Development

3

EXSC-100Introduction to Physical Education

1

HUMN-108Introduction to the Creative Arts

3

MATH-128Concepts of Mathematics II

4

Suggested Semester 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDUC-200Introduction to Special Education

3

EDUC-201Processes and Acquisition of Reading

3

HIST-111American History to 1877

3

-OR

HIST-112American History Since 1877

3

MATH-138Statistics

4

PHYS-106Earth and Space Science

4

Suggested Semester 4

Course NumberTitleCredits
EDUC-260Educational Psychology

3

GEOG-101Introduction to World Geography

3

PHYS-107Physical Science

4

SOCI-101Introduction to Sociology

3

-Arts & Humanities Core Group B

3

Total Credit Hours: 64

*Students in a Teacher Education transfer pattern must submit qualifying scores as established by the State Superintendent of Schools on pre-professional basic skills tests (e.g., SAT, ACT, PRAXIS/CORE) approved by the State Board of Education 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.

**Students are required to complete 15 hours of field experience for each of the following courses as part of the degree requirements:  EDUC-110, EDUC-200, and EDUC-260.

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.

A graduate should be able to

  1. 1. Acquire the foundational knowledge that prepares the teacher candidate for the art and practice of teaching.
  2. 2. Construct an understanding of those terms and concepts of teacher education classroom scenarios, applying them through problem solving and reflection.
  3. 3. Comprehend the nature of schooling, the meaning of learning, the stages of development, and the social and psychological elements of development.
  4. 4. Demonstrate the ability to use classroom technology practices of technology-proficient educators in 21st century schools with attention to the legal, social, and ethical issues related to this technology use.
  5. 5. Comprehend those behaviors that comprise the ethical standards of the teaching profession, that inform ethical decisions and actions, as they relate to students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community.