Education: Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education


Designed for students preparing to complete a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification in elementary education at a four-year college or university. 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.


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Course Credits
EN 101–English Composition 3
EN 102–English Composition & Literature 3
MA 105­–Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics I 4
MA 106–Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics II 4
MA 207 –Elementary Statistics with Probability 4
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PS 101–General Psychology 3
HI 102–History of Western Civilization or  
HI 201–History of the United States or  
HI 202–History of the United States 3
GG 102–Cultural Geography ‡ 3
Arts & Humanities  
AR 100–Introduction to the Creative Arts 3
CMSP 103– Speech Fundamentals or  
CMSP 105–Group Discussion ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
BI 100–Fundamental Concepts of Biology or  
BI 101–General Biology 4
PC 114–Contemporary Physical Science 4
PC 115–Introduction to Geoscience 4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
CIS 101–Introduction to Computers & Information Processing 3
HE 204–Health Education 3
Other Requirements  
ED 102–Schools and Society 3
ED 202–Educational Psychology 3
ED 203–Foundations of Special Education ‡ 3
ED/PS 208–Human Growth and Development 3
ED 214–Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3
 Total 66

‡ All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. GG 102 fulfills this requirement.

AAT Requirements

  • Admission to the four-year institution is a “two-step” process and is not guaranteed. Applications to both the institution and to the teacher education program may be required.
  • Due to space limitations at some four-year institutions and/or teacher education programs, students should apply as early as possible and consider alternatives. Students should consult with an advisor at the four-year institution to determine the specific admissions requirements and deadlines of the institution to which they wish to transfer. 
  • Upon admission to a Maryland public or independent four-year institution teacher education program, up to 64 semester hours, including the lower division teacher education program outcomes, will transfer without further review.
  • The AAT degree holder is considered to have satisfied the following lower division requirements for the education program.
    • 30 - 36 semester hours of general education requirements for public institutions.
    • The lower division outcomes for teacher education may be included in courses such as the foundations of education, human growth/child or adolescent development, educational psychology, introductory field experience, and introductory special education. In addition, some students may be required to complete up to two additional lower division teacher education courses. Check with your advisor at your college for specific requirements for your major.
  • Students in Secondary Education AAT programs must complete specified content courses.

Upon Transfer

The student will be required to complete the remaining 10 - 16 semester hours of general education requirements of the public institution. Students planning to attend an independent institution should consult with an advisor at the four-year institution regarding the remaining general education requirements.

The student will also be required to complete the remaining teacher education program requirements, upper-division institutional requirements, and any other general institutional degree requirements. Students enrolling in a Secondary Education program will also be required to complete the remaining content area requirements.

Additional Information
  • Information regarding upper-division requirements may be obtained by contacting the appropriate four-year institution’s advisor, dean, director, or chair of education.
  • More information is available at the Maryland Higher Education Website (MHEC):
To earn the A.A.T., students must achieve a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA and earn a “C” or better in all courses used to satisfy the A.A.T. requirements. Students must also provide the Registrar's Office with qualifying scores on one of the state-approved basic skills tests for future teachers. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor at their transfer institution as early as possible and should be aware that some colleges and universities may require higher GPAs and/or additional tests.
Students will be able to:
  1. Identify, apply and discuss major concepts, principles, and theories related to human development by completing one or more papers and projects based on observation of children and adolescents.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum approaches and effective methods of teaching and learning through creating and presenting lesson plans applicable to course topics.
  3. Compose and collect artifacts (i.e. papers, projects) for current and future portfolios and participate in activities (i.e. case study experiences, interviews) to demonstrate how students differ in their development and approaches to learning.
  4. Demonstrate characteristics of future teachers by behaving professionally at events and experiences both on and off campus, utilizing college-level skills in course assignments, etc.
  5. Develop an initial knowledge base in future teaching content areas by successfully completing coursework in relevant areas.
Note: These SLOs are adapted, in part, from the outcomes used to originally create the Maryland AAT program. We know that general education SLOs will be added later in the process.