Education: Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Transfer

The teacher education transfer program A.A.T. comprises a curriculum that provides the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree and teacher certification. This curriculum prepares students to transfer to an Early Childhood Education program at a four-year college or university in the state of Maryland. The A.A.T. in Early Childhood Education articulates with the seven Maryland transfer programs in Early Childhood Education. The program enables students to fulfill their general education requirements, participate in field work experiences, and complete a core of professional education coursework appropriate for the first two years of teacher preparation. 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
English  
EN 101–English Composition 3
EN 102–English Composition & Literature 3
Mathematics  
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 201–History of the United States or  
HI 202 ­–History of the United States 3
GG 102–Cultural Geography ‡ 3
Arts & Humanities  
Arts:  
AR 100–Introduction to the Creative Arts 3
Humanities:  
English Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
BI 100–Fundamental Concepts of Biology or  
BI 101–General Biology 4
PC 114–Contemporary Physical Science or  
PC 109–Physical Geology 4
PC 115–Introduction to Geoscience or  
PC 107–Introductory Astronomy 4
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
CIS 101–Introduction to Computers and Information Processing 3
HE 204–Health Education 3
Other Requirements  
ECD 101–Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
ECD 104–Activities I for Children 3
ED 100–Child Growth and Development 3
ED 203–Foundations of Special Education ‡ 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. 
The teacher education transfer program A.A.T. comprises a curriculum that provides the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree and teacher certification. This curriculum prepares students to transfer to an Early Childhood Education program at a four-year college or university in the state of Maryland. The A.A.T. in Early Childhood Education articulates with the seven Maryland transfer programs in Early Childhood Education.

The program enables students to fulfill their general education requirements, participate in field work experiences, and complete a core of professional education coursework appropriate for the first two years of teacher preparation. Students may be required to take additional special education or inclusion courses as part of the requirements for a bachelor’s degree and teacher education certification at four-year institutions.

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): www.mhec.state.md.us

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.

Maryland Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) Degree
Program of Quality

  • Outcomes-based standards were developed collaboratively between the two-year and four-year institutions in Maryland for implementation through individually designed community college AAT degree programs.
  • Program outcomes are based on State and National standards.
  • Successful completion of the program requires a cumulative 2.75 GPA and qualifying scores as established by the State Superintendent of Schools on the teacher certification tests (e.g., SAT, ACT, PRAXIS) approved by the State Board of Education to be awarded the AAT degree.
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.