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Contact: Heather Hinkle, Education Program Coordinator • • 301.846.2461 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Advising: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Heather Hinkle, Education Program Coordinator
301.846.2461

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account.  Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment.   You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk in advising is available in the Counseling & Advising Office. You can also send a message to emailadvising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about academic planning and advising, see Counseling & Advising.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Welcome Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of Disability Services, Veteran Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education A.A.T. Degree The teacher education transfer program A.A.T. provides the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree and teacher certification. The A.A.T. in Early Childhood Education articulates with the 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.

Completion of an A.A.T. degree is considered to have satisfied the lower division requirements for a teacher education program in the state of Maryland. This includes General Education requirements and the necessary learning outcomes for teacher education. An A.A.T. graduate who has been admitted to a four-year state college or university in Maryland will have completed the first two years of a teacher preparation bachelor's degree.

Each A.A.T. has specific course requirements to ensure that all learning outcomes are met, and students should follow their curriculum pathway and meet with the program manager regularly to ensure that their course selections are appropriate for their desired degree.
 
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 basics skills tests  (PRAXIS, Core, SAT, ACT) for future teachers.

Admission and transfer to a four-year college or university is a multi-step process and is not guaranteed.  Applications to the institution and the teacher education program may be required. Students should apply as early as possible and consider more than one transfer school, as they offer different degrees. Students should consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine specific requirements and deadlines for admission. Students wishing to transfer out of state should consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine how courses taken at FCC will meet the requirements of that school’s degree plan.   

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in the field of education. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with education faculty.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core MATH 110 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics 1   4 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement ECED 110 Introduction to Early Childhood Education   3 Credits
4 Departmental Requirement BSCI 100 Fundamental Concepts of Biology or BSCI 150 Principles of Biology I   4 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

5 Departmental Requirement ENGL 102 English Composition & Literature   3 Credits
6 Departmental Requirement MATH 113 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics II   4 Credits
7 Program Requirement PSYC 101 General Psychology   3 Credits
8 Departmental Requirement EDUC 230 Foundations of Special Education   3 Credits
9 Departmental Requirement PHSC 111 Introduction to Physical Science or PHSC 121 Physical Geology   4 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

10 Departmental Requirement MATH 127 Statistics with Probability   4 Credits
11 Departmental Requirement PHSC 112 Introduction to Earth Systems Science or PHSC 117 Introduction to Astronomy   4 Credits
12 Departmental Requirement GEOG 102 Cultural Geography   3 Credits
13 Departmental Requirement ECED 101 Child Development and Behavior   3 Credits
14 Departmental Requirement HLTH 204 Health Education   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

15 Departmental Requirement ECED 125 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood   3 Credits
16 Gen Ed Core ARTT 100 Introduction to the Creative Arts   3 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement HIST 201 History of the United States I or HIST 202 History of the United States II   3 Credits
18 Departmental Requirement EDUC 240 Processes and Acquisitions of Reading   3 Credits
19 Gen Ed Core Choose a Humanities Gen Ed with an English (ENGL) prefix   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
MSDE Basic Skills Testing Requirement: PRAXIS Core, ACT, SAT, or GRE (after second semester)
The A.A.T. degree is designed to meet state requirements for the first two years of teacher education. Students must achieve a minimum of 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.

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 A.A.T. 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 A.A.T. programs must complete specified content courses.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum approaches and effective methods of teaching and learning through creating and presenting lesson plans applicable to course topics.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop an initial knowledge base in future teaching content areas by successfully completing coursework in relevant areas.
Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Maryland State Department of Education Grants for tuition, fees, and books
  • Hattie N. Harrison Memorial Scholarship (Child Development or Early Childhood Education)

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2016-2017 Curriculum Pathway

2015 Curriculum Pathway

Education Programs Overview
 
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Education Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Social Sciences The Education Area of Concentration within the A.A. in Social Sciences program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university outside of the state of Maryland to obtain a bachelor's degree and earn state teacher certification, or for students whose desired teaching discipline is not reflected in existing A.A.T. programs.

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in the field of education. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with education faculty.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System. 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.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
3 Concentration EDUC 110 Schools & Society   3 Credits
4 Departmental Requirement PSYC 101 General Psychology   3 Credits
5 Gen Ed Core Wellness Gen Ed   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Departmental Requirement ENGL 102 English Composition & Literature   3 Credits
7 Departmental Requirement ENGL 201 British Literature or ENGL 202 British Literature   3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Science Gen Ed with a lab   4 Credits
9 Concentration EDUC 230 Foundations of Special Education   3 Credits
10 Gen Ed Core Arts Gen. Ed MSDE Basic Skills Testing Requirements: PRAXIS, CORE, ACT, SAT or GRE *   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Concentration ENGL 231 English Language Studies   3 Credits
12 Departmental Requirement ENGL 203 American Literature or ENGL 204 American Literature Or ENGL 230 African American Literature   3 Credits
13 Concentration EDUC 220 Educational Psychology   3 Credits
14 Gen Ed Core History Elective   3 Credits
15 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen. Ed   3/4 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Departmental Requirement ENGL 205 World Literature through 1650 C.E. Or ENGL 206 World Literature 1650 C.E. through present   1/3 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement PSYC 204 Psychology of Adolescence   3 Credits
18 Departmental Requirement History Elective   3 Credits
19 Departmental Requirement Computer Literacy Gen. Ed   3 Credits
20 Departmental Requirement Elective   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Learning Outcomes  
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum approaches and effective methods of teaching and learning through creating and presenting lesson plans applicable to course topics.
  • 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.
  •  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.
  •  Develop an initial knowledge base in future teaching content areas by successfully completing coursework in relevant areas.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation
  *Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Education Programs Overview


Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Don and Julie Cleveland Memorial Scholarship
  • Maryland State Department of Education Grants for tuition, fees, and books
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education A.A.T. Degree This curriculum is designed for students planning to transfer to an elementary and/or special education teacher preparation program at a four-year college or university in the state of Maryland.

Completion of an A.A.T. degree is considered to have satisfied the lower division requirements for a teacher education program in the state of Maryland. This includes General Education requirements and the necessary learning outcomes for teacher education. An A.A.T. graduate who has been admitted to a four-year state college or university in Maryland will have completed the first two years of a teacher preparation bachelor's degree.

Each A.A.T. has specific course requirements to ensure that all learning outcomes are met, and students should follow their Curriculum Pathway and meet with the program manager regularly to ensure that their course selections are appropriate for their desired degree.
 
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 basics skills tests  (PRAXIS, Core, SAT, ACT) for future teachers.

Admission and transfer to a four-year college or university is a multi-step process and is not guaranteed.  Applications to the institution and the teacher education program may be required. Students should apply as early as possible and consider more than one transfer school, as they offer different degrees. Students should consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine specific requirements and deadlines for admission. Students wishing to transfer out of state should consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine how courses taken at FCC will meet the requirements of that school’s degree plan.   

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in the field of education. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with education faculty.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core MA 110 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics   4 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement EDUC 110 Schools and Society   3 Credits
4 Departmental Requirement BSCI 100 Fundamental Concepts of Biology or BSCI 150 Principles of Biology I   4 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

5 Departmental Requirement ENGL 102 English Composition & Literature   3 Credits
6 Departmental Requirement MATH 113 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics II   4 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core PSYC 101 General Psychology   3 Credits
8 Program Requirement EDUC 230 Foundations of Special Education   3 Credits
9 Departmental Requirement PHSC 111 Introduction to Physical Science   4 Credits
Take PRAXIS exam if needed *   0 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

10 Departmental Requirement MATH 127 Statistics with Probability   4 Credits
11 Departmental Requirement PHSC 112 Introduction to Earth Systems Science   4 Credits
12 Departmental Requirement EDUC 220 Educational Psychology   3 Credits
13 Departmental Requirement COMM 103 Speech Fundamentals or COMM 105 Small Group Communication   3 Credits
14 Gen Ed Core ARTT 100 Introduction to Creative Arts   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

15 Departmental Requirement EDUC 240 Processes and Acquisitions of Reading   3 Credits
16 Departmental Requirement EDPS 210 Human Growth and Development   3 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement HIST 102 History of Western Civilization II or HIST 201 History of the United States I or HIST 202 History of the United States II   3 Credits
18 Departmental Requirement HLTH 204 Health Education   3 Credits
19 Departmental Requirement GEOG 102 Cultural Geography (satisfies cultural competence requirement)   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take PRAXIS exam if needed after the second semester. The A.A.T. degree is designed to meet state requirements for the first two years of teacher education. Students must achieve a minimum of 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.

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 A.A.T. 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 A.A.T. programs must complete specified content courses.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum approaches and effective methods of teaching and learning through creating and presenting lesson plans applicable to course topics.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop an initial knowledge base in future teaching content areas by successfully completing coursework in relevant areas.
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2016-2017 Curriculum Pathway

2015 Curriculum Pathway

Education Programs Overview


Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Don and Julie Cleveland Memorial Scholarship
  • Maryland State Department of Education Grants for tuition, fees, and books
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

English Education A.A.T. Degree This curriculum is designed for students planning to transfer to an English teacher preparation program at a four-year college or university in the state of Maryland.

Completion of an A.A.T. degree is considered to have satisfied the lower division requirements for a teacher education program in the state of Maryland. This includes General Education requirements and the necessary learning outcomes for teacher education. An A.A.T. graduate who has been admitted to a four-year state college or university in Maryland will have completed the first two years of a teacher preparation bachelor's degree.

Each A.A.T. has specific course requirements to ensure that all learning outcomes are met, and students should follow their Curriculum Pathway and meet with the program manager regularly to ensure that their course selections are appropriate for their desired degree.
 
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 basics skills tests  (PRAXIS, Core, SAT, ACT) for future teachers.

Admission and transfer to a four-year college or university is a multi-step process and is not guaranteed.  Applications to the institution and the teacher education program may be required. Students should apply as early as possible and consider more than one transfer school, as they offer different degrees. Students should consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine specific requirements and deadlines for admission. Students wishing to transfer out of state should consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine how courses taken at FCC will meet the requirements of that school’s degree plan.   

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in the field of education. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with education faculty.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement EDUC 110 Schools & Society   3 Credits
4 Departmental Requirement PSYC 101 General Psychology   3 Credits
5 Gen Ed Core Wellness Gen Ed   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Departmental Requirement ENGL102 English Composition & Literature   3 Credits
7 Departmental Requirement ENGL 201 British Literature or ENGL 202 British Literature (spring only)   3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Science Gen Ed with a lab   4 Credits
9 Departmental Requirement EDUC 230 Foundations of Special Education   3 Credits
10 Gen Ed Core Arts Gen Ed MSDE Basic Skills Testing Requirements: PRAXIS, CORE, ACT, SAT or GRE *   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Departmental Requirement ENGL 231 English Language Studies   3 Credits
12 Departmental Requirement ENGL 203 American Literature or ENGL 204 American Literature Or ENGL 230 African American Literature   3 Credits
13 Departmental Requirement EDUC 220 Educational Psychology   3 Credits
14 Departmental Requirement History Elective   3 Credits
15 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen Ed   3/4 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Departmental Requirement ENGL 205 World Literature through 1650 C.E. Or ENGL 206 World Literature 1650 C.E. through present   3 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement PSYC 204 Psychology of Adolescence   3 Credits
18 Departmental Requirement History Elective   3 Credits
19 Departmental Requirement Computer Literacy Gen Ed   3 Credits
20 Departmental Requirement Elective   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
MSDE Basic Skills Testing Requirement: PRAXIS Core, ACT, SAT, or GRE (after second semester)
The A.A.T. degree is designed to meet state requirements for the first two years of teacher education. Students must achieve a minimum of 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.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum approaches and effective methods of teaching and learning through creating and presenting lesson plans applicable to course topics.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop an initial knowledge base in future teaching content areas by successfully completing coursework in relevant areas.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation


*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Education Programs Overview

Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Anne Slater English Department Scholarship
  • Frederick News Post Scholarship
  • Eric James Verfuerth Scholarship Endowment Fund
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Mathematics Education A.A.T. Degree This curriculum is designed for students planning to transfer to a mathematics teacher preparation program at a four-year college or university in the state of Maryland.

Completion of an A.A.T. degree is considered to have satisfied the lower division requirements for a teacher education program in the state of Maryland. This includes General Education requirements and the necessary learning outcomes for teacher education. An A.A.T. graduate who has been admitted to a four-year state college or university in Maryland will have completed the first two years of a teacher preparation bachelor's degree.

Each A.A.T. has specific course requirements to ensure that all learning outcomes are met, and students should follow their Curriculum Pathway and meet with the Program Manager regularly to ensure that their course selections are appropriate for their desired degree.
 
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 basics skills tests  (PRAXIS, Core, SAT, ACT) for futures teachers.

Admission and transfer to a four-year college or university is a multi-step process and is not guaranteed.  Applications to the institution and the teacher education program may be required.  Students should apply as early as possible and consider more than one transfer school, as they offer different degrees. Students should consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine specific requirements and deadlines for admission.  Students wishing to transfer out of state should consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine how courses taken at FCC will meet the requirements of that school’s degree plan.   

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in the field of education. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with education faculty.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core MATH 185 Calculus I (Prerequisite MATH 165)   4 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement EDUC 110 Schools and Society   3 Credits
4 Gen Ed Core PSYC 101 General Psychology   3 Credits
5 Gen Ed Core Wellness Gen Ed   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Departmental Requirement MATH 195 Calculus II   4 Credits
7 Departmental Requirement ED 230 Foundations of Special Education   3 Credits
8 Departmental Requirement PSYC 204 Psychology of Adolescence   3 Credits
9 Gen Ed Core Communications Gen Ed   3 Credits
10 Departmental Requirement Elective** MSDE Basic Skills Testing Requirements PRAXIS CORE. ACT, SAT or GRE   3 Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Gen Ed Core Arts Gen Ed   3 Credits
12 Departmental Requirement MATH 265 Linear Algebra   3 Credits
13 Departmental Requirement EDUC 202 Educational Psychology   3 Credits
14 Departmental Requirement PHYS 151 General Physics I **   4 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

15 Departmental Requirement PHYS 252 General Physics II   4 Credits
16 Departmental Requirement MATH 285 Calculus III   4 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement Elective **   3 Credits
18 Gen Ed Core Humanities Gen Ed   3 Credits
19 Departmental Requirement Computer Literacy Gen Ed   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
*Students who have not taken MA 111 Precalculus should take it as an elective before starting the Calculus sequence.

****Recommended to include MA 165 or MA 145 in the first semester if needed, and PHYS 101 if there has been no previous course work in Physics


MSDE Basic Skills Testing Requirement: PRAXIS Core, ACT, SAT, or GRE (after second semester)
The A.A.T. degree is designed to meet state requirements for the first two years of teacher education. Students must achieve a minimum of 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.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum approaches and effective methods of teaching and learning through creating and presenting lesson plans applicable to course topics.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop an initial knowledge base in future teaching content areas by successfully completing coursework in relevant areas.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation


*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Education Programs Overview

Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Don and Julie Cleveland Memorial Scholarship
  • Maryland State Department of Education Grants for tuition, fees, and books
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Spanish Education A.A.T. Degree This curriculum is designed for students planning to transfer to a Spanish teacher preparation program at a four-year college or university in the state of Maryland.

Completion of an A.A.T. degree is considered to have satisfied the lower division requirements for a teacher education program in the state of Maryland. This includes General Education requirements and the necessary learning outcomes for teacher education. An A.A.T. graduate who has been admitted to a four-year state college or university in Maryland will have completed the first two years of a teacher preparation bachelor's degree.

Each A.A.T. has specific course requirements to ensure that all learning outcomes are met, and students should follow their Curriculum Pathway and meet with the program manager regularly to ensure that their course selections are appropriate for their desired degree.
 
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 basics skills tests  (PRAXIS, Core, SAT, ACT) for future teachers.

Admission and transfer to a four-year college or university is a multi-step process and is not guaranteed.  Applications to the institution and the teacher education program may be required. Students should apply as early as possible and consider more than one transfer school, as they offer different degrees. Students should consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine specific requirements and deadlines for admission. Students wishing to transfer out of state should consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine how courses taken at FCC will meet the requirements of that school’s degree plan.   

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in the field of education. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with education faculty.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.

1Recommended First Semester

1 Gen Ed Core ENGL 101 English Composition   3 Credits
2 Gen Ed Core Mathematics Gen Ed   3/4 Credits
3 Departmental Requirement EDUC 110 Schools & Society   3 Credits
4 Departmental Requirement SPAN 101 Introductory Spanish I   3 Credits
5 Departmental Requirement Computer Literacy Gen Ed   3 Credits

2Recommended Second Semester

6 Departmental Requirement SPAN 102 Introductory Spanish II   3 Credits
7 Gen Ed Core PSYC 101 General Psychology   3 Credits
8 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen Ed with a lab   4 Credits
9 Departmental Requirement EDUC 230 Foundations of Special Education   3 Credits
10 Departmental Requirement Communications Gen Ed   3 Credits
Note: Take PRAXIS exam, if needed.   na Credits

3Recommended Third Semester

11 Departmental Requirement SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I   3 Credits
12 Departmental Requirement World Language other than Spanish (first of two of the same language)   3 Credits
13 Departmental Requirement EDUC 220 Educational Psychology   3 Credits
14 Gen Ed Core Art Gen Ed   3 Credits
15 Departmental Requirement Elective (Recommend SPAN 211 Spanish Conversation I)   3 Credits

4Recommended Fourth Semester

16 Departmental Requirement SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II   3 Credits
17 Departmental Requirement World Language other than Spanish (same language as the first)   3 Credits
18 Departmental Requirement PSYC 204 Psychology of Adolescence   3 Credits
19 Gen Ed Core Biological & Physical Sciences Gen Ed   3 Credits
20 Gen Ed Core Wellness Gen Ed   3 Credits
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
Take within the first 24 credits Fall Only

Spring Only Available Online

Milestone Course - take within recommended credit range to stay on track for completion

Note: Courses offered online may not be available every semester. Please see the course schedule to confirm course formats.
MSDE Basic Skills Testing Requirement: PRAXIS Core, ACT, SAT, or GRE (after second semester)
The A.A.T. degree is designed to meet state requirements for the first two years of teacher education. Students must achieve a minimum of 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.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum approaches and effective methods of teaching and learning through creating and presenting lesson plans applicable to course topics.
  • 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.
  • 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.

2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Course Rotation

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway

2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway

Education Programs Overview

Available Scholarships for this Program:
  • Don and Julie Cleveland Memorial Scholarship
  • Maryland State Department of Education Grants for tuition, fees, and books.
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
Admission and transfer to a four-year institution is a multi-step process and is not guaranteed. Applications to the institution and the teacher education program may be required. Students should apply as early as possible and consider more than one transfer school, as they offer different degrees. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine specific requirements and deadlines for admission.

Students wishing to transfer out of state should consult with the teacher preparation program at the transfer institution of their choice to determine how courses taken at FCC will meet the requirements of that school’s degree plan. To find more information about how credits will transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.

 

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