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 this issue with the Education Program Coordinator or a faculty member in Education.
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
Gen Ed Core
ENGL 101 - English Composition
Gen Ed Core
MATH 185 - Calculus I (Prerequisite MATH 165)
EDUC 110 - Schools & Society
Gen Ed Core
PSYC 101 - General Psychology
Gen Ed Core
Wellness Elective (Gen Ed course list)
2Recommended Second Semester
MATH 195 - Calculus II
EDUC 230 - Foundations of Special Education
PSYC 204 - Psychology of Adolescence
Gen Ed Core
Communications Elective (Gen Ed course list)
Ensure that MSDE Testing Requirements are met: PRAXIS Core for Educators, ACT, SAT or GRE*
3Recommended Third Semester
Gen Ed Core
Arts Elective (Gen Ed course list)
MATH 265 - Linear Algebra
EDUC 220 - Educational Psychology
PHYS 151 - General Physics I **
4Recommended Fourth Semester
PHYS 252 - General Physics II
MATH 285 - Calculus III
Humanities Elective (Gen Ed course list)
Computer Literacy Elective (Gen Ed course list)
**Recommended MATH 165 or MATH 145 in the first semester if needed, and PHYS 101 if there has been no previous work in Physics.
*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.
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
- 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 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