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Catalog 2017-2018 
Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education/Generic Special Education, Birth-Grade 3, AAT

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No. of Credits: 64
Contact: P. Allen, Chair, Social Sciences and Public Services Division;
E. Settle, Program Coordinator

The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) Early Childhood Education program is designed for students preparing to transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification. The program incorporates foundation coursework in teacher education, field-based experience, and content coursework in a selected certification area. Like the AAT in Elementary Education, the educational objectives of the program are detailed in the document entitled Maryland Outcomes For Teacher Preparation: The First Sixty Hours. Two-year and four-year higher education faculty from Maryland colleges and universities collaboratively produced the document. The document represents a broad consensus of what a prospective classroom teacher should know and demonstrate upon completion of the first 60 credits of an undergraduate teacher preparation program. The AAT/ECE program encompasses the standards set forth by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the Interstate Teacher Assessment & Support Consortium (INTASC), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Head Start Program Performance Standards, and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Students earning the AAT/ECE must achieve a 2.75 or higher Grade Point Average at graduation; complete at least 45 hours of supervised field experience; and pass a Maryland State Department of Education approved basic skills test.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 48.

Career Opportunities:

transfer in Early Childhood Teacher Education

Transfer Opportunities:

A complete list of all transfer opportunities can be found on the Transfer Services page

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will…

  1. Identify and describe cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of learners.
  2. Identify and implement ways to accommodate the needs of diverse learners in the classroom.
  3. Locate and synthesize current research on school and classroom environments that support active learning and student achievement.
  4. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate lessons that integrate effective strategies and assessments.
  5. Reflect on and analyze personal professional learning and practice to foster continued professional growth.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

Social/behavioral sciences (3 credits)


  • Any ECN, GRY, POL, or SOC


* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite

**** Pending MHEC approval

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