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Early Childhood & Special Education

Developing a passion for learning starts at an early age. The passion for teaching the youngest of minds should also be fostered and honed to ensure educators are on the leading edge of educational practice.

Why choose Garrett for Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Special Education?

Garrett College’s education programs are highly committed to providing pre-service teachers with the highest quality education to properly prepare them for the rigors of teaching in the 21st century. By educating teacher candidates in theory, analytical thinking, practical methods, and the latest proven methods, we strive to give candidates the necessary tools to become effective and efficient educational leaders.

NOTE: The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) program discussed here is designed for transfer to a four-year Maryland institution. Students wishing to transfer to an out-of-state institution should follow the Early Childhood Education program

Teacher Education Degrees

Garrett College awards an Associate in Arts in Teaching degree to graduates of the Teacher Education Early Childhood/Special Education concentration.

Program Goals

Information Literacy Skills: Students will incorporate information literacy skills that will evidence their ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use information to complete assignments.

Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate competency in written and verbal communication appropriate to their teacher education focus (early childhood, elementary, secondary education).

Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills: Students will research, analyze, and evaluate learning theories, strategies, and technology relevant to classroom instruction. Students will develop and demonstrate the ability to manage classroom activities and behavior.

Scientific Literacy and Quantitative Reasoning Skills: Students will demonstrate competent understanding of the life sciences, physical sciences, earth science, and mathematics as required for teacher certification.

Information Management Skills: Students will utilize technology in preparing reports and presentations appropriate to their area of study in teacher education.

Academic and Technical Proficiency in the Major: Students will demonstrate the skills required for a successful career in teaching including objective observation of students, developing lesson plans, and classroom management.

Program Benefits

Students in the Early Childhood Education/Special Education program get high educational value at Garrett with the following:

  • Transferability of most credits in many regional four-year institutions
  • Broad educational foundation
  • Affordable start to a four-year degree

Career Goals

Garrett's Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education program prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a career in any of the following general or specialty fields:

  • Pre-school teacher/assistant
  • Daycare worker
  • Children's programming

Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education
(A.A.T) Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 62

GER Required (36 Credits)

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    Min. C grade required

Arts and Humanities

  • ENG102  Comp II—Intro to Literature  3
  • ART115  Visual Imagery  3
  • HIS111  American History to 1865
    or  HIS112  American History since 1865
    or  HIS121  Twentieth Century World  3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • PSY101  General Psychology  3
  • GEO201  Cultural Geography  3

Science

  • BIO101  General Biology  4
  • PHY130  Physical Science  4
  • ESC101  Physical Geology
    or  ESC121  Physical Geography
    or  CHE101  General Chemistry I  4

Mathematics

  • MAT105  College Algebra  3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • CIS105  Intro to Computers  3

Core Courses (26 credits)

  • EDU105  Career in Analysis in Education  1
  • EDU101  Early Childhood Educ I  3
  • EDU102  Early Childhood Educ II  3
  • EDU201  Foundations of Education  3
  • EDU210  Intro Exceptional Individual  3
  • EDU270  Process/Acquisition of Reading  3
  • EDU275  Teaching Lab  1
  • MAT121  Elementary Mathematics I  3
  • MAT122  Elementary Mathematics II  3
  • PSY220  Child Psychology  3

Additional Graduation Requirements:

  • Must pass PRAXIS CORE exam (students with a 1100 math & reading SAT score or a 24 ACT score are exempt)
  • Minimum CGPA 2.75

Successful completion of PRAXIS CORE may be required for entry into many education programs. Students are highly encouraged to complete the PRAXIS CORE exam before applying to a transfer institution.

Additionally, 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.

This program has been approved for an exception to the 60-credit limit mandated under the College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013.