Early Childhood Elementary Education & Elementary Special Education
Remember that amazing third-grade teacher that made learning enjoyable? That could soon be you. Start here to begin transforming your passion for teaching into being an inspiring teacher.
Why choose Garrett for Elementary Education and Elementary Special Education?
Garret College Teacher 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 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 Teacher Education A.A. degree program.
Teacher Education Degrees
Garrett College awards an Associate in Arts in Teaching degree to graduates of the Teacher Education Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education concentration.
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.
Students in the Elementary Education/Elementary 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
Garrett's Elementary Education/Elementary 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:
- Elementary classroom instructor
- Elementary special education classroom instruction
- Childrens' programming
Early Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education
Total Credit Hours Required 62
GER Required (36 credits)
- ENG101 Comp I—Expos Writing 3
Arts and Humanities
- SPC101 Intro to Communication 3
- ENG102 Comp II—Intro to Literature 3
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
- BIO101 General Biology 4
- PHY130 Physical Science 4
or ESC121 Physical Geography
or CHE101 General Chemistry I 4
- MAT105 College Algebra 3
- CIS105 Intro to Computers 3
Core Courses (26 credits)
- ART115 Visual Imagery 3
- EDU105 Career in Analysis in Education 1
- EDU201 Foundation 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
- PSY211 Educational Psych 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
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. 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.
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.