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2013-2014 Chesapeake College Catalog 
2013-2014 Chesapeake College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education-Physics, A.A.T. (308)

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This program of study meets all the General Education Requirements at Chesapeake College.

Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree

Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Secondary Education—Physics A.A.T. Degree facilitates transfer to a Maryland four year institution for students to complete a course of study to become a secondary education physics teacher. This program provides the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree and teacher certification program in physics. To earn the A.A.T. degree, students must achieve a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, pass the Praxis I Exam, and complete a professional portfolio.

Program Description: The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree program is designed for teacher education transfer students. The program is based on specific learning outcomes and is comprised of foundation-level pedagogical coursework,  field experience, and general education which meet academic content, outcomes, and requirements of the first two years in a teacher education program in physics. The program provides students with seamless transfer into a teacher education program at any Maryland college or university. Students should acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department at the receiving institution and consult with an academic advisor in planning an appropriate program. The College’s transfer advisor can provide additional information regarding the transfer requirements of institutions within the University of Maryland System.

Program Goals: The Secondary Education—Physics A.A.T. Degree program will:

  • Facilitate proficiency in content knowledge and skills for the College’s general education competencies.
  • Provide a core of professional course work, academic content, field experience, and general education appropriate for the first two years of secondary teacher preparation in physics.
  • Prepare students to transfer to a mathematics secondary education program at a four-year institution in the State of Maryland.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the essential principles and concepts of physics.
  • Define, investigate, and analyze issues in physics and present findings that combine text and graphic illustrations in a meaningful format.
  • Distinguish the social, physical, emotional, and cognitive states of development of children from infancy through adolescence.
  • Interpret significant historical events, issues, research, trends, and emerging developments in education and the implications they have for practice, development, and change of curricula.
  • Construct learning opportunities that support individual students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation using the major concepts, principles, theories,and research related to development of adolescents.
  • Integrate systematic and effective observation, documentation, and assessment strategies in observing and working with children.
  • Apply knowledge of cultural and linguistic diversity and the significance of socio-cultural and political contexts for student development and learning.
  • Create meaningful, challenging, and developmentally appropriate learning experiences and environment for high school students that demonstrate a basic understanding of the concepts, inquiry tools, and content areas.
  • Analyze and reflect on experiences with high school students in learning environments to improve instruction and to assess appropriateness and effectiveness of models for classroom and behavior management.
  • Integrate prior knowledge/experience and new learning through the use of effective written, verbal, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate skills, dispositions, and attitudes of professional and ethical behavior.

For More Information, Contact:
Dr. Deanna Stock
Education Department
Chesapeake College
P.O. Box 8, Wye Mills, MD 21679
410-822-5400, ext. 2313.

Program Requirements:

[Courses Appear in Recommended Sequence.]

Minimum Required Credits: 62

Additional Requirements:

Students must meet all program requirements, i ncluding course content and outcomes, a grade of “C” or better i n all courses, a cumulative grade point average of 2.75, an approved portfolio, and passing scores on the Praxis-I Exam (Alternatives: Appropriate SAT score, ACT composite score, or GRE composite score). Note: It is strongly recommended that Praxis-I be taken by completion of 30 credit hours in the program.

Science Electives can be satisfied by two of the following courses with different prefixes:


♦ Must be taken within the first 12 hours unless exempted by meeting established standards.

+ Prerequisite or corequisite. See course description for details.

Field work, clinical placements, and certification/licensure may involve drug testing and/or background checks performed at the student’s expense.

Notice: The Introduction to Special Education course required by Chesapeake College is a necessary requirement of the College’s AAT degree, but is not sufficient to meet all of the special educationor inclusion course requirements for four-year teacher education programs. 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.

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