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2014 -2015 Chesapeake College Catalog 
2014 -2015 Chesapeake College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education A.A.T. Degree (305)

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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 Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education A.A.T. Degree facilitates transfer to a Maryland four-year institution for students to complete a course of study to become elementary school or special education teachers. This program provides the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree and teacher certification program. 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. 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 Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education A.A.T. Degree will:

  • Provide a core of professional course work, field experience, and general education appropriate for the first two years of teacher preparation in elementary education.
  • Facilitate proficiency in content knowledge and skills for the College’s general education competencies.
  • Prepare students to transfer to an elementary education or elementary special 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:

  • Distinguish the social, physical, emotional, and cognitive states of development from infancy through adolescence of developing children, children with disabilities, and children who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
  • Interpret significant historical events, issues, research, trends, and emerging developments in elementary education and the implications they have for practice in elementary and adolescent instructional programs.
  • 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.
  • Determine how elementary children develop and learn to read, write, speak, and listen effectively.
  • Articulate the historical, philosophical, and legal bases of services for school students with special needs or disabilities and identify community resources available to the students and families. 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 elementary children that demonstrate a basic understanding of the concepts, inquiry tools, and content areas.
  • Analyze and reflect on experiences with children 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 effective use of written, verbal, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrate skills, dispositions, and attitudes of professional and ethical behavior.
  • Interpret and evaluate the holistic nature of human knowledge from a variety of cultures and historical periods.

For additional educational opportunities related to this field, see the College’s Teacher Aide Certificate or the Bachelor’s degree programs offered through the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center.

For more information, contact the Executive Director for the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at: 410-827-5761.

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

Minimum Required Credits: 64

Additional Requirements:

Students must meet all program requirements, including course content and outcomes, a grade of “C” or better in 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.


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

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

(PED 105  meets General Education Program requirements for the Teacher Education AAT program only.)

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 education or 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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