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 Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate competency in written and oral communication appropriate to their teacher education focus.
- Students will research, analyze, and evaluate learning theories, strategies, and technology relevant to classroom instruction.
- Students will research and apply current instructional strategies, pedagogical trends, and best practices to curriculum development.
- Students will develop and implement various forms of assessment to monitor and manage student learning.
- Students will develop an in-depth understanding of basic concepts, terminology, and techniques appropriate to their area of study in teacher education.
- Students will differentiate instruction for students of all abilities.
- Students will create lesson plans and develop instructional strategies based on state curriculum and INTASC standards.
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
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)
Comp I—Expos Writing
Min. C grade required
Arts and Humanities
- ENG102 Comp II—Intro to Literature 3
- ART115 Visual Imagery 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
- EDU246 Educational Technology* 3
Core Courses (26 credits)
- EDU101 Early Childhood Educ I* 3
- EDU102 Early Childhood Educ II* 3
- EDU105 Career in Analysis in Education* 1
- 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 an ACT composite score of 24 or a SAT combined math & verbal score of 1180 [1100 if taken before 12/31/18] are exempt) OR have minimum 3.0 cgpa at graduation.
- Minimum CGPA 2.75
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.