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Early Childhood 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?

Garrett 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: Garrett's Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution. The A.A. degree program discussed here is designed for transfer to institutions outside the state of Maryland. Students planning to transfer within the state of Maryland should follow the Early Childhood Education/Special Education A.A.T. program.

Teacher Education Degrees

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

Program Benefits

Students in the Early Childhood 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 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
  • Day-care
  • Childrens' programming
  • Childrens' literature

Early Childhood Education concentration
Teacher Education A.A. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

Institutional Requirement 1

  • FYE101  First Year Experience  1

GER Required (32 credits)

English Composition

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

Arts and Humanities

  • COM101  Intro to Communication  3
  • ENG102  Comp II—Intro to Literature  3
  • HIS111 American History to 1865
    or  HIS112 American History since 1865
    or  HIS121   20th Century World   3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • PSY101  General Psychology  3
  • SOC101  Principles of Sociology  3


    Select two GER Science Courses from:

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


  • MAT 105  Mathematics Course  3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • ED246  Educational Technology*  3

* Minimum C grade required for this major.

Core Courses (8 credits)

  • EDU105  Career Analysis in Education*  1
  • EDU201  Foundations of Education*  3
  • EDU275  Teaching Lab*  1
  • SOC211  Social Problems*  3

* Minimum C grade required for this major.

Concentration Coursework(18 credits)

  • ART115  Visual Imagery  3
  • EDU101  Early Childhood Educ I*  3
  • EDU102  Early Childhood Educ II*  3
  • EDU210  Intro Exceptional Individual*  3
  • EDU270  Process/Acquisition of Reading*  3
  • PSY220  Child Psychology  3

* Minimum C grade required for this major.

Electives (1 credit)

Choose elective after consultation with advisor.