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.
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 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
Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education A.A.T. Degree
Total Credit Hours Required 62
GER Required (36 credits)
- ENG101 Comp I—Expos Writing 3
Arts and Humanities
- COM101 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
- EDU246 Educational Technology* 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
- HEA209 Health & PE for Elem Classroom* 3
- MAT121 Elementary Mathematics I* 3
- MAT122 Elementary Mathematics II* 3
- PSY211 Educational Psych* 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.