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Elementary Education

Remember that amazing fourth-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?

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 Teacher Education programs are 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 Elementary Education/Special Education A.A.T. program. This AA program is designed for transfer to an out-of-state institution. Students wishing to transfer to a Maryland institution should follow the Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education AAT program.

Teacher Education Degrees

Garrett College awards an Associate in Arts degree to graduates of the Teacher Education Elementary Education concentration.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate competency in written and oral communication appropriate to their teacher education focus.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to research, analyze, and evaluate learning theories, strategies, and technology relevant to classroom instruction.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to research and apply current instructional strategies, pedagogical trends, and best practices to curriculum development.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to develop and implement various forms of assessment to monitor and manage student learning.
  • Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of basic concepts, terminology, and techniques appropriate to their area of study in teacher education.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to differentiate instruction for students of all abilities.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to create lesson plans and develop instructional strategies based on state curriculum and INTASC standards.

Program Benefits

Students in the Elementary Education program get high educational value at Garrett College 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 Elementary 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 instruction
  • Childrens' programming
  • Childrens' literature

Elementary Education concentration
Teacher Education A.A. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

Institutional Requirement 1

  • FYE101  First Year Experience  1

GER Required Credits 32

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   Twentieth Century World   3

Social & Behavioral Science Course

  • 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


  • MAT105  College Algebra  3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • EDU246  Educational Technology  3

Core Courses (8 Credits)

  • EDU105  Career Analysis in Education  1
  • EDU201  Foundations of Education  3
  • EDU275  Teaching Lab  1
  • PSY211  Educational Psych  3

Concentration Coursework (18 Credits)

  • ART115  Visual Imagery  3
  • EDU210  Intro Exceptional Individual  3
  • EDU270  Process/Acquisition of Reading  3
  • HEA209  Health & PE for Classroom  3
  • MAT121  Elementary Math I   3
  • MAT122  Elementary Math II   3

Electives 1

Choose elective after consultation with advisor.