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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2020-2021 Catalog 
    Jan 20, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education, A.A.T.

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The Associate of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education degree is designed for those students preparing to transfer to a four-year institution in Maryland to obtain a baccalaureate degree and earn state teacher certification in early childhood education (birth to grade 3). The program has been articulated with all of the transfer programs in elementary education in the state of Maryland and makes degree holders eligible to transfer to the four-year institution with full junior status. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a total of 45 hours of field experience in a variety of educational settings. Degree students must complete all course work with a grade of “C” or better, obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA, submit a professional portfolio that meets the standards of the Education faculty and earn a passing score on a basic skills test of high school level reading, writing, and math (PRAXIS I, SAT, ACT, or GRE), or a 3.0 GPA.

Program Pathway

First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition
*( ENG 101E  is an approved substitution for ENG 101) 
3   EDU 211 Introduction to Special Education 3
MAT 101 College Algebra 3   MAT 109 Statistics 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3   PHS 104 General Physical Science 4
BIO 106 Unity and Diversity of Living Things 4  

HIS 201
HIS 202 

United States History I
United States History II

EDU 103 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3   EDU 114 The Developing Child 3
TOTAL   16   TOTAL   16
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
HUM 201 The Arts: A Creative Synthesis 3   GEO 105 World Regional Geography 3
MAT 107 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics I 3   PHS 111 Earth Science 4
PSY 203 Educational Psychology 3   MAT 108 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics II 3
EDU 115 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education 3   EDU 240 Education Capstone Field Experience; 1-3 credits 3
EDU 212 Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3        
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   13

General Education Requirements (29 Credits)

Degree Requirement (60 Credits)


Students who have been convicted of child abuse, sexual abuse of a minor, or crimes of violence are precluded from employment in the field of teaching. Please discuss concerns with your advisor.

* The Introduction to Special Education course required by Hagerstown Community College is a necessary requirement of the College’s A.A.T. Degree in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education​, but is not sufficient to meet all 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 a part of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree and teacher education certification at four-year institutions.

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