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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2020-2021 Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2023  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary/Special Education, A.A.T.

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The Associate of Arts in Teaching in Elementary/Special Education 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 elementary education or generic special education. The program has been articulated with all of the transfer programs in elementary education and special 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   COM 108 Introduction to Human Communication 3
MAT 101 College Algebra 3   MAT 109 Statistics 3
BIO 106 Unity and Diversity of Living Things 4   PHS 104 General Physical Science 4
PSY 101 General Psychology 3   EDU 211 Introduction to Special Education 3
EDU 101 Introduction to Education 3   PSY 204 Developmental Psychology: Lifespan Human Development   3
TOTAL   16   TOTAL   16
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits

HIS 201
HIS 202

United States History I
United States History II
3   GEO 105 World Regional Geography 3
HUM 201 The Arts: A Creative Synthesis 3   HEA 103 Personal Health 3
MAT 107 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics I 3   MAT 108 Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics II 3
PSY 203 Educational Psychology 3   PHS 111 Earth Science 4
EDU 212 Processes and Acquisition of Reading 3   PED 198 Fundamental Fitness and Motor Skills 1
        EDU 240 Education Capstone Field Experience; 1-3 credits 3
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   17

General Education Requirements (32 Credits)

Degree Requirement (64 Credits)


* The Introduction to Special Education course required by Hagerstown Community College is a necessary requirement for the College’s A.A.T. Degree in Elementary/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.

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.

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