Oct 21, 2021
Associate of Arts (A.A.)
General Education - 36-39 Credits
General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:
(Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education courses . One 3-credit General Education course must be a Diversity course.)
- Information Technology 3 Credits.
- Biological and Physical Sciences (from 2 different disciplines or 2-course sequence, 1 with a lab) 7-8 Credits.
- Arts and Humanities 3 Credits.
- Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.
- Global, Historical, and Cultural Perspectives 2 Credits.
- Mathematics 3-5 Credits.
- Wellness and Health 3 Credits.
Pre-Professional Education Requirements - 15 Credits
Recommended Pre-Professional Education Electives:
(Selection of electives dependent upon articulation with four-year transfer institution and the number of credits required to complete A.A. degree)
Additional electives in the area of desired specialization - 7-9 Credits.
Total Credits Required for Degree 60-63*
*A new college orientation requirement, completion of the one-credit ACDV 101 course, Transitioning to College, went into effect spring 2010. If you are a credit student who is new to college (meaning you have not successfully completed college coursework at another institution(s)), you are required to take ACDV 101 during your first semester at CCBC, thereby increasing the number of credits required for the degree to 61-64 credits. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) in order for this requirement to be waived.
Upon successful completion of this degree option, students will be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of how children learn and develop by analyzing instructional practices and student behaviors during an observation in an authentic setting;
- provide learning opportunities that support a child’s intellectual, social, and personal development by creating instructional activities that are developmentally appropriate;
- understand diversity and its connection to learning by analyzing hypothetical scenarios;
- use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation by analyzing instructional practices and student behaviors during an observation in an authentic setting;
- understand how to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom using verbal, non-verbal, and technological communication techniques by creating a lesson plan using the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum;
- be reflective and continually evaluate the effects of his or her choices and actions on self and others by completion of their Individual Development Plan; and,
- understand the importance of fostering relationships with colleagues, families, and the larger community by utilizing technology to identify school-and community-based resources that support parents and families.
This degree is provided for students who changed their major from another program or degree option where they earned 35 or more credits. It does not transfer seamlessly to Maryland four-year institutions offering Teacher Education programs. Students pursuing the A.A. degree option must meet with the CCBC Teacher Education Director or their campus coordinator before registering for classes.
Teacher Education majors are strongly encouraged to take the PRAXIS I Series Core Battery Tests upon completion of the pre-professional education requirements and are required to register for PRAXIS I Series Core Battery Tests* (see exceptions below) prior to participating in EDTR 273 - Field-Based Experience . Passing the PRAXIS I Series Core Battery Tests is a requirement for acceptance into most colleges of education. It also is required for Maryland State teacher certification. CCBC offers PRAXIS I Series Core Battery Tests prep courses to help prepare students for the tests.
*In place of Praxis I, Maryland will accept the following options from candidates:
- SAT taken after 2005: math and critical reading composite score of 1100.
- SAT taken between April, 1995, and 2005: math and verbal composite score of 1100.
- SAT taken prior to April, 1995,: math and verbal composite score of 1000.
- ACT composite score of 24.
- GRE math and verbal composite score of 1000.
Generic Special Education-Early Childhood, in Maryland, includes birth-grades 3.
Generic Special Education-Elementary, in Maryland, includes grades 1-8.
Generic Special Education-Secondary, in Maryland, includes grades 6-adult.