Early Childhood Education

Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching
Degree Code: ENAT
Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

This degree provides the first two years of college for students preparing to become Early Childhood Education Teachers. It is designed for students desiring to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Teacher Education. This degree has been articulated with all of the transfer programs in Early Childhood Education in the State of Maryland. To earn the AAT degree, students must graduate with a 2.75 GPA and pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE)1 test.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements
Number Title Credits
BIO 101 and
BIO 111
General Biology [S]
General Biology Lab
3
1
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
HST 201 or
HST 202
United States History I [H]
United States History II [H]
3
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics [M] 4
PSC 105 General Physical Science with Lab [SL] 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
PSY 203 Child Growth and Development [SS] 3
SPH 141 Public Speaking [H] 3
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
ART 195 Integrated Arts 3
EDU 131 Principles of Early Childhood Education 3
EDU 132 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods 3
EDU 202 Principles of Early Childhood - Field Experience 1
EDU 210 Processes and Acquisitions of Reading 3
EDU 250 Classroom Management 3
EDU 251 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth ​2 3
MAT 133 Mathematical Concepts and Structures I 4
MAT 134 Mathematical Concepts and Structures II 4
PSY 207 Educational Psychology 3

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (17 credits)
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
MAT 133 Mathematical Concepts and Structures I
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
EDU 131 Principles of Early Childhood Education
EDU 202 Principles of Early Childhood - Field Experience
HST 201 or
HST 202
United States History I
United States History I​I
Spring I (17 credits)
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
MAT 134 Mathematical Concepts and Structures II
PSC 105 General Physics Science with Lab
EDU 203 Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods - Field Experience
SPH 141 Public Speaking
Fall II (14 credits)
BIO 101 and
BIO 111
General Biology
General Biology Lab
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics
EDU 250 Classroom Management
PSY 203 Child Growth and Development
Spring II (12 credits)
ART 195 Integrated Arts
EDU 210 Processes and Acquisitions of Reading
EDU 251 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth
PSY 207 Educational Psychology

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the policies, issues, trends, and historical events in the field of early childhood education
  • Describe the theories and principles of child development and learning and apply the theories and principles to their classroom teaching
  • Identify the psychological, cognitive, emotional, and physical characteristics of typically developing children and adolescents, with specific consideration to children with disabilities
  • Identify the current and inclusive philosophies for differentiating instruction to analyze, improve, and facilitate instruction for diverse learners
  • Demonstrate understanding of content areas and apply developmentally appropriate approaches to enhance children’s learning and development
  • Identify and explain the models of classroom and behavior management
  • Demonstrate progress toward mastering the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards
  • Identify and conduct themselves as early childhood professionals who use ethical guidelines and National Association for the Education of Young Children standards
  • Demonstrate excellent written, verbal, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate progress toward mastery of the Maryland Technology Standards

Career Opportunities

Child care center staffing, director of center, elementary teacher’s assistant, family child care provider. Successful completers may continue their education and become teachers.​​​

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1 For more information about the CORE test and qualifying SAT, GRE, or ACT scores, students should contact the Education Department Chair or go to www.ets.org/praxis.
2 The Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth course required by Cecil College is a necessary requirement of the Teacher Education Program but may not be 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.​​​​​​