Secondary Education

Award: Associate of Arts
Degree Code: ESER
Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

This degree option provides the first two years of college for students preparing to become secondary education teachers. To earn the A.A. degree, students must graduate with a 2.75 GPA pass the Praxis I Exam1 (or an approved alternative test equivalency) and successfully complete a professional portfolio approved by the Director of Teacher Education. All students who enroll in this program should work closely with their advisor and the Director of Teacher Education. Changes in the program requirements at four-year institutions may affect the transferability of credits earned in the program.

The College’s computer literacy requirement is met throughout the degree program.

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 and Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
BIO 101 and
BIO 111
General Biology [S]
General Biology Lab
3
1
EDU 101 Foundations of Education 3
EDU 102 Foundations of Education - Field Experience 1
EDU 207 Educational Psychology - Field Experience 1
EDU 251 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth 2 3
EDU 253 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth - Field Experience 2 1
EGL 263 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part I 3
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
ELECT Discipline Electives 3 12
HST 201 or
HST 202
United States History I [H]
United States History II [H]   
3
MAT Math Elective [M] 3-4
PSC 105 General Physical Science with Lab [SL] 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
PSY 203 Child Growth and Development 3
PSY 207 Educational Psychology 3
SOC SCI Social Science Elective 4 [SS] 3
SPH 141 Public Speaking [H] 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 (13 credits)
EDU 101 Introduction to Education
EDU 102 Introduction to Education - Field Experience
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
ELECT Discipline Elective
Spring I (16-17 credits)
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
ELECT Discipline Elective
MAT Math Elective
PSC 105 General Physical Science with Lab
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
Fall II (17 credits)
BIO 101 and
BIO 111
General Biology
General Biology Lab
EDU 251 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth
EDU 253 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth - Field Experience
EDU 263 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part I
ELECT Discipline Elective
PSY 203 Child Growth and Development
Spring II* (13 credits)
HST 201 or
HST 202
United States History I
United States History II
EDU 207 Educational Psychology - Field Experience
PSY 207 Educational Psychology
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
SPH 141 Public Speaking

*A discipline elective is “optional” in the Spring II semester since students are required to complete a minimum of 9 credits for discipline electives (9–12 credits).

Program Outcomes

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

  • Identify major historical events in education and analyze the impact of those events with current educational trends
  • Identify the policies, issues, trends, and historical events in the field of secondary education
  • Identify the psychological, cognitive, emotional, and physical characteristics of typically developing children and adolescents, with specific consideration to disabilities and cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Demonstrate progress toward mastery of the Maryland Technology Standards
  • Identify the current and inclusive philosophies for differentiating instruction to analyze, improve, and facilitate instruction for diverse learners
  • Demonstrate progress toward mastering the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Standards
  • Develop excellent written, verbal, critical thinking, and problem solving skills

Career Opportunities

Middle and high school teacher – subject specific, such as math, science or English, tutoring counseling, librarian, research, curriculum and textbook review.

 

1 The Praxis I Exam should be taken after completing 45 credits. For more information about the Praxis I Exam, students should contact the Director of Teacher Education 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.
3 Student should select four electives that relate to their intended area of concentration as a secondary level teacher.​
4 ​​Social Science Elective must be a course designation other than PSY.