Secondary Education, English

Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching
Degree Code: SEAT
Number of Credits: 64-65

Program Description

This degree provides the first two years of college for students preparing to become secondary English teachers. Students completing the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree are eligible for admission to Maryland’s four-year colleges’ or universities’ Secondary Teacher Education Programs in English. To earn the AAT degree, students must graduate with a 2.75 GPA, pass the Praxis I Exam1 (or approved alternative test equivalency) and successfully complete a professional portfolio approved by the Director of Teacher Education.

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
ACT Activity Electives 2
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts [I] 3
BIO or
ENV
Biological Science Elective with Lab [S/SL]
Environmental Science Elective with Lab [S/SL]
4
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
HST 101 Western Civilization I [H] 3
MAT Math Elective [M] 3-4
PSC 105 General Physical Science with Lab [SL] 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology [SS] 3
SPH 141 Public Speaking [H] 3
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
EDU 263 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part I 3
EDU 264 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part II 3
EGL 203 or
EGL 204
British Lit. to 18th c. [H]
British Lit. 18th c. to Present [H]   
3
EGL 205 American Lit. to 1865 [H] 3
EGL 206 American Lit. 1865 to Present [H] 3
EGL 209 Introduction to African-American Literature [H] 3
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 (15 credits)
ACT Activities Electives
EDU 101 Foundations of Education
EDU 102 Foundations of Education - Field Experience
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SPH 141 Public Speaking
Spring I (16-17 credits)
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts
EDU 251 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth
EDU 253 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth - Field Study
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
HST 101 Western Civilization I
MAT Math Elective
Fall II (16 credits)
EDU 263 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part I
EGL 203 or
EGL 204
British Lit. to 18th c.
British Lit. 18th c. to Present
EGL 205 American Lit. to 1865
PSC 105 General Physical Science with Lab
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Spring II (17 credits)
BIO or
ENV
Biological Science with Lab
Environmental Science with Lab
EDU 207 Educational Psychology - Field Experience
EDU 264 Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part II
EGL 206 American Lit. 1865 to Present
EGL 209 Introduction to African-American Literature
PSY 207 Educational Psychology

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
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various components of English and the ability to apply developmentally appropriate approaches to enhance children’s learning and development

Career Opportunities

Middle and high school teacher, 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. ​​