Secondary Education, Physics

Award: Associate of Arts in Teaching
Degree Code: SPAT
Number of Credits: 66

Program Description

This degree provides the first two years of college for students preparing to become secondary physics 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 Physics. To earn the AAT degree, students must graduate with a 2.75 GPA, pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills Educators (CORE) test1 (or an approved alternative test equivalency) and successfully complete a professional portfolio approved by the Director of Teacher Education. The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education and Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
ACT Activity Electives 2
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I [S]
General Chemistry I Lab
3
1
PSC General Physical Science with Lab Elective [SL] 4
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 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
MAT 201 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry [M] 4
MAT 202 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry [M] 4
MAT 203 Multivariable Calculus [M] 4
MAT 246 Introduction to Differential Equations [M] 3
PHY 207 General Physics I with Lab [SL] 5
PHY 208 General Physics II with Lab [SL] 5
PHY 209 General Physics III with Lab [SL] 5
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
PSY 203 Child Growth and Development 3
PSY 207 Educational Psychology 3
SOC SCI Social Science Elective 3 [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 (17 credits)
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
MAT 201 Calculus I with Analytical Geometry
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
EDU 101 Foundations of Education
EDU 102 Foundations of Education - Field Experience
SPH 141 Public Speaking
Spring I (16 credits)
PHY 207 General Physics I with Lab
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
MAT 202 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry
PSY 207 Educational Psychology
EDU 207 Educational Psychology - Field Study
Fall II (17-18 credits)
ACT Activity Elective(s)
PSY 203 Child Growth and Development
MAT 203 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry
EDU 251 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth
EDU 253 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth - Field Study
PHY 208 General Physics II with Lab
Spring II (16-17 credits)
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
ACT Activity Elective(s)
MAT 246 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 209 General Physics III with Lab
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Lab
PSC General Physical Science with Lab Elective

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
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various components of physics and the ability to apply developmentally appropriate approaches to enhance chil​dren’s learning and development
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the application of mathematics through the level of general calculus physics III

Career Opportunities

Middle and high school teacher, research, curriculum and textbook review.

 

1 The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) test should be taken after completing 45 credits. For more information about the Core test, 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 Social Science Elective must be a course designation other than PSY.​​