Teacher Education

Program Description

Have you always dreamed of becoming a teacher? Well, Cecil College can assist you with getting started on that dream! The Teacher Education program offers the Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree that provides the first two years of study for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in early childhood, elementary, or secondary education. This program enables students to fulfill their general education requirements, participate in field experience, and complete a core of professional education coursework appropriate for the first two years of teacher preparation. With careful academic advising, the Teacher Education program provides a path for students seeking a seamless transfer to four-year public, independent, and most private institutions that offer teacher education.

Program Approval

National Council for State Authroization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

NC-SARA approved institution logo.

Cecil College is approved by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) to offer distance education in the member states and territories.

Supervised Clinical and Field Training Experiences

Through participation in NC-SARA and compliance with statutory regulations related to training in individual states, Cecil College is approved to offer limited, supervised clinical field experiences in 3 U.S. states to eligible students. The states include Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. These are the locations currently approved for student supervised clinical and field training. Individual state regulations are subject to change without prior notice and the College does not guarantee locations for clinical and field training experiences.

Licensure Requirements

Students who successfully complete a course or program requirements for nursing, teacher education, physical therapist assistant, medical administrative professional, and paramedic will be eligible to meet the national requirements; however, Cecil College cannot confirm whether a course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in each individual state. Prospective students should contact their state for information on the applicable licensing boards to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where students are located.

Degree Programs

Early Childhood Education (Associate of Arts in Teaching)

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) test.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Elementary Education (Associate of Arts in Teaching)

This degree provides the first two years of college for students preparing to become elementary education teachers. It is designed for students desiring to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary teacher education. This degree has been articulated with all of the transfer programs in elementary 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) test.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Secondary Education (Associate of Arts)

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

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Secondary Education with Areas of Concentration (Associate of Arts in Teaching)

This degree provides the first two years of college for students preparing to become secondary education teachers. It is designed for students desiring to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree in secondary teacher education. This degree has been articulated with all of the transfer programs in secondary 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) test.

Areas of concentration for this program include the following: chemistry, English, mathematics, and physics.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why become a teacher?

If you have a passion for working with children and want to make a difference in the world, becoming a teacher can satisfy that desire. Looking for more reasons? Well, check out the information on teach.com.

What are the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests?

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CORE) tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. These tests provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.

Detailed information can be found on www.ets.org.

How can I earn my Early Childhood Education AAT for free?

The Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund covers all tuition, fees, and books. Requirements include:

  • participation in the MD Child Care Credential Program (must be Level 2 credentialed)
  • current employment in a licensed child care center or registered family child care provider for a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • have at least one year of experience in child care

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Greenfield by email at jgreenfield@nullcecil.edu for more information.

Admissions & Advising

Cecil College is an open enrollment institution. Get more information, find out how to apply, or meet with an advisor.

Transfer

Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.

Cecil College has strong partnerships for Teacher Education, with institutions in the region such as Wilmington University and Towson University in Northeastern Maryland, as well as transfer agreements within the State of Maryland.

Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at www.artsys.usmd.edu. Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.

Faculty

Full-time Faculty

Jennifer Scott-Greenfield, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Professor of Education
Ph.D., Temple University
M.Ed., Temple University

Adjunct Faculty

Cecil College's adjunct Teacher Education faculty are highly credentialed in their discipline and have years of professional experience. Many of our faculty are employed by Cecil County Public Schools and hold advanced degrees.

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