Dec 04, 2022  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Early Childhood Education, AAT

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 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 Education. To earn the AAT degree, students must graduate with either a cumulative 3.0 GPA; or a cumulative GPA between 2.75-2.99 and present qualifying scores on the basic skills assessment for teacher licensure as established by the State Superintendent of Schools and as approved by the State Board of Education1.
The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has the following transfer agreements:  Additionally, transfer information is available at the ARTSYS website (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Career Opportunities

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

Required Courses

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
• Explain the policies, issues, trends, research and historical events in the field of education.
• Recognize the psychological, cognitive, emotional, and physical characteristics of developing children, with specific consideration to students with disabilities.
• Summarize the inclusive philosophies for differentiating instruction to analyze, improve, and facilitate instruction for diverse learners.
• Construct learning opportunities that support individual students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation using the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of children.


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
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.