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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Secondary Education, AA

Award: Associate of Arts

Degree Code: EDSE

Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

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 Education. To earn the AA 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:  https://www.cecil.edu/student-resources/advising-transfer/transfer-agreements.  Additionally, transfer information is available at the ARTSYS website (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Career Opportunities

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

Required Courses

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the coursework in the degree program.

General Education Requirement Electives - Select 7 Credits

Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • AST or CHM or ENV - Science Elective [S/SL] - 4 Credits
  • SOC SCI - Social Science Elective [SS] - 3 Credits 2

Program Requirement Electives - Select 20 Credits

Please see Academic Advisor for elective selection.

  • ELECT - Discipline Electives - 12 Credits 4
  • ELECT - Electives - 8 Credits 5

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 II (14 Credits)

Spring II (16 Credits)

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 Teacher Education Department Chair or go to www.ets.org/praxis.
2 Social Science Elective must be a course designation other than PSY.
3 The 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.
4 Students should meet with an advisor to select electives that relate to their intended area of concentration as a secondary level teacher.
5 Students should meet with an advisor to select courses designated for transfer.