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Are you a career changer hoping to transition to the teaching profession?

Teacher certification requirements are determined by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). AACC offers classes to meet the professional coursework requirements for teacher certification. To learn more about the certification process, please visit www.mdcert.org.


Certification Requirements

Initial Teacher Certification requires completion of the:

Note: AACC does not offer an internship to meet the teaching experience requirement.


Courses required for MSDE certification

Below are the AACC courses that meet the professional requirements for general education certification.

Child or Adolescent Development (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

EDU 133 – Growth and Development (fieldwork required)

PSY 205 – Child Psychology (for elementary/early childhood)

PSY 208 – Adolescent Psychology (for secondary education)

PSY 211 – Developmental Psychology

Teaching Methodology (3 credits)

Choose one of the following (whichever is appropriate to your situation):

EDU 247 – Methods and Materials for Early Childhood Education

EDU 241 – Methods of Teaching in Elementary Education

EDU 261 – Methods of Teaching in Secondary Education

EDU 264 – Methods of Teaching World Languages

Inclusion of Special Needs Student Populations (3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

EDU 214 – Introduction to Special Education

EDU 253 – Inclusive Instructional Practices

Assessment of Students (3 credits)

EDU 215 – Principles of Instructional Assessment

Reading

For Early Childhood (PreK-3) and Elementary Grades (1-6) (12 credits):

EDU 242 – Foundations of Reading and Language Arts

EDU 243 – Methods of Effective Reading Instruction

EDU 244 – Assessment For Reading Instruction

For All Secondary Levels (6 credits):

EDU 262 – Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area Part 1

EDU 263 – Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area Part 2

Human Learning (3 credits)

EDU 211 - Educational Psychology (fieldwork required)

Below are the AACC courses that meet the professional coursework requirements for special education certification.

Historical, Philosophical and Legal Foundations of Special Education (3 credits)

EDU 214 – Introduction to Special Education

Human Growth and Development Emphasizing Normal Patterns (6 credits)

Choose any two courses listed here.

EDU 133 – Growth and Development (fieldwork required)

PSY 205 – Child Psychology (for elementary/early childhood)

PSY 208 – Adolescent Psychology (for secondary education)

PSY 211 – Developmental Psychology

Assessment, Diagnosis and Prescriptive Techniques (9 credits)

This course satisfies three of the nine required credits.

EDU 215 – Principles of Instructional Assessment

Curriculum and Methodology of Instruction

For Special Education Grades Infant – Grade 3 or Special Education Grades 1-8 (18 credits)

EDU 242 – Foundations of Reading and Language Arts

EDU 243 – Methods of Effective Reading Instruction

EDU 244 – Assessment For Reading Instruction

EDU 245 – Materials for Teaching Reading

EDU 269 – Inclusive Instructional Practices for Elementary/Early Childhood

(3 more credits for special education at the appropriate grade level)

 

For Special Education Grade 6 – Adult (12 credits)

EDU 262 – Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area Part 1

EDU 263 – Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Area Part 2

EDU 253 – Inclusive Instructional Practices *(note: another course regarding Vocational Education and Transition Services for Students with Disabilities is also required but not offered at AACC.)

Communication Skills (3 credits)

EDU 255 – Instructional Teamwork

Resident Teacher Certification Program

In partnership with AACC, Anne Arundel County Public Schools offers a Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program for teacher certification for outstanding individuals who do not currently have a professional teaching certificate, but have a sincere desire to enter/remain in the profession of education.

Program Overview

In this MAAPP/RTC program you will pursue your teaching credentials through an intensive preparation program, consisting of education courses, classroom visits, and an internship.  Coursework is delivered in different formats (face-to-face and hybrid), while the internship provides “hands on” training in the teacher’s own classroom under the supervision of a Mentor Teacher.

Certification Areas

The program is designed to recruit teachers primarily for critical shortage areas (which are Math, especially upper level math; Science, especially, Chemistry, Physics, AP Chemistry; Technology Education, and World and Classical Languages). Upon successful completion of the program, these MAAPP/RTC educators will receive a Standard Professional Certificate (SPC1) issued by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Program Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 college grade point average.
  • 75 college grade point average in undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Passing scores on a Basic Skills Assessment (Praxis I, Praxis Core or SAT, ACT, or GRE).
  • Passing scores on Praxis II/Subject Assessment for the content area.

For further information, please contact Pat Gronkiewicz, AACC Resident Teacher Certification Program, at pgronkiewicz@aacps.org or at 410-703-1029.

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