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Pathways to Teaching Adult Learners

This six-course sequence is appropriate for those individuals working with adult learners. The courses contained in this letter of recognition will increase the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge related to successful teaching and learning. Enhanced instructional effectiveness will maximize quality teaching and promote student success.
Program Details

Award: Letter of Recognition 

To earn this Letter of Recognition, you must apply to the college first if this is your first time taking credit courses at AACC. Click here to apply online as a non-degree seeking student. After approximately one day, you may register in person at any of the three college locations. If you have taken AACC credit courses before, you may wish to click here to register online.

Note that EDU 273 has a prerequisite of ENG 111. You may show a copy of a transcript demonstrating successful completion of college level English or contact teach@aacc.edu or call 410-777-2401 to have the prerequisite waived. 

If you are an AACC employee or instructor, you may be eligible for a tuition waiver. The form is located on the intranet. 

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 6 credit hours.  Each EDU course listed below is a 1 credit class.

Program Requirements: Completion of each of the required courses with a grade of C or better.

Award Requirements: Students must apply to the Records and Registration office for the letter of recognition after they have completed the requirements.

Required Coursework

Technology for Educators EDU 216 / TAD 305  

Survey technologies for educational learning environments. Examine the issues and challenges of making informed and creative decisions regarding the instructional use of technology. Learn about the integration of technologies to enhance the instructional process by increasing engagement and appealing to multiple learning styles.  

Energizing your Presentations EDU 217 / TAD 306 

Examine the principles of effective presentation design. Explore basic principles of the teaching-learning process. Discover how to optimize learning through the pedagogical process. Practice how to actively engage participants in the learning process.  

Educator Portfolio Development EDU 230 / TAD 308 

Learn about setting the purposes of the portfolio, then selecting artifacts that support and enhance that purpose. Develop skills needed to identify, analyze and reflect on artifacts appropriate for inclusion in a portfolio, which documents accomplishments and talents. Examine the alignment and organization of artifacts to reflect growth and learning that have occurred as a result of the creation of each artifact. 

Culturally Responsive Instruction  EDU 236 / TAD 309 

Examine the philosophy of multicultural education and its relevance and connection to student achievement for all learners. Learn about strategies to infuse multicultural education into curriculum, instruction, assessment, classroom climate and instructional materials selection. Examine individual cultural attitudes, teaching styles, learning styles and classroom practices as preparation for better addressing the needs of students. Examine research from state and national resources identifying "best practices" to recognize strategies, practices and principles that assist in eliminating gaps among student groups and accelerating student achievement.  

Management Strategies in the Classroom  EDU 271 / TAD 310 

Examine classroom management strategies for developing a climate of success. Explore integration of effective teaching techniques with appropriate classroom strategies.  Learn about classroom and lesson planning, principles of effective instruction and teacher-student relationships. 

Teaching the Adult Learner  EDU 273 / TAD 301 

Equips participants with the understanding of theory and teaching methods related to instructing the adult learner. Focuses on identifying principles of adult learning, adult learning styles and motivation. Emphasizes understanding techniques and teaching strategies that work to create an active learning community for adult learners. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111 or ENG 115 or ENG 121.