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Education

Education

Wor-Wic offers associate degree and certificate programs in early childhood education and associate degree transfer programs in early childhood, elementary and secondary education.

The early childhood education associate of applied science degree program prepares students to become child care center operators, program directors or senior staff members in child care agencies or organizations. The certificate program prepares students to care for and provide instruction to preschool children as a senior staff member or lead teacher, or to continue their studies in the associate of applied science degree program. Together, EDU 102 and EDU 103 meet the 90 hours of approved training for senior staff members required by the child care administration of the Maryland State Department of Education.

Intended Learning Goals

Graduates of these early childhood education programs should be able to:
  1. Identify and apply the theories of early childhood growth and development to create developmentally-appropriate learning experiences and environments;
  2. Design, implement and assess early childhood education curriculum and programming, including accommodations for special needs children;
  3. Identify, establish and maintain health, safety and nutrition practices in an early childhood learning facility;
  4. Develop and sustain family and community relationships that support an early childhood educational environment; and
  5. Apply ethical and professional standards of the early childhood profession through critical reflection and informed practice.

The early childhood education associate of arts in teaching transfer program prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university and work toward a bachelor’s degree to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade. The elementary education/generic special education PreK-12 associate of arts in teaching transfer program enables graduates to transfer to a four-year institution to major in elementary education and teach first through sixth grade including middle school or to major in special education and teach students with mild to moderate disabilities from Pre-K through 12th grade. The secondary education transfer associate of arts degree program prepares students to teach seventh through 12th grade. Students should familiarize themselves with the program requirements of the institution to which they plan to transfer. In order to obtain an associate degree in the education transfer programs, students must achieve a grade point average of 2.75 or better and receive a grade of “C” or better in all required courses. They must also obtain the following minimum scores in one of the following standardized tests: Praxis Core individual scores of 156 in reading, 162 in writing and 150 in mathematics; SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) combined reading and mathematics score of 1,100; ACT (American College Testing) composite score of 24; or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) combined verbal and quantitative score of 297.

Graduates of the early childhood education transfer program should be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the principles of early childhood development and learning, through research, study and observation of children of different ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and exceptionalities;
  2. Identify a variety of developmentally-appropriate learning strategies and curriculum models that demonstrate different approaches to early childhood pedagogy and accommodate children of different ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and exceptionalities; and
  3. Create curriculum using a variety of instructional strategies that create meaningful and challenging learning experiences and alternative models and methodologies.
Graduates of the elementary education/generic special education PreK-12 transfer program should be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the historical, philosophical, sociological, political and legal foundations of education and explain the structure and organization of schools, roles of classroom teachers, influences on teaching and learning and contemporary educational policy and issues;
  2. Explain and compare the major theories, concepts and principles of child development;
  3. Identify and describe student learning and motivation principles and theories through research, study and observation of elementary school children; and
  4. Plan instruction based on learning theory and curriculum goals that address the needs of diverse learners, encourage higher-order thinking skills and promote active and collaborative engagement in learning.
Graduates of the secondary education transfer program should be able to:
  1. Identify and describe the historical, philosophical, sociological, political and legal foundations of education and explain the structure and organization of schools, roles of classroom teachers, influences on teaching and learning and contemporary educational policy and issues;
  2. Explain and compare the major theories, concepts and principles of human growth and development; and
  3. Identify the basic theories of learning and teaching and apply the theories of teaching to a learning environment.

For additional information about the education program, contact Patricia Riley, Human Services Department Head.

Program Outlines

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Early Childhood Education Certificate

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