Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)
This transfer program prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university in the state of Maryland. The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree has been articulated with all of the transfer programs in the state of Maryland. Students who receive the AAT degree must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75, and pass a basic skills test.* Upon completion of the AAT degree, students are eligible to be admitted to their major at their Maryland transfer institution.
The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree is not a guarantee of admission but rather an assurance of eligibility. Students may be required to take additional courses as part of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree and teacher certification at four-year institutions.
Associate of Arts (AA)
This program is designed for students who are interested in transferring to a Teacher Education program at a four-year college or university outside of Maryland as well as students who are not eligible to complete the requirements of the AAT degree. While this program is designed to prepare students to pursue a bachelor’s degree program at the college or university level, students are advised to check the requirements of the institution to which they intend to transfer.
Education requirements vary among transfer institutions and are currently being evaluated. It is essential to meet with an advisor regularly to be aware of program and certification changes.
Professional Education Courses for Maryland Certification
This course of study is designed for persons who already have a Bachelor’s Degree and wish to become a certified teacher in Maryland. Students may enroll in certification courses, but they should also have their college transcripts evaluated by the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Certification. Before the Maryland State Department of Education transcript evaluation can occur, students must pass a basic skills test and have the scores reported to MSDE. Upon receipt of the transcript evaluation, students determine what courses Howard Community College offers that meet the MSDE Professional Education course requirements.
Send the complete packet to the following address:
Maryland State Department of Education
Your academic credentials will be reviewed and an evaluation(s) with the requirements needed for certification in the area(s) requested will be sent to you.
Call the Certification Assistance Line (410-767-0412) for general information. Staff is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except for state holidays.
Additional information is available at:
Early Childhood Development Career Program
Career programs at Howard Community College are designed to prepare students directly for the jobs of their choice. Students completing career programs are not intending to transfer to four-year colleges or universities. A student may certainly choose to pursue a four-year degree after completing the career certificate or AAS degree, but in that case not all career program credits will transfer to four-year college programs. Each of the choices below is a pathway leading to a childcare career goal.
Three Early Childhood Education Career Program Pathways:
1. Letter of Recognition – 6 college credits
2. Certificate of Proficiency – 30 college credits
3. Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) – 62 college credits
Howard Community College provides free academic advising to help you decide on the career or transfer pathway that is right for you.
*Students in a Teacher Education Transfer Program must submit scores from a required basic skills test to the Social Sciences Division prior to the completion of the 30th credit hour. Scores from the basic skills tests are used for admission to four-year Teacher Education programs and are required for teacher certification in Maryland and most other states. Basic skills test options and Maryland passing scores are: