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Whether you’ve always wanted to be a teacher or you’ve recently discovered a passion for teaching or working with children, the Teacher Education and Child Care Institute (TEACH) is the perfect place to begin your path to the classroom.  We offer a variety of degrees and programs for those interested in teaching infants to adults and every age and grade level in between. Our credit courses help future teachers work toward Maryland teacher certification requirements and provide opportunities for recertification and professional development for experienced teachers and professors. As experienced and compassionate educators, our faculty members are engaging, caring, and dedicated to helping our students succeed.

Career Degree

AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you with skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into transfer agreements that allow these degrees to transfer to select colleges. Where that is the case, it's noted with the degree below. 

Early Childhood Development, A.A.S.

This degree is designed for students interested in becoming a lead teacher or director of a child care center or the director of a before- or after-school program.


Transfer Degrees

The TEACH Institute is proud to offer the following Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.). As an additional transfer option, AACC offers the unique, Transfer Studies degree. Both degrees will prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution. Whichever path you choose, we strongly encourage you to meet with an advisor to structure your AACC studies to meet your specific transfer goals.

Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.)

This degree is designed for students interested in teaching in an elementary, middle or high school.  It represents the first half of a bachelor’s degree and transfers in its entirety to a Maryland college/university, allowing the student to transfer directly into the professional program there.

We offer AAT degrees for these subject areas:

Want to teach something that doesn’t match one of the above (like PE, social studies, music, art, etc.)? Consider the Transfer Studies degree below.

Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. This option is particularly good if you are undecided in your ultimate career direction, not sure where you'd like to eventually transfer or just looking to complete general education requirements while "testing the waters" of a particular major. No matter what brings you to Transfer Studies, the result is a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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Credit Certificate

TEACH Institute also offers the following certificates.

Special Education Support Certificate

This certificate is appropriate for PreK-20 teachers, parents and non-teaching professionals who work with children and adults with diverse learning needs. This 16 credit certificate will help students recognize diverse learning needs and provide the knowledge and strategies needed to create a learning environment for success.


Additional Studies in Education


Letters of Recognition

Pathway to Teaching Adults Letter of Recognition

This sequence of six 1-credit courses is designed to support those who teach adult learners.  The credit program provides an opportunity to focus on successful teaching and learning with emphasis on enhanced instructional effectiveness.

Learn more from our catalog.

Pathway to Teaching Letter of Recognition

This three-course sequence is appropriate for those individuals who have already completed a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue a career in teaching at any level. The courses contained in this Letter of Recognition are among those required by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for teacher certification and provide a foundation of knowledge in preparation for a career in education. It is recommended that all participating students submit transcripts to MSDE and meet with the TEACH advisor.

Learn more from our catalog.

Pathway to Teaching Secondary Education Letter of Recognition

This three-course sequence provides a path for individuals who have attained a bachelor's degree with a concentration of courses in a subject area they wish to teach at the secondary level. The courses contained in this Letter of Recognition are among those required by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for teacher certification. It is recommended that all participating students submit transcripts to MSDE and meet with the TEACH advisor.

Learn more from our catalog.

Teacher Certification for Career Changers

Individuals with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an area other than education can pursue initial teacher certification. Available options include (1) completing certification requirements as outlined by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) certification regulations (2) pursuing a Master of Arts in teaching in a Maryland approved program (3) enrolling in a Maryland approved alternative preparation program (MAAPP). 

Learn more about teacher certifications for career changers.

View the Teacher Certification Online Information Session.

Early Childhood Challenge Exams

High school child development students or any person who has successfully completed an approved 45-hour pre-service training may be eligible to take a challenge exam.

Learn more about early childhood challenge exams.

Interested in Noncredit Courses?

If you aren’t interested in earning a degree, the TEACH Institute offers a variety of job training and professional development courses.

Learn more about the TEACH Institute.


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