What We Do The Teacher Education Department offers a variety of degrees and certificates that prepare students for careers in early childhood education, early childhood special education, and teaching secondary or elementary school. The department provides courses for individuals with bachelor’s degrees who want to become teachers or obtain teacher re-certification. What You Get Associate of Applied Science Early Childhood Education (63-65 credits) Associate of Arts in Teaching (63-66 credits) Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-3rd Grade)/Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-3rd Grade) (66 credits) Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)/ Special Education (Grades 1-12) (66 credits) Secondary Education - Chemistry (63-64 credits) Secondary Education - English (61 credits) Secondary Education - Mathematics (62-63 credits) Secondary Education - Physics (67 credits) Secondary Edcucation - Spanish (61 credits) Certificate Mastery in Early Childhood Education (27 credits) Early Childhood Special Education (18 credits) Proficiency in Infant and Toddler Development (18 credits) Proficiency in School Age Care and Management (18 credits) Professional Education Courses for Maryland Certification/Recertification (only for individuals who already have a bachelor's degree) Early Childhood Certification (Pre-K-Grade 3) Elementary (Grades 1-6) Certification Academic Subjects (N-12), Middle School (Grades 4-9) and Secondary (Grades 7-12) Certification Generic Special Education Infant/Primary (Birth-Grade 3) Certification Generic Special Education Elementary/Middle School (Grades 1-8) Certification Generic Special Education Secondary/Adult (Grades 6-12 and Adult) Certification The A.A.T. and A.A.S. degrees in early childhood education are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The A.A.T. degree is also approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. Where You'll Go The department works closely with a variety of child care centers and Elementary schools in PG County and the District of Columbia to support hands-on learning and provide field experiences. These opportunities allow students to gain real-world experience, to build their resumes, and to establish professional networks in advance of graduation. Credits earned at PGCC can be transferred to four-year institutions towards a bachelor’s degree. The Next Steps Visit the department to speak with the Teacher Education Department Chairperson or your TED Academic Advisor. How Do I Apply?