Wednesday, July 30, 2014


If you are planning to teach in a high-need field such as science, math, special education, world languages or English as a second language (among others), and are willing to teach in a school serving low-income students, you may be eligible for the TEACH grant.

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program provides up to $4,000 per year for college students who meet eligibility requirements and commit to teaching at least four years in a high-need field in a low-income school.

Eligible programs at AACC include:

  • AAT.EDU.SEC-CHEM Secondary Education, Chemistry
  • AAT.EDU.SEC-MATH Secondary Education, Math
  • AAT.EDU.SEC-PHYS Secondary Education, Physics
  • AAT.EDU.SEC-SPA Secondary Education, Spanish
The following degree programs are eligible, but only for students planning to teach special education:
  • AAT.EDU.ELEM-ESE Elementary Education, Special Education 
  • AAT. EDU.ECE Early Childhood Education, Special Education
For eligibility information, please view the TEACH Grant Interest Form.  If you are interested, you can copy and submit the completed form to Rachel Siegenthaler in the Financial Aid Office.  

If you have any questions about the grant, please contact Jill Nagiel, TEACH Advisor, at 410-777-1962.

AACC Child Development Center Now Hiring

 Preschool Assistant/Co-Teacher
The Child Development Center on our Arnold Campus is hiring part-time Assistant Teachers (20-25 hours per week) to assist in classrooms for 2-5 year olds.

This is a great opportunity for gaining experience in a high quality early education program.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

If you're transferring to the University of Maryland, College Park, you are going to want to know about:

They have developed a great series of programs to help you manage the transition from the community college to the big University!  For details about this unique opportunity, check out

Thursday, June 12, 2014

How to Register for Praxis I

Praxis I slots are filling up fast, so be sure to register soon for a testing location that is convenient for you!

Here is a step-by-step guide for Praxis I registration:

Step 1: Create a Praxis Account at


Step 2:  Review your Information & Click Continue

Step 3: Create a user name, password, and security question & review Terms & Conditions

Step 4:  On your Praxis Home page, click on Register for Praxis Test 

Step 5: Review this information and click "I Agree" to continue

 Step 6: Complete the Background Information (as clearly as you can)

 Step 7: Select the Information for Maryland & the Maryland Dept of Education

Step 8: Select the appropriate Test Code(s)

 Step 9: Confirm selected Test 
(PPST Combined refers to taking all 3 tests on the same day)

 Step 10: Select a Testing Center

 Step 11: Select a testing date and time

Step 12: Confirm Test
Step 13: Identify your Attending Institution: AACC
(You can also add your transfer institution)

Step 14: Confirm Test and Complete Payment Process

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Praxis I to be Replaced by Praxis CORE

The Praxis I refers to the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (reading, writing & math) currently required for teacher certification in Maryland.  Starting in September 2014, teacher candidates who have not yet passed the Praxis I will be required to take the Praxis Core.

Students completing an AAT degree at AACC, must complete this testing requirement in order to graduate.

Students who do not have passing scores by the end of August 2014, will need to take the new Praxis CORE.  Students will not be able to combine passing scores on the Praxis I with those on the Praxis Core.

If you took the SAT, ACT or GRE, you may already have qualifying test scores.  Visit to find out.

Who should take the Praxis I this summer?

·         Students who have started taking, but have not
yet passed the Praxis I
·         Students planning to graduate in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015
·         Students who have already completed a college level math course (especially MAT 221)
·         Students who have completed the English requirement (ENG 111 & 112 or ENG 121)

Things to know
·       If you take an exam, you must wait 30 days to retake it
·       On the computer-based tests, you get your Math & Reading scores right away
·       Be sure to have your scores sent to AACC when you register

Significant Differences Between the Praxis I and Praxis Core
Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills
Praxis Core Academic Skills
Composite Score Allowed (527)
No Composite Score Recommended
2 hours, 40 minutes for combined
3 hours, 5 minutes for combined
Reading: 40 multiple choice
Reading: 56 multiple choice
Writing: 38 MC Questions, 1 essay
Writing:40 MC Questions, 2 essays
Math: 40 MC Questions
Math: 56 MC and numeric answers