Associate of Arts in Teaching - Leading to Initial Texas Teacher Certification EC - 6

The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree is a collegiate degree program consisting of lower-division courses intended for transfer to baccalaureate programs that lead to initial Texas teacher certification. COM offers three AAT curricula, and they are intended to be fully transferable to any Texas public university offering baccalaureate degree programs leading to these initial teacher certifications. Students who complete the AAT degree will, however, be required to meet any and all entrance requirements of the receiving university and the educator preparation program, including grade point average and /or testing requirements. Students are advised to consult with the receiving institution’s advisement staff for requirements unique to that institution.

While the degree is designed for transfer purposes, for those who decide to “stop out” after completing the AAT, this degree meets the “No Child Left Behind” requirements for paraprofessionals. In addition, completion of the AAT is much like that of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in that it may qualify students for work that requires at least an associate’s degree.

For those courses within an AAT degree that require “lab” and/or “field experiences,” students will be required to submit an application for a criminal background check. If a student has a felony conviction for certain offenses against children and families, they may not be eligible to observe, work or volunteer in the public schools or child care facilities at which these “labs” and/or “field experiences” will take place.

Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify potential or enrolled students that a criminal history may make them ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion. The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements: https://tea.texas.gov

Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential Associates of Arts in Teaching degree prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation”:

https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Investigations/Preliminary_Criminal_History_Evaluation-FAQs/

This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program, with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense. Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.

Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1Semester Credit Hours
EDUC 1300
Psychology for Success
or Psychology for Success
3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
HIST 1301
U S History I
or Texas History
3
EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Semester #2
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
HIST 1301
U S History I
or Texas History
3
PSYC 2301
General Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
3
BIOL 1408 Biology for Non-Science Majors I 4
EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Semester #3
GOVT 2305
Federal Government Constitution & Topics
or Texas Government
3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
GEOL 1403 Physical Geology 4
MATH 1350 Mathematics for Teachers I 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
Semester #4
GOVT 2305
Federal Government Constitution & Topics
or Texas Government
3
ARTS 1303
Art History I
or Art History II
3
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Life and Physical SciencesSelect from Core Curriculum 4
MATH 1351 Mathematics for Teachers II 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Part-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Semester #1 (Fall)Semester Credit Hours
EDUC 1300
Psychology for Success
or Psychology for Success
3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #2 (Spring)
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #3 (Summer)
HIST 1301
U S History I
or Texas History
3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Semester #4 (Fall)
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
PSYC 2301
General Psychology
or Introduction to Sociology
3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #5 (Spring)
EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations 3
BIOL 1408 Biology for Non-Science Majors I 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #6 (Summer)
HIST 1301
U S History I
or Texas History
3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Semester #7 (Fall)
GOVT 2305
Federal Government Constitution & Topics
or Texas Government
3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #8 (Spring)
GEOL 1403 Physical Geology 4
MATH 1350 Mathematics for Teachers I 3
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #9 (Summer)
GOVT 2305
Federal Government Constitution & Topics
or Texas Government
3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Semester #10 (Fall)
ARTS 1303
Art History I
or Art History II
3
Life and Physical SciencesSelect from Core Curriculum 4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #11 (Spring)
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3
MATH 1351 Mathematics for Teachers II 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
 Total Semester Credit Hours60
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