Associate of Arts In Teaching -Leading to Initial Texas Teacher Certification 8-12, EC-12, other than Special Education

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
BCIS 1305
Business Computer Applications
or Introduction to Computing
3
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
Semester #2
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
HIST 1301
U S History I
or Texas History
3
EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
Creative Arts Select from Core Curriculum3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Semester #3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government Constitution & Topics 3
Life and Physical Sciences Select from Core Curriculum4
Social/Behavioral Sciences Select from Core Curriculum3
HIST 1302 U S History II 3
Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Semester #4
Language, Philosophy and Culture Select from Core Curriculum3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
Life and Physical Sciences Select from Core Curriculum4
EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations 3
Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours60
See an advisor to determine the most appropriate academic transfer coursework for your teaching field/choice of upper level university.

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
BCIS 1305
Business Computer Applications
or Introduction to Computing
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
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #5 (Spring)
Creative Arts Select from Core Curriculum3
Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #6 (Summer)
GOVT 2305 Federal Government Constitution & Topics 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Semester #7 (Fall)
EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
Life and Physical Sciences Select from Core Curriculum4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #8 (Spring)
Social/Behavioral Sciences Select from Core Curriculum3
HIST 1302 U S History II 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #9 (Summer)
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
 Semester Credit Hours3
Semester #10 (Fall)
Language, Philosophy and Culture Select from Core Curriculum3
Life and Physical Sciences Select from Core Curriculum4
 Semester Credit Hours7
Semester #11 (Spring)
EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations 3
Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Semester #12 (Summer)
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness 1
 Semester Credit Hours1
 Total Semester Credit Hours60
See an advisor to determine the most appropriate academic transfer coursework for your teaching field/choice of upper level university.
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