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Associate of Arts in Teaching

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has established the guidelines for this degree plan. It parallels the first two years of a Texas four year college or university program that leads towards a teaching certificate. This degree program offers field observation experience in an actual classroom setting.

Why obtain an Associate of Arts in Teaching?

According to our university partners, students who achieve the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree (AAT) are at a great advantage to the rest of the students who are applying to their programs today. Some of the reasons for this:

  • Students who have completed the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree show that they are committed to overcome obstacles and can bring an educational goal to completion. They know the value of education and believe they can make a difference. They also have completed more than the minimum 30 hours requirement of most colleges. The 30-hour minimum requirement is the transfer group that colleges and universities have competing in order to be in their programs.
  • An Associate’s degree in teaching gives students a huge advantage. They are not competing for a position in the program with the incoming freshmen.
  • They are competing with students who have completed the Associate of Arts in Teaching. Since it is a fairly new program, there is still not much competition at this level. The program received its first statewide articulation in 2005. Also, students who complete the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree have a number of skills from the courses they have completed and also have some field experience, which gives them an advantage in the classes. Grade point averages are higher, their commitment is better, they have more determination, and generally are more mature about registering for courses and setting schedules so they can achieve a comfortable level of mastery.
  • Earning the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree shows that a student has great tenacity, determination, and spirit. It is not an easy program to accomplish. There are many admissions demands put upon students by the four year institutions, including an overall Grade Point Average of 2.75, certain THEA score requirements that are higher than passing scores required to get into college, and certain character traits known only to teachers. Odessa College is in the business of providing MORE for our students and our community as we transform students into teachers.
  • Another great advantage of the Associate of Arts in Teaching program, is the teaching skills that students learn before they get to the four year college or university. Students will study ethics, policies, and classroom strategies, as well as discuss various current issues in education today.

Will the Associate of Arts in Teaching transfer?

Yes. The AAT degree as defined by the Coordinating Board is fully transferable to all Texas public universities. Because the AAT fulfills the requirements of the field of study curriculum statutes and Coordinating Board rules, all Texas public universities must accept the three AAT curricula if they offer the applicable baccalaureate degrees leading to initial teacher certification.

Can the Associate of Arts in Teaching courses count for substitute teachers?

Yes. Substitute teachers who are completing their undergraduate degrees are eligible to take the AAT courses as needed and/or are appropriate.

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