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Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) - Frequently Asked Questions

 

  1. What is the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree?
  2. How many semester credit hours of coursework are included in the AAT? What does the coursework include?
  3. When did the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approve the AAT degree and the subsequent revisions?
  4. Will the AAT transfer?
  5. Can a Texas public community/state college offer an AAT that is a hybrid of the three AAT curricula?
  6. Can Texas public universities offer the AAT degree or a similar type program for native students?
  7. Can core curriculum courses be prescribed by the public universities for students in educator preparation programs?
  8. Can the TECA courses be used for degree specializations leading to the EC-6 certifications?
  9. What are the field-experience courses in the AAT Degree?
  10. Are the two field experience courses considered in the 18-24 SCH pedagogy limits required for certification?
  11. Who oversees the placement of students in the two field-experience courses, EDUC 1301 and EDUC 2301?
  12. What are the accountability requirements/issues for the public community/state colleges?
  13. Who is responsible for ensuring that students are adequately prepared? Are the public community/state colleges held accountable for student performance on the state's teacher certification examinations?
  14. Are AAT completers automatically admitted to an educator preparation program or are they expected to meet the admission criteria of the public university?
  15. Do the AAT courses count for substitute teachers?
  16. Must students in degree programs leading to EC-6 and 4-8 certifications be required to take the 6-9 hours of math and science each beyond the core curriculum as required by Coordinating Board policy?
  17. Can public universities require that these science and/or math components be upper level courses?
  18. Can a public university accept more than the 60 SCH even though Coordinating Board rules limit the number of hours a public university must accept from a public two-year college to 66?
  19. Does the Coordinating Board include tracking of AAT students in the CBM reports?
  20. Is there any financial aid available?
  21. If a student completes just the AAT and does not transfer to a baccalaureate program, for what jobs would the student be eligible?


What is the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree?

The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree is a Board-approved collegiate degree program consisting of lower-division courses that transfer to baccalaureate programs leading to initial Texas teacher certification. There are three AAT curricula which include 60 semester credit (SCH) hours of coursework. These three AATs can only be offered by Texas public community colleges, Lamar State College-Orange, and Lamar State College-Port Arthur, and are fully transferable to any Texas public university offering baccalaureate degree programs leading to initial teacher certification.

How many semester credit hours of coursework are included in the AAT? What does the coursework include?

The AAT degree is composed of a curriculum requiring a total of 60 SCH for completion. The curricula components of the three degrees are as follows:

  • 4-8, EC-12 Special Education
    • Completed core curriculum (42 SCHs) plus
    • MATH 1350,MATH 1351, or equivalent (6 SCHs)
    • Additional science beyond the core curriculum (6 SCHs)
    • EDUC 1301,EDUC 2301 (6 SCHs)
  • 7-12, Other EC-12 Other than Special Education
    • Completed core curriculum (42 SCHs) plus
    • EDUC 1301, EDUC 2301 (6 SCHs)
    • content area teaching fields/academic disciplines(12 SCHs)
  • EC-6
    • Completed core curriculum (42 SCHs) plus
    • MATH 1350, MATH 1351 or equivalent (6 SCHs)
    • Additional science beyond the core curriculum (6 SCHs)
    • EDUC 1301, EDUC 2301 (6 SCHs)

When did the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approve the AAT degree and the subsequent revisions?

The three AAT curricula were adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at its quarterly meeting July 15, 2004. Changes to the AAT curricula were adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board at its quarterly meeting April 30, 2009.

Will the AAT 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 a Texas public community/state college offer an AAT that is a hybrid of the three AAT curricula?

No. However, partnering community/state colleges and universities can enter into articulation agreements that could be considered a "specialized academic associate degree" (see Section 9.183(c) of Board rules) but not a Board-recognized AAT.

Can Texas public universities offer the AAT degree or a similar type program for native students?

Texas public universities are not allowed to offer an AAT degree. However, universities are encouraged to offer similar programs for their native students. University students who complete such coursework can be granted a certificate of completion but not the AAT. Only Texas public community colleges, Lamar State College-Orange, and Lamar State College-Port Arthur are allowed to offer the AAT.

Can core curriculum courses be prescribed by the public universities for students in educator preparation programs?

Yes. Texas public universities can prescribe specific courses to satisfy core curriculum requirements. However, this should be done in cooperation with the university's community/state college partners, be in compliance with Coordinating Board rules concerning core curriculum , and articulated as appropriate.

Can the TECA courses be used for degree specializations leading to the EC-6 certifications?

Yes. However, partnering community/state colleges and universities are expected to work together to provide this flexibility and enter into articulation agreements that could be considered a "specialized academic associate degree." (see Section 9.183(c) of Board rules)

What are the field-experience courses in the AAT Degree?

The two field experience courses are EDUC 1301-Introduction to the Teaching Profession and EDUC 2301-Introduction to Special Populations.

Are the two field experience courses considered in the 18-24 SCH pedagogy limits required for certification?

No, the two field experience courses are not considered in the 18-24 SCH pedagogy limits.

Who oversees the placement of students in the two field-experience courses, EDUC 1301 and EDUC 2301?

The community/state colleges are responsible for the placement of students in the field experience courses. In order to accommodate students completing the required field experience hours, the community/state colleges are expected to work closely with their partner P-12 schools and university partners to make sure that P-12 schools are not overwhelmed with placement requests.

What are the accountability requirements/issues for the public community/state colleges?

The community/state colleges are expected to work with their university partners to ensure that the accountability issues and requirements are adequately addressed and that students are adequately prepared. No separate accountability measures are in place for the community/state colleges.

Who is responsible for ensuring that students are adequately prepared? Are the public community/state colleges held accountable for student performance on the state's teacher certification examinations?

No. However, community/state colleges are expected to work closely with their university partners to ensure that students completing AAT degree programs are adequately prepared.

Are AAT completers automatically admitted to an educator preparation program or are they expected to meet the admission criteria of the public university?

Students who complete the AAT are 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.

Do the AAT 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 appropriate.

Must students in degree programs leading to EC-6 and 4-8 certifications be required to take the 6-9 hours of math and science each beyond the core curriculum as required by Coordinating Board policy?

Yes.

Can public universities require that these science and/or math components be upper level courses?

Yes.

Can a public university accept more than the 60 SCH even though Coordinating Board rules limit the number of hours a public university must accept from a public two-year college to 66?

Yes.

Does the Coordinating Board include tracking of AAT students in the CBM reports?

Yes.

Is there any financial aid available?

Yes. Information about the various types of financial aid available to students pursuing careers in teaching is available on the www.collegefortexans.com website.

If a student completes just the AAT and does not transfer to a baccalaureate program, for what jobs would the student be eligible?

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.

 

 


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