To become a certified teacher, a four-year degree from a professional education program and a teaching certificate from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) must be earned. SCC offers an Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree options in Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary education to prepare you for successful transfer to a four-year school for the completion of your preparation.
Effective fall 2007, community colleges throughout Missouri began offering the AAT degree for education majors. The degree consists of 64 total credit hours: 42 hours of general education, 13 hours of required professional education, plus electives. Additional graduation requirements include passing all sections of the Missouri General Education Assessment exam with the state-mandated minimum passing score, preparing a Mid-Preparation Education Portfolio (accomplished by taking EDU 290), maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.75 overall, a GPA of 3.0 in all education coursework, and earning a C or better in each course with an EDU prefix.
Begin your preparation for a teaching career with an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree from St. Charles Community College. Every education faculty member has experience in K-12 schools; collectively, they have more than 300 years of teaching experience. SCC also boasts a beautiful campus with accessible wireless and wired technology. Numerous clubs give students the opportunity to network and socialize with others who share their interests. Additionally, SCC costs much less than other institutions. If you qualify for an A+ scholarship, your SCC education will be almost free! In a recent survey of former students, 100 percent rated SCC’s education program as excellent (67%) or good (33%). Statistics and testimonials indicate that students who transfer from the SCC education program to four-year schools perform as well as students native to the four-year institutions.
Four-year schools that officially register with the Missouri Department of Higher Education (DHE) agree to:
- Accept the AAT in transfer;
- Accept the entire degree as equivalent to the first two years of their own program;
- Require AAT graduates to have no more credit hours to complete than juniors native to the four-year institution.
Transferring with the AAT is easier than transferring a collection or courses. Without a degree, each SCC course may be accepted or rejected in transfer individually. With the AAT, the entire degree is accepted, and you should not be required to repeat any courses.