2016-2017 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
    May 20, 2024  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.)

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A.A.T. Degree: 65 Hours

The Associate of Arts Degree in Teaching (A.A.T.) is a directed path of study preparing students for transfer and upper division coursework at four-year institutions offering teacher education programs and certification for levels PK-12. This degree requires students to satisfy the A.A. general education transfer block, 12 hours of teacher education professional coursework and at least 9 hours of elective credit. Students must also achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a passing score on all state-required general education exams.

NOTE: If a student has transfer equivalencies from any prior colleges attended, these grades are not currently figured into the OTC GPA. A.A.T students should note that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires that four year schools calculate all prior credits and grades in the computation of a cumulative GPA. Therefore, all transfer equivalencies will be figured into your transfer cumulative GPA when a student seeks admission into a four-year Teacher Education program of study.

In addition, some institutions may not accept any grade in any teacher education course that is lower than a B. Please check with the transfer institution to determine specific admission requirements.

Students must contact the intended transfer institution to verify adequate completion of all necessary coursework for their desired teaching certificate.

A student meeting all degree requirements except for the 2.75 GPA and/or successful completion of the state-required general education exam may graduate with an A.A. degree.

General Education Requirements

Mathematics - 3 Credit Hours

English - 6 Credit Hours

Preferred Courses

Communication - 3 Credit Hours

Humanities - 9 Credit Hours

Block II: World Culture

(Select One)

Choice of Humanities


The level and type of Teacher Certification, as well as the transferring four-year institution can impact which General Education required course is the best fit.

Please consult an advisor from the four-year institution you intend to transfer to regarding the selection of courses specific to their program.

Biological Sciences - 4 Credit Hours

Social Sciences - 9 Credit Hours


It is recommended that all AAT students take:

Lifetime Wellness - 2 Credit Hours

Computer Applications - 3 Credit Hours


These are courses that are required for the A.A.T. degree.

Some universities may not accept coursework for transfer for any grade lower than a B in these professional education classes.

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