2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2018-2019 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

CORE 42 is a statewide general education course of study intended to ensure that all graduates possess a common core of college-level skills and knowledge. CORE 42 specifies the basic competencies and knowledge areas that all students completing degrees at a Missouri public institution of higher education must complete. CORE 42 is comprised of dozens of courses distributed across five knowledge areas. These courses are designated with a Missouri Transfer (MOTR) course number, which guarantees the one-to-one transfer of these courses among all Missouri public institutions of higher education. Please refer to MDHE Core Transfer Curriculum for detailed information on CORE 42 courses.

All knowledge areas below, designated with the CORE 42 logo indicate all courses in that area have been evaluated and provided a MOTR number for transfer to all Missouri public institutions of higher education.

Written Communications - 6 Credit Hours

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Oral Communications - 3 Credit Hours

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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.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - 9 Credit Hours

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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.

Additional Electives - 14 Credit Hours

Courses must be numbered 100 or higher.

Elective courses are dependent upon the certification path and transfer school. Specific details regarding the most appropriate selection of electives must be made in conjunction with advisement from the transfer institution.

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