Taking courses in the Associate of Arts in Teaching Program is the first step toward pursuing a Texas teaching certificate. We have two options for earning this degree:

EC-6, 4-8, EC-12 Special Education
7-12, EC-12 other than Special Education

Students who complete the A.A.T. can transfer to a university that offers a bachelor's degree and complete requirements for standard teacher certification.


In order to be eligible to receive the A.A.T. degree, students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 hours including all of the required courses listed.
  2. Earn a grade of "C" or better in English 1301, Speech 1311, Education 1301, and Education 2301.
  3. Earn a GPA of at least 2.00. (Universities often require a GPA of 2.75 or 3.0 for admission to the Teacher Education Program related to earning a bachelor's degree and meeting state certification requirements).
  4. Meet all TSI requirements.
  5. Pass a background check as required for program courses requiring observation hours.

Career Options

  • Teacher Assistant
  • Substitute Teacher 

 After transferring to a university and earning a Bachelor's degree:

  • Elementary Teacher
  • Secondary Teacher

Related Programs

Transfer Options

The degree program is designed to fully transfer to a university.


  • Carolyn Boggs
  • Shannon Stoker
  • Staci Tyler

Associate of Arts in Teaching

    Teaching Degree
    Number of Credits


    Shannon Stoker
    Department Chair, Education
    (817) 598-6372