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Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation

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Curriculum Description

The Associate of Arts in Teacher Preparation degree prepares individuals who desire to become K-12 educators for transfer. This transfer degree will provide students with a program of study comprised of college transfer courses and a small concentration of education coursework. The Associate of Arts in Teacher Preparation degree is appropriate for students who desire to teach Elementary Educations (K-6), Middle Grades Education (6-8) in non-STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subject areas, and Secondary Education (9-12) in non-STEM areas, as well as other specialized content areas such as Special Education. Graduates are prepared to transfer to a senior institution to complete their pursuit of the necessary bachelor’s degree and earn an NC Teaching License in the grade level and content area of their choosing. The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) enable North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate in arts programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina and to signatory institutions of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to transfer with junior status. Community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer with junior status. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Identify the knowledge, skills, roles, and responsibilities of an effective, inclusive, and culturally-responsive educator as defined by state and national professional teaching standards
  • Demonstrate thinking that is clear, accurate, precise, relevant, deep, broad, and fair, while analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating---Critical Thinking
  • Produce writing that is clear, precise, organized, incisive, and correct (according to the guidelines of Standard Written English) for a variety of purposes and audiences---Writing
  • Read actively and analytically at the college level and synthesize and apply information across disciplines--Reading
  • Speak in a manner that is clear, precise, coherent, perceptive, audience-aware, and correct (according the SWE) in both small and large group settings---Speaking


Contact for information

Health and Public Services
Health and Public Services
Office: 828-395-1668
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.

Dr. Alice McCluney
Early Childhood Education Instructor