Associate in Arts Teacher Preparation

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Stanly Community College’s fully transferable Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees offer an economical and efficient way to work towards a bachelor’s degree. The Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation Degree (AA-TP) is a great choice for students who know they want to major in education at a university and who seek a non-STEM teaching concentration (for example, English, languages, history, psychology, etc). This degree features courses that will fulfill general education requirements for education majors.
Students in the AA-TP degree will focus their electives in education courses, so they will be prepared for education major requirements at area universities. UNC system universities (and most private colleges and universities) will accept the completed AA (and AA-TP) degree as a package, which will waive the undergraduate general education requirements. Certain general education requirements specifically listed in individual majors cannot be waived, so students should work with a University Transfer success coach to identify unique program/major requirements at their universities of choice.
Courses identified as Universal General Education Transfer Component courses (UGETC) will transfer to the UNC system universities and receive course-for course-credit (provided students earn a “C” or better in these courses). Other courses marked for transfer may receive general education or elective credit. Some SCC courses may not meet general education core requirements. Therefore, students should work closely with their success coaches when registering for courses and planning their futures.
If a student has an Associate in Arts (AA) degree (including the AA-TP) and at least a 2.0 grade point average, he or she will be considered for transfer by the senior institution. If the student meets minimum admission requirements for the UNC system, he or she may transfer before completing the AA (or AA-TP) degree; however, completing the AA degree with at least a 2.0 grade point average will increase transferability to the student’s college of choice. Associate in Arts (including AA-BA) and Associate in Science students are required to have basic computer literacy and should take CIS 110 as an elective course.

Learning Outcomes

  • PO.1 Students will be able to demonstrate effective research skills including required elements as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the research skills rubric.
  • PO.2 Students will be able to demonstrate global and cultural literacy as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the global/cultural literacy rubric.
  • PO.3: Students will be able to analyze concepts of individuals and people within social and behavioral contexts as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the social/behavioral contexts rubric.
  • PO.4: Students will be able to use critical thinking skills to solve problems as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the critical thinking skills rubric.
  • PO.5: Students will be able to apply scientific principles to the natural and physical world as assessed in select courses as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the scientific principles rubric.
  • PO.6 Students will be able to illustrate reflective practices in their goals to become a licensed teacher according to the assessment’s required elements as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the rubric for the Career Planning Assignment in EDU 187 - Teaching and Learning for All.
  • PO.7 Students will be able to apply the components of instruction to align with state and national standards according to the assessment’s required elements as demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 3 out of 5 on the Practice Learning Experience Activity in EDU 250 - Teacher Licensure Preparation.

Students must complete a total of 60 semester hours (SH) to receive the Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation degree (see program outline). Students must earn a "C" or better in all transferable courses. Please consult a success coach, review the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Transfer Course List or see the Course Descriptions to ensure course transferability when selecting elective courses. The last sentence in the course description will indicate if the course is transferable.


Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation - A1010T

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ACA 122 College Transfer Success 1
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
EDU 187 Teaching and Learning for All 4
Social Science elective 3
Math requirement 3/4
 Credit Hours11-14
Spring
ENG 112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
Natural Science elective 4
Humanities elective 6
Social Science elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
EDU 250 Teacher Licensure Preparation 3
EDU 216 Foundations of Education 3
Communications elective 3
Gen Ed elective 6
 Credit Hours15
Spring
SOC 225 Social Diversity 3
EDU 279 Literacy Development and Instruction 4
Gen Ed elective 9
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours58-61

Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation - CCP

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ACA 122 College Transfer Success 1
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
EDU 187 Teaching and Learning for All 4
 Credit Hours8
Spring
ENG 112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3
Social Science elective 3
Math elective 3/4
 Credit Hours6-9
Summer
Humanities elective 3
 Credit Hours3
Second Year
Fall
EDU 216 Foundations of Education 3
Communications elective 3
Social Science elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Spring
SOC 225 Social Diversity 3
Natural Science elective 3
Humanities elective 3
 Credit Hours9
 Total Credit Hours35-38