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Bryan Thomas, Department Chair
Social Sciences Department
(615) 220-7812

Michelle McEwen, Secretary III
Education and Social Sciences
(615) 220-7878
Smyrna Center, Building STAH

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University Parallel ( Areas of Emphasis)

Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree Programs

For students seeking a two-year degree program designed to transfer to a four-year institution toward an undergraduate baccalaureate degree, the Education Department offers the transfer University Parallel Major with the following areas of emphasis and in partnership with certain institutions: Early Childhood Education, Secondary Education (Mathematics) and Special Education Modified K-12 in partnership with Tennessee Tech (TTU). Elementary Education in partnership with Athens State. Motlow College also offers the Health, Physical Education and Recreation area of emphasis transferable to any state college.

Program of Study
University Parallel Program
(Area of Emphasis)


Degree Checklist


Degree Checklist

Early Childhood Education A.S. specific to TSU transfer
Elementary Education A.S. specific to Athens State transfer


Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.)

The Associate of Science in Teaching degree is designed for the student who plans to teach elementary education K-6 curriculum. It requires a cumulative GPA of 2.75, completion of the PRAXIS I (or a 22 or greater on the enhanced ACT), and suitable disposition statements as part of the exit requirements.

An Associate of Science degree in Teaching from Motlow is transferable to any four-year college or university in the Tennessee Board of Regents' System, and guarantees the holder acceptance into their respective College of Education.*

*Students who do not meet the requirements for the AST may graduate with an Associate of Science in General Studies and follow the application procedure at the College of Education to which they plan to transfer.

2 + 2 Opportunities in K-6 Education

Motlow College has partnered with two area universities to provide 2+2 programs in elementary education. A 2+2 program allows students to complete the Associate of Science in Teaching degree with Motlow College and complete the bachelor's degree in elementary education K-6 with a university on one of Motlow's campuses. This program is offered in partnership with Tennessee Technological University (TTU) Motlow's main Moore County campus or at the McMinnville Center campus and in partnership with Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) on the Smyrna campus.

Students who complete the Motlow College curriculum and enter either MTSU or TTU should be prepared for a full-time, day-time program of study. These programs are fall-entry only programs so students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors to ensure that all requirements are met. All observations, practicum courses and student teaching assignments are made with local school districts.

Upon becoming university students, university fees and tuition apply and students are taught by university faculty.