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Elementary education

Elementary education is generally considered K-5. Motlow's early childhood education degree is perfect if you enjoy working with children.

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The Associate of Science in Teaching degree prepares transfer students for university teacher education programs. Motlow has articulation agreements with Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, and a 2+2 with Tennessee Tech University. Students who qualify for the AST must satisfy the following:

  • Cumulative 2.75 grade point average
  • Successful completion of the PRAXIS I (or a composite score of 22 (21 for Tennessee Tech) or greater on the enhanced ACT)
  • Satisfactory rating on an index of suitability for the teaching profession and achievement of a "C" or better in each of the Mathematics (MATH) and a "B" in EDU 1010 and EDUC 2210.
  • Detailed Program Information

Students Pursuing the A.S.T.; are Introduced to

  • Education in America and the role and responsibility of a teacher
  • An exploration of the physical, mental, social, and moral development of individuals from birth to the end of life
  • Introduction to the development of exceptional children
  • Introduction to number concepts and geometry for elementary education
  • Focus on the earth's structure and function of physical processes

Practical Experience

Particular skills and instructional concepts are reinforced through

  • Classroom observations
  • Planning curriculum and lessons
  • Field experience in public school classroom
  • Usage of instructional technology
  • Exposure to the mental and physical development of children and understanding on the development of exceptional children
  • Classroom observations

Elementary Education, K-6 Emphasis Curriculum is based on Athens State University, Athens, AL. Major Code 13.1202. The program is consistent with the Elementary Education K-6 program at Athens State University.

If you plan to transfer to a university other than Athens State, pursue the Associate of Science in Teaching degree.

Practical Experience

  • Classroom observations
  • Planning curriculum and lessons
  • Field experience in public school classroom
  • Philosophies of education
  • Learn how students grow, develop, and process information

This program is based on and aligns with Lipscomb University's Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

If you plan to transfer to a university other than Lipscomb, pursue the Associate of Science in Teaching degree.

Practical Experience

  • Classroom observations
  • Planning curriculum and lessons
  • Field experience in public school classroom
  • Philosophies of education
  • Learn how students grow, develop, and process information

Ask Yourself these questions

  • Do you like working with children?
  • Are you patient, dedicated and sensitive to others needs?
  • Do you have high emotional intelligence?
  • Are you creative? Fun? Hands on?
  • Are you organized?
  • Do you have ENERGY?

Career Opportunities

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Childcare director
  • Head Start teacher
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