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Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3) A.S.T. Tennessee Transfer Pathway

Program Description

The Associate of Science in Teaching degree has been implemented to facilitate entry of transfer students from community colleges into university teacher education programs. A common curriculum applicable to all community colleges and acceptable universities is prescribed. Admission, retention, and graduation requirements are the same as those published in the Graduation Requirements section of the Motlow College catalog with the additional requirement that students who qualify for the AST must satisfy the following:

  • Attainment of a 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)
  • Achievement of 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 Education (EDU) courses in the curriculum

In addition to general education core, students pursuing the A.S.T. will be introduced to the following:

  • an overview of education in America and the role and responsibility of a teacher
  • online test generation, acquiring and editing digital images, digital video editing, and producing, using, and integrating instructional technology in today's classroom
  • an exploration of the physical, mental, social, and moral development of individuals from birth to the end of life
  • an introduction to the development of exceptional children
  • an introduction to number concepts and geometry for elementary education
  • an focus on the earth's structure and function of physical processes

Practical Experience

Certain skills and instructional concepts will be reinforced through participation in the following activities:

  • lab experiences
  • introduction to tools for problem solving, sets, functions, logic, numeration systems and properties of operation
  • production and usage of instructional technology
  • exposure to the mental and physical development of people and special emphasis on the development of exceptional children
  • Classroom observations

Career Opportunities

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