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Teaching A.S.T. (K-5)

Elementary Education, K-5 Emphasis Curriculum

The Associate of Science in Teaching degree has been implemented throughout the Tennessee Board of Regents system to facilitate entry of transfer students from community colleges into university teacher education programs. Admission, retention, and graduation requirements are the same as those published in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.

Students who qualify for the AST must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Attainment of a cumulative 2.75 grade point average,
  • Successful completion of the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (or a composite score of 22 (21 for Tennessee Tech) or greater on the enhanced ACT or a combined verbal and mathematical score of 1020 or greater on the recentered SAT),
  • Achievement of satisfactory rating on an index of suitability for the teaching profession and
  • Achievement of "C" or better in ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020, and in each of the Mathematics (MATH) and Education (EDU) courses in the curriculum.
  • Any student seeking as AST degree from Motlow State must have three disposition forms, which must be completed by each of the following: a Motlow instructor who teaches a general education course, a Motlow instructor who teaches an education course, and a representative from a K-12 public school.

Tennessee Technological University offers a 2 + 2 program in the K-5 Emphasis with all junior and senior level classes located at the Moore County and McMinnville campuses.

Middle Tennessee State University offers a 2+2 program in the K-5 emphasis at Moltow's Smyrna campus.

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
  • 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