Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree Program

Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood

The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree program is a state-approved program that meets the state-approved general education requirements. This program contains a core area of concentration that includes four Teacher Education courses and is consistent with all other Missouri community colleges. This is an effort to promote a more seamless transfer to four-year colleges and universities. This program provides students with the first two years of study toward a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. It is governed and accredited by the state of Missouri. In addition, this program meets the mid-preparation benchmarks of the performance standards established for pre-service teachers in the state of Missouri.

Early in their coursework at St. Louis Community College, students should familiarize themselves with education programs at four-year schools and determine which program they plan to pursue after completion of the AAT. In addition, they should work closely with STLCC faculty, counselors, and advisors to enable them to make a smooth transfer to the school of their choice. The maximum number of credit hours in teacher education which are allowed in transfer may vary among the transfer institutions. Students are discouraged from self advising.

An Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree requires:

  • a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75
  • a passing score on each section of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA)
  • Completion of the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP)

Students should also be aware of the following information: cumulative GPA and MoGEA score admission requirements at some four-year transfer institutions may exceed the minimum state requirements. Students will be required to pass a criminal background check and a child abuse check to participate in school observation experiences. Any individual who has been convicted of a felony may not be licensed to teach in the state of Missouri. Students considering this degree should have college level reading as demonstrated on the college placement test or should have completed developmental reading and/or writing coursework prior to entering the Teacher Education core courses. Students are expected to have college level oral and written proficiencies and display clear, correct and effective writing and speaking skills.

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Program of Study

General Education
Foundation Courses
ENG 101College Composition I3
ENG 102College Composition II3
MTH xxxMathematics Requirement4
COM 101Oral Communication I3
or COM 107 Public Speaking
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences9
Recommendations for Certification
United States History to 1865 1
United States History from 1865 to the Present
General Psychology (prerequisite for EDU 227)
Child Psychology
Human Growth and Development
Adolescent Psychology
XXX xxxHumanities and Fine Arts 29
XXX xxxLife and Physical Sciences 37-8
IDS xxxInterdisciplinary Studies3
GEN 200Capstone1
Physical Education
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
EDU 210Teaching Profession with Field Experience3
EDU 211Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDU 218Educational Technology3
EDU 227Educational Psychology3
Select 7-8 credit hours of Recommended Electives: 47-8
Art for Children
Education of Exceptional Learners
Children's Literature
Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to Economics
Structures of Mathematical Systems I
Structures of Mathematical Systems II
Total Credit Hours63-65

Courses (HST 101 and HST 102) meet Missouri State Requirement


Non-studio art or music class recommended for Elementary Certification


One lab course required for Secondary Certification; two lab courses required for Elementary certification


Electives may be selected from education electives, content areas or any other courses. They should be carefully selected with the help of an advisor to meet degree requirements, prerequisites, preparation for the MoGEA, and planned level and area of teacher preparation.

Students seeking elementary certification can choose to complete an approved economics course, an approved geography course or additional education courses.

Students seeking secondary certification should select courses required for their specific area of certification in coordination with their transfer institution.

Note: Students must select at least one 3 credit hour course designated as Global/Intercultural