Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree Program

Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood

The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree program contains an area of concentration that includes four core Teacher Education courses and one education elective; it is consistent with other Missouri community colleges. This is an effort to promote a more seamless transfer to four-year colleges and universities. This degree 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 degree program meets the Missouri Initial Professional Education Competencies (MIPEC) 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.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. identify the central concepts, structures, and tools of inquiry of the discipline(s).
  2. create learning experiences that make aspects of subject matter meaningful and engaging for learners.
  3. explain how students learn, develop, and differ in their approaches to learning.
  4. identify how teachers use long-range planning to develop, implement, and evaluate curriculum based upon student data, as well as district and state standards.
  5. design learning opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners and support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all learners.
  6. describe a variety of instructional strategies and resources to encourage k-12 students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
  7. describe individual/group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages active engagement in learning, positive social interaction, and self-motivation.
  8. model effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in classroom settings.
  9. describe how assessment data (formative, summative, classroom, and standardized) is used to plan ongoing instruction.
  10. articulate the importance of reflective practice and continual professional growth.
  11. identify strategies for fostering appropriate relationships with peers and school personnel.

Program of Study

General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
ENG 102College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3
MTH 160Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)4
COM 101Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)3
or COM 107 Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
PSC 101Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3
HST 101United States History to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101) 13
or HST 102 United States History from 1865 to the Present (MOTR HIST 102)
PSY 200General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3
XXX xxxHumanities and Fine Arts 29
Select one of the following pathways:11
Elementary Education Pathway
Natural Sciences CORE 42 course with laboratory
Natural Sciences CORE 42 course with laboratory
CORE 42 Elective (any course to reach 42 MOTR credits)
Secondary Education Pathway
Natural Science CORE 42 course
Natural Science CORE 42 course with laboratory
CORE 42 Elective (any course to reach 42 MOTR credits)
Program Requirements
EDU 210Teaching Profession with Field Experience3
EDU 211Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDU 218Educational Technology3
EDU 227Educational Psychology3
PSY 205Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)3
or PSY 203 Child Psychology
or PSY 214 Adolescent Psychology
Education Electives (One of the following must be completed):3
Education of Exceptional Learners
Multicultural Education
XXX xxxElective 32-3
Total Credit Hours62-63
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 030.Discuss academic plan and elective choices with an academic advisor
MTH 160 Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)4MTH 140 with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test, and Reading Proficiency.
COM 101 Oral Communication I (MOTR COMM 100)
or Public Speaking (MOTR COMM 110)
3Reading Proficiency and concurrent enrollment in RDG 030 or ENG 070.
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3Reading Proficiency.
Humanities and Fine Arts Elective3  
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3ENG 100 or ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval and Reading Proficiency.
PSY 200 General Psychology (MOTR PSYC 100)3Reading Proficiency.
HST 101 United States History to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)
or United States History from 1865 to the Present (MOTR HIST 102)
3Reading Proficiency.
EDU 218 Educational Technology3ENG 101 and Reading Proficiency.
Natural Sciences Elective4 One lab course required for Secondary certification; two lab courses required for Elementary certification
Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
PSY 205 Human Growth and Development (MOTR PSYC 200)
or Child Psychology
or Adolescent Psychology
3PSY 200 and Reading Proficiency.
EDU 211 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3ENG 101 and Reading Proficiency.Recommend taking the MO General Education Assessment (MoGEA)
EDU 210 Teaching Profession with Field Experience3ENG 101 and Reading Proficiency.Must take the Missouri Education Profile (MEP); 36 hours of classroom observation required
Humanities and Fine Arts Elective3  
CORE 42 Elective3 Any course to reach 42 MOTR credits
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
EDU 227 Educational Psychology3EDU 210 and PSY 203, PSY 205 or PSY 214 and Reading Proficiency.Apply for graduation
EDU 219 Education of Exceptional Learners
or Multicultural Education
3EDU 211 and Reading Proficiency
Natural Sciences Elective4 One lab course required for Secondary certification; two lab courses required for Elementary certification
Humanities and Fine Arts Elective3  
Elective2-3  
Credit Hours15-16
Total Credit Hours62-63

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.