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.

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Program of Study

General Education
Foundation Courses
ENG 101College Composition I3
ENG 102College Composition II3
MTH 160College Algebra4
COM 101Oral Communication I3
or COM 107 Public Speaking
PSC 101Introduction to American Politics3
HST 101United States History to 1865 13
or HST 102 United States History from 1865 to the Present
PSY 200General Psychology (prerequisite for EDU 227)3
PSY 203Child Psychology3
or PSY 205 Human Growth and Development
or PSY 214 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
Education Electives (One of the following must be completed):3
Education of Exceptional Learners
Multicultural Education
Total Credit Hours62-63

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.