Associate of Arts in Teaching


The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree offers the first two years of classes towards initial teacher certification. This degree is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved collegiate degree program consisting of lower division courses intended for transfer to baccalaureate programs that lead to initial Texas teacher certification. North Central Texas College has particular transfer agreements for this degree program with the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, Midwestern State University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Early Childhood—Grade 6 degree program is also designed to help teacher aides and paraprofessionals who seek college credit hours to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act . Substitute teachers would also benefit from the education courses offered in the degree program.

The AAT degree includes the complete core degree requirements as well as field of study and additional math and science courses. All courses lead to initial teacher certification programs at the four year university. Students are strongly encouraged to seek advisement for all AAT degree programs.

*NOTE: The education curriculum at North Central Texas College is designed for transfer to four-year institutions. It is recommended that all students seek advisement from the university/college of their choice to determine if all courses recommended by North Central Texas College are the best choice for transfer to that institution’s College of Education.

Most university teacher education programs require a 2.50 overall GPA and a 3.0 or higher in field of study courses. Each university also specifies a required minimum THEA score for entrance to the college of education.

The AAT Early Childhood-Grade 6 degree is appropriate for students who seek teacher certification in the following areas:

  • EC-6 Generalist
  • EC-6 Bilingual Generalist
  • EC-6 ESL Generalist
  • EC-6 other content area teaching fields/academic disciplines/interdisciplinary majors

AAT Grades 4-8 degree is appropriate for students who seek teacher certification in the following areas:

  • 4-8 Generalist
  • 4-8 Bilingual Generalist
  • 4-8 ESL Generalist
  • 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading
  • 4-8 English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies
  • 4-8 Mathematics
  • 4-8 Mathematics/Science
  • 4-8 Science
  • 4-8 Social Studies
  • 4-8 other content area teaching fields/academic disciplines/interdisciplinary majors

AAT Secondary (Grades 8-12) degree is appropriate for students who seek teacher certification in the following areas:

  • Mathematics
  • Science (Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science, or General Science)
  • English Language Arts and Reading
  • History
  • Foreign Language

In order to successfully complete any of the AAT degree programs, students will be required to pass a criminal background check and complete a field experience lab component in each of their field of study courses.

Education Degree Plans:

Early Childhood - 6th

4th - 8th Early Childhood Special Education

6th - 12th, 7th -12th, 8th - 12th, Other than Special Education