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Teacher Education

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A New Pathway to a Teaching Career

Until recently, the educational pathway to a career in teaching was the exclusive domain of four-year colleges and universities in Texas. Now, a new pathway is available at North Central Texas College-the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) program. Because community colleges like NCTC are close to home and because they have less stringent admissions requirements, the AAT degree program is more accessible. An important added bonus is that students who begin their pursuit of a teaching certificate through the AAT Degree program can realize truly significant financial savings by completing their first two years of study at NCTC before moving on to a four-year school where tuition is considerably more expensive.

Approved by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree (AAT) is a 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. The AAT degree as defined by the Coordinating Board is fully transferable to all Texas public universities. Because the AAT fulfills the requirements of the field of study curriculum statutes and Coordinating Board rules, all Texas public universities must accept the AAT curricula if they offer the applicable baccalaureate degrees leading to initial teacher certification. However, students who complete the AAT will be required to meet any and all entrance requirements of the receiving university and the educator preparation program, including grade point averages and/or testing requirements. 

Complete the AAT at NCTC, Then Transfer 

Students are encouraged to complete the requirements of the AAT degree at North Central Texas College before transferring to another college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree.

North Central Texas College Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) is a detailed degree program designed to transfer to a baccalaureate program that leads to certification of a Texas teacher. NCTC offers three AAT degrees.  These degree plans are approved and supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. 

Education courses required by each of the degrees are provided face-to-face and online.

Degree Plans

Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (TRC)

Small TRC Brand LogoThe Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (TRC) is an award-winning network of P-16 partnerships that provide sustained, high intensity professional development to P-12 teachers of science and mathematics. Through this partnership, North Central Texas College provides training to our north Texas schools, through hands-on and interactive training. Most trainings are after school hours to accommodate teacher schedules and all free of charge.

For more information about this statewide initiative, please visit the TRC website

Teacher Professional Development

Training course information can be acquired by contacting Nicole Morrell at nmorrell@nctc.edu