Associate of Arts in Teaching


The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree offers the first two years of initial teacher certification classes. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves this degree (THECB)-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. The 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, the Field of Study, and additional mathematics 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.

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 their respective Colleges of Education.

AAT Early Childhood-Grade 6

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, and
  • EC-6 other content area teaching fields/academic disciplines/interdisciplinary majors.

AAT Grades 4-8

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, and
  • 4-8 other content area teaching fields/academic disciplines/interdisciplinary majors.

AAT Secondary Grades 7-12

AAT Secondary Grades 7-12 degree is appropriate for students who seek teacher certification in the following areas:

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