Program Curriculum- Education

EARLY CHILDHOOD: CERTIFICATE AND AAS DEGREE

Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)

WCJC awards the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree for students planning to pursue baccalaureate programs that lead to initial Texas teacher certification. Students are advised to seek academic advising in the first semester enrolled since individual universities may vary in their transfer requirements. There are two AAT tracks that include 60 semester credit hours of coursework. Plan B leads to Initial Texas Teacher Certification EC‐6, 4‐8, EC‐12 Special Education; Plan C leads to Initial Texas Teacher Certification 8‐12, and other EC‐12 Certifications. Students taking the Education courses will be required to complete and pass a criminal background check during the first week of class.

Completion of an AAT does not necessarily guarantee admission to a university teacher education program and later teacher certification through the state Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). Additional requirements with regard to grade point average, assessments, criminal history, and proof of legal status must be satisfied as required by the receiving university and SBEC. The AAT degree requires 60 semester credit hours, and students should be aware they may not be able to transfer more than 60- 66 semester credit hours to a university.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN TEACHING (AAT) PLAN B Leading to Initial Texas Teacher Certification EC‐6, 4‐8, EC ‐12 Special Education
AAT – PLAN B

Course Course Title Sem. Hours
Freshman/Semester I
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
HIST 1301 U.S. History I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
Science with lab Any course listed under core 030 4
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
  16 semester hours
Freshman/Semester II
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
HIST 1302 U.S. History II 3
PHED Any course listed under core 090 1
Science with lab Any course listed under core 030 4
HIST 2301 or Social/ Behavioral Science Core Course Texas History or Sophomore level Social or Behavioral Science course listed under core 080 3
  14 semester hours
Sophomore/Semester I
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution & Topics) 3
TECA 1354 or Elective Child Growth & Development or Academic (ACAD) transfer course 3
Humanities* Any English literature course (British or American)* 3
EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
MATH 1350 Fundamentals of Math I 3
  15 semester hours
Sophomore/Semester II
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution & Topics) 3
MATH 1351 Fundamentals of Math II 3
EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations 3
Performing/Visual Arts Any course listed under core 050 3
Science Elective Any science course: BIOL 2306 Environmental Biology of GEOL 1304 Historical Geology recommended 3
*Check with university for preference 15 semester hours

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS IN TEACHING (AAT) PLAN C Leading to Initial Texas Teacher Certification 

8‐12, Other EC-12
AAT – PLAN C

Course Course Title Sem. Hours
Freshman/Semester I
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
HIST 1301 U.S. History I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra Core 3
Science with lab Any course listed under core 030 4
PHED Any course listed under core 090 1
  14 semester hours
Freshman/Semester II
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
HIST 1302 U.S. History II 3
Science with lab Any course listed under core 030 4
EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
Content Area ** Major Selection **see below 3
  16-17 semester hours
Sophomore/Semester I
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution & Topics) 3
ENGL 2327 American Literature I 3
EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations 3
Content Area ** Major Selection **see below 3-4
Content Area ** Major Selection **see below 3-4
  15-17 semester hours
Sophomore/Semester II
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution & Topics) 3
GEOG 1303 or HIST 2301 World Geography or History of Texas 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
Content Area ** Major Selection **see below AAT core 3-4
  15-16 semester hours

**WCJC is able to offer 12 academic hours in the following content area teaching fields/academic disciplines. The EC-12 course list is below. Students are advised to check with the transfer university when making content selections. EC-12:

MUSIC 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 
ART 
THEATER 
MATH 
LIFE SCIENCES 
PHYSICAL SCIENCES 
SCIENCE 
ENGLISH, LANGUAGE ARTS, & READING 
COMPUTER SCIENCE 
SPEECH 
BUSINESS EDUCATION 
FOREIGN LANGUAGES 
Select 12 hours from MUSI courses
PHED 1306, 1301, 1304, 1346
Select 12 hours from ARTS core 050 courses
Select 12 hours from DRAM courses
Select 12 hours from MATH core 020 courses
Select 12 hours from BIOL core 030 courses
Select 12 hours from CHEM and/or GEOL course
Select 12 hours from core 030 courses
Select 12 hours from ENGL core 040 courses
COSC 1436, 1437, 2436
SPCH 1318, 1321, 1342, 2341
BUSI 1301, 2301, 2304
SPAN 1311, 1312, 2311, 2312
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