WCJC awards the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree for students planning to pursue baccalaureate programs that lead to initial Texas teacher certification. 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.
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 semester credit hours to a university. Students are advised to seek academic advising in the first semester since individual universities may vary in their transfer requirements.