Associate of Arts in Teaching: 4-8, EC-12 Special Education

Associate of Arts Teaching – Leading to Initial Texas Teacher Certification 4-8, EC-12 Special Education

This degree trains students to spark a love of learning in fourth through eighth grade students or special-needs children in any grade. Students train in small, hands-on classes and local school districts.

Suggested Study Plan

Semester 1

Course Name
EDUC 1300
or PSYC 1300
Psychology for Success 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
COSC 1301
or BCIS 1305
Introduction to Computing
or Business
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness and Wellness 1

Semester 2

Course Name
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
HIST 2301
or HIST 1301
Texas History
or US History I
EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking 3
Creative Arts Select from Core Curriculum 3

Semester 3

Course Name
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Life and Physical Sciences Select from Core Curriculum 4
Social/Behavioral Science Select from Core Curriculum 3
HIST 1302 U.S. History II 3
Elective 3

Semester 4

Course Name
Language, Philosophy and Culture Select from Core Curriculum 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
Life and Physical Sciences Select from Core Curriculum 4
EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations 3
Elective 3

Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify potential or enrolled students that a criminal history may make them ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion. The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements:

Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential Associates of Arts in Teaching degree prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation”:

This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program, with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense. Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.

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