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Degrees AA Teaching




The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete a planned program of collegiate level work that is transferable towards a baccalaureate degree in teacher education.  This two-year transfer degree is designed to introduce students to the profession of teaching, to increase the number of teacher candidates, to ease transfer from two- to four-year institutions, and to maximize the credit hours taken at the two-year institution.

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Middle School Mathematics/Science
  • Middle School Language Arts/Social Studies

In making a decision to enter the teaching profession, students should seriously consider the demands that this choice entails.  Among these are scholarship and intellectual curiosity; an interest in children and young people, and an understanding of their interests, problems, and development; and an interest in and understanding of the role of the school in our society.  It is important to embrace the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education’s philosophy that each child, regardless of gender, race, creed, family background, exceptionality, or socioeconomic status, has a right to be taught by a qualified teacher who can help each child become all he are she can be.


Students completing this degree program successfully will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the skills and abilities named in the College’s philosophy of general education so that they may become lifelong learners.
  2. Complete a core curriculum of general and specialized education.
  3. Develop introductory skills in the art and science of teaching.
  4. Observe various instructional and other school settings through clinical field experiences in public schools in the area.
  5. Develop an awareness for the critical discussion of the challenges of the profession and relationship between school and society.
  6. Demonstrate basic instructional technology skills.
  7. Initiate development of a professional portfolio.
  8. Transfer to a four-year institution of education and successfully complete a baccalaureate degree in teaching at the level and area of choice.

Admission to the AAT program at Ozarka College, and eventually, the receiving institution is prerequisite to, but separate from, admission to teacher education in the receiving institution.  See program faculty advisor for individual articulation agreements.

The AAT is a two-year transfer degree designed to introduce students to the profession of teaching and to maximize the hours taken at Ozarka College that will lead to a bachelor’s degree in the students’ desired area of certification.  Although this degree focuses on middle school math/science and middle school language arts/social studies, it also provides the foundation for early childhood and secondary education.

Phase I. 

The first phase of an AAT is a pre-professional program and does not guarantee admission to the professional program at a four-year institution.  For unconditional admission to the AAT program, all applicants must:

  •     Be formally admitted to Ozarka College
  •     Be eligible to enroll in college-level coursework as reflected by ACT or ASSET scores.

To maintain unconditional program enrollment status, all candidates must:

  • Maintain a grade point average of at least 2.65 of a 4.0 grading scale.
  • Earn a “C” or better in each course required in the program.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior and accountability including good attendance and punctuality.
  • Meet legal requirements.


Phase II. 

To be provisionally recommended to Phase II, which is a teacher education program in a four-year receiving institution, all candidates must:

  • Meet the above criteria.
  • Complete 30-45 semester credit hours in general education.
  • Submit scores on the Praxis I that meet or exceed the levels established by the Arkansas Department of Education and the receiving institution.


In addition to provisional recommendation criteria, to receive full recommendation to a teacher education program in a four-year receiving institution and to meet graduation requirements for the AAT, candidates must:

  • Complete the required course work for the associate of Arts in Teaching with at least a 2.65 of a 4.0 grading scale on all course work with grades of “C” or better in each required course.
  • Submit a satisfactory professional portfolio.


Students interested in teaching as a career are encouraged to determine the level of teaching and the receiving institution of their choice as early in their academic career as is possible.  It is vital to specific course transfer for students to have a specific goal in mind as they pursue as AAT.  It must be noted, however, that there can be no guarantee of transfer of any one course to a College of Education in a specific four-year institution, as their requirements tend to alter from time to time.  However, every effort will be made by Ozarka College to advise the student toward his or her goal with minimum difficulties with our course transfer.


Completing the Associate of Arts in Teaching at Ozarka College with recommendations, does not guarantee admission to teacher education programs in four-year receiving institutions.  The student must also meet the specific admissions requirements of the receiving institution.

NOTE:  Students who meet graduation requirements for the Associate of Arts degree at Ozarka College, but who do not meet graduation requirements for the Associate of Arts in TEACHING, will be eligible to graduate with the AA.


All of the courses listed below

COMM1313 Communications3
EDU2003 Introduction to Education3
EDU2013 Intro to K-12 Technology3
ENGL1013 English Composition I3
ENGL1023 English Composition II3
HIST2023 Arkansas History3
MATH1203 College Algebra3
MATH2033 Math Concepts I3
MATH2043 Math Concepts II3
PLSC2003 American National Government3
PSYC2003 General Psychology3

Requirement: 8 Credits from below

BIOL1004 General Biology and Lab4
PHSC1004 Physical Science and Lab4

Requirement: 3 Credits from below

ENGL2213 World Literature I 3
ENGL2223 World Literature II 3

Requirement: 3 Credits from below

FAMU1003 Fine Arts Music3
FATH1003 Fine Arts Theater3
FAVI1003 Fine Arts Visual3

Requirement: 3 Credits from below

HIST2003 American History I3
HIST2013 American History II 3

Requirement: 3 Credits from below

HIST1003 World Civilization I 3
HIST1013 World Civilization II 3

AA Teaching

Program Length: 24 months
Credits: 53

CIP Code: 131206

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Mr. Chris Lorch
Associate Vice-President of Ac