The associate of science in Teaching (AST) program allows for a seamless transition into any elementary teacher preparation program at any Tennessee Board of Regents University. The AST allows students to complete some of the professional teacher licensing standards at the community college level, which lays the groundwork for becoming a fully certified elementary teacher.
The AST is transferable to Teacher Preparation programs at any TBR four-year college or university that awards state licensure and certification for teachers.
The convenient 2+2 program in Elementary Education is offered in partnership with Tennessee Technological University. Students can continue on with the final two years of teacher preparation locally with Tennessee Tech instructors at the Center for Education and Human Services (formerly the East Campus). The end result is an A.S. degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor's Degree in K-6 Education that leads to becoming a fully licensed teacher.
Careers in Elementary Education include classroom teacher, reading specialist, subject area specialist, home-bound tutor, camp director, and teacher's aide.