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Students who follow this academic plan will receive an Associate of Science in Teaching.

The A.S.T. curriculum is designed for students who wish to complete the first two years of a program toward teacher certification in K-6 (elementary education) and then transfer to a Tennessee Board of Regents University for the completion of their four year degree. This curriculum will meet the lower division requirements for transfer to a Tennessee Board of Regents senior institution granting the bachelor's degree in elementary education. Due to varying requirements of four-year institutions, students are encouraged to select courses in consultation with an education advisor. Students who plan to transfer to the University of Tennessee or any other non-TBR university should contact their advisor for appropriate degree and transfer information.

Additional Degree Requirements:

  1. Attainment of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  2. Successful completion of Praxis Core Test or ACT score of 22 or higher (See note below)
  3. Satisfactory rating on an index of suitability for the teaching profession.
First Year   Hours
ENGL 1010, 1020 Composition I, II 3, 3
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
ARTH 1030 Art Appreciation or  
MUS 1030 Music Appreciation 3
MATH 1410, 1420

Number Concepts/Algebra Structures, Problem Solving/Geometry

3, 3
EDU 101 Introduction to the Teaching Profession 2
EDU 223 Instructional Aids & Equipment 1
EDU 111 Introduction to Educating Exceptional Child 3
GEOG 2010 World Regional Geography 3
ASTR 1010 Introduction to Astronomy or  
GEOL 1040 Physical Geology or  
GEOL 1050 Historical Geology 4
    First Year Total 31
Second Year    
POLS 1030 American Government or  
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology 3
MATH   Math Elective 3
EDU 211 or 212 Educational Psychology or Child Development & Psychology 3
HIST 2010, 2020 Survey of United States History I, II, or  
HIST 2030 Tennessee History (SELECT TWO) 3, 3
BIOL 1110 General Biology I 4
MSC 1012 Physical Science 4
ENGL   Sophomore Literature1 3
    Additional Humanities Elective1 3
    Second Year Total 29
    TOTAL HOURS 60

1 Courses must come from the General Education List

Praxis Core Test Information

  1. If a student fails to receive the minimum score of 150 Math, 156 Reading, and 162 Writing on the first testing, 10 hours of tutoring per subject area not passed is required through approved tutorial support services for remediation purposes.  Students will be required to re-test and show improvement through documentation, which will be stated in a form from the person providing tutorial services.  For 2+2 students, the first Praxis Core Test attempt should be no later than January of the year they plan to enter the TTU portion of the program.  All sections of the Praxis Core Test must be passed prior to an AST being granted.
  2. If a student fails to make required score(s) on the second attempt, the following guidelines apply for the students to be eligible to appeal testing requirements:
    1. Two of the three sections of the Praxis Core Test have been successfully completed.  The third section of the Praxis Core Test for a person within the following range(s) to be eligible for a waiver:
      - 2.99-2.75  cumulative QPA within one point of passing
      - 3.49-3.00  cumulative QPA within two points of passing
      - 4.00-3.50  cumulative QPA within three points of passing
    2. A formal written request for the waiver must be submitted by the student.   In addition, documentation and evidence outlining the student's progress attained during the tutoring sessions must be provided by the person or unit providing the required tutorial support.  The required form(s) may be obtained from the Education department faculty.
    3. A decision will be made by the Education Department based on all information provided by the student.
    4. If extenuating circumstances exist, a student may request an appeal of the department's decision and meet with the Praxis Core Test Sub-Committee.  
    5. The decision of the Sub-Committee is final.
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