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Teacher Education Transfer (A.A.)

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A.A. Degree

Program Description

The Associate of Arts degree in Teacher Education Transfer is designed specifically to enable the graduate to transfer into a teacher education program in a four-year institution. Students will use this degree as a foundation for  further study toward a baccalaureate degree in elementary, secondary, or a specialized teaching field such as special education. Education students must achieve a 3.0 GPA by the time they have earned 48 credits and  maintain a 3.0 GPA until graduation.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program the student will be able to:

  1. Transfer to a four-year college or university offering an education degree.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge through critical reading and listening.
  3. Employ life-long learning skills.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetics and develop an appreciation for the creative process in the humanities.
  5. Achieve information and technological literacy.
  6. Communicate clearly, both orally and in written form.
  7. Integrate diverse disciplines.
  8. Use sound educational principles to understand the learning and behavior of children and adolescents and apply the principles to classroom practice.
  9. Demonstrate skills necessary to operate educational equipment.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Arts Degree, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all course requirements.
  • Achieve a 3.0 QPA by their 48th semester hour and maintain it to continue in this program.
  • Pass the Praxis I exams in writing, mathematics, and reading;
  • Receive clearance through the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History check, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History check, and the Federal Criminal History Record.
  • Provide evidence, by presenting the originals, that the three Praxis I exams and the three background checks have been successfully completed. Copies of these documents will be made by the student’s assigned academic advisor for inclusion in one’s file.
  • Apply for graduation.

Students must complete courses in the General Education and Major courses as well as those across the disciplines of humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and natural sciences. While students may freely select from the courses offered in each of these clusters, they should consult their academic advisor prior to registration.

The courses in this program are designed for transfer. However, students are reminded that the requirements for a bachelor’s degree vary among four-year colleges and universities and the Education majors within those institutions. Thus, students are strongly urged to select courses that fulfill the requirements of the school to which they intend to transfer. Students should contact their Pennsylvania Highlands advisor within their first semester and be guided by the catalog of the senior institution they wish to attend after having earned their associate degree.

Credit hours: 23

Credit hours: 13

Humanities Electives

Students must choose 9 humanities credits. Required: One course in literature, one in philosophy or religious studies, and one in fine arts.

Credit hours: 9

Credit hours: 8

Typical Sequence of Courses

Total Credits (14)

Total Credits (15)

Semester III

Total Credits (16)

Semester IV

Total Credits (17)

Minimum Credits to earn A.A. Degree: 62

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