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.
Upon completion of the program the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge through critical reading and listening.
- Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetics and develop an appreciation for the creative process in the humanities.
- Communicate clearly, both orally and in written form.
- Integrate diverse disciplines.
- Use sound educational principles to understand the learning and behavior of children and adolescents and apply the principles to classroom practice.
- 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 degree requirements, including General Education and Major Requirements of the degree.
- Achieve a 3.0 QPA by their 48th semester hour and maintain it to continue in this program.
- This degree program requires that all students obtain a current Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check (Act 34), Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), and Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) (ACT 114), to be eligible for the required field experiences. A student should consider these factors before enrolling into this program
Note: Students are required to have these clearances submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the final day of their first semester. If students fail to have clearances submitted by that time, they will be removed from the program
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, 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.