Associate of Arts in Teaching - AAT

The Associate of Arts in Teaching is a state-approved collegiate degree program consisting of lower-division courses intended for transfer to baccalaureate programs that lead to initial Texas teacher certification


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**Capstone Statement

A capstone course is a course designed to provide opportunities for students to integrate knowledge from their core and concentration courses, to gain insight into the meanings of professionalism and professional practice, and to reflect on the norms of a discipline or profession.

Core Curriculum


In addition, if a student successfully completes any part of an AAT field of study (FOS) curriculum as developed by the Texas Higher Education Board, the FOS courses will be transferred to a Texas public higher educational institution and must be substituted for that institution’s lower division requirements in the degree program leading to initial Texas teacher certification. The student shall receive full academic credit for the transferred FOS courses in the related university degree program leading to initial Texas teacher certification. HCC has developed specialized transfer plans, in collaboration with the Gulf Coast Teacher Education Consortium. The following universities have approved the AAT plan below for transfer toward initial Texas teacher certification: Prairie View A&M University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Clear Lake, University of Houston-Victoria, Houston Baptist University, and University of St. Thomas. Students need to be aware that universities often have limitations on the amount of credit that can transfer from community colleges to universities. That limit is usually around sixty semester hours earned at community colleges. For more information on university requirements and plan uniqueness including details regarding the Gulf Coast Teacher Education agreement, please see the Transfer Office website and the Teacher Education department chair for advising.

Associate of Arts in Teaching
Leads to teacher preparation for initial certifications in: Early Childhood-Grade 6; Grades 4-8; and Special Education.

Required Academic Core

EDUC 1300 Learning Framework - 3

ENGL 1301 English Composition I - 3

ENGL 1302 English Composition II - 3

ENGL 2327 Literature UHV prefers American Literature - 3
OR ENGL 2328

MATH 1314 College Algebra or higher - 3

Biological Lab Science - 4
Choose one course from: BIOL 1308, 1108, 1406, 1411, 1413, 2401, or 2416

Chemical Lab Science - 4
Choose one course from CHEM 1305, 1405, 1411, or 1413

HIST 2301 Texas History - 3
or HIST 1301

HIST 1302 U.S.History after 1877 - 3

GOVT 2305 Federal Government  - 3

GOVT 2306 Texas Government  - 3

Creative Arts - 3
Choose one course from ARTS 1301, 1303, 1304; DANC 2303; DRAM 1310, 2361,
2363, 2366; MUSI 1306, 1308, or 1309

Social/Behavioral Science - 3
TECA 1354 or GEOG 1303

Major Area Requirements

MATH 1350 Math for Teachers I - 3

MATH 1351 Math for Teachers II - 3

Physical Lab Science choose one course from ASTR 1403, 1404; BIOL 2406; GEOL 1403, 1404; PHYS 14012125, - 3

EDUC 1301 Introduction to the Teaching Profession - 3

EDUC 2301 Introduction to Special Populations – 3

EDUC 1325 Multicultural Education - 3

Note: For Gulf Coast Teacher Education Consortium list of schools and the AAT agreements, see Transfer Office website.

Bilingual certification also requires SPAN 2311, 2312 (SPAN 2311 has course prerequisites.)

The student must earn a minimum 2.0 GPA on sixty (60) total college-level semester hours, must complete a minimum eighteen (18) hours of coursework in the Houston Community College, must complete TSI requirement unless exempt, and have an application to graduate on file in the Registrar’s office in order to graduate.

The above curriculum is recommended to give students the best preparation for success after transfer in a Teacher certification program. If a student has already taken other courses than the recommended ones above, the following options will also count toward the AAT and toward guaranteed transfer to the university offering the above certifications.

ENGL Literature options: May choose from ENGL 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333, 2342, or 2343. (Some schools have preferences. See Transfer Office website for Gulf Coast Teacher Education Consortium list of schools and the AAT agreement.)

Mathematics options: May choose MATH 1314, 1316, 1324, 1325, 1342, 2412, 2413, 2414, or 2415

If a student has already taken core curriculum courses differing from the designated AAT courses above, then the student should follow the AA degree plan and the specific university’s transfer plan leading to teacher certification.