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. The program is 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.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Teaching - AAT

Program Information

General Requirements


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, University of St. Thomas and Texas Tech University. 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-six semester hours taken 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.

To be eligible for an Associate in  Arts (AA), an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), or an Associate in Science (AS) degree from HCC, a student must successfully:

Complete at least 60 semester hours of credit as follows: (a) for the AA degree, 43 hours of required core courses and 17 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major (b) for the AAT degree, 44 hours of required core courses plus 16-18 hours of required pre-teaching courses (c) for the AS degree, 43 hours of required core courses plus six additional hours of mathematics, four additional hours of natural science, and 7 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major.

  • Complete a minimum of 18 semester hours toward the degree in the Houston Community College System. These hours may not be satisfied through credit by exam.
  • Have an overall 2.0 HCC grade point average.
  • Satisfy TSI requirements.
  • Resolve all financial obligations and return all College materials, including library books, to HCC prior to graduation.
  • Complete at least 60 semesters hours of credit.

Additional Degree Requirements


A student who has received an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution must meet specific requirements to earn an additional degree from HCC.

  • 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.

Program Outcomes


Students will be able to:

  • Explain the purposes of schooling and contexts of classrooms with an emphasis on the characteristics of exceptional students in the regular and special education classroom.
  • Analyze and evaluate teacher preparation programs, effective teaching strategies, their own employability, and the role of educators as they decide whether teaching could be a satisfying career for them.
  • Describe the characteristics of a specific type of exceptional learner including pre-referral interventions that should or could be used, modifications that must be made after referral, and legal implications.
  • Explore, examine, and evaluate one of the current issues affecting the field of education today, such as instructional methods, learning, curriculum, students, teachers, families, administration, school policy, or school law.



There are 37,022 Elementary School Teachers, 17,949 Middle School Teachers, and 23,670 High School Teachers employed in the Greater Houston Area . These number are expected to increase by 18.9% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 2826 Elementary, 1,349 Middle School and 1,845 High School jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $24.98 hourly, $52,000 annually

Continuing Education Programs

The Accelerated Teacher Certification Program at Houston Community College is a state-approved comprehensive educator preparation program that trains individuals for Texas standard certification in elementary and secondary education.

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