Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation

Program Description

At Craven Community College, students enrolled in the Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation (AATP) degree will take education courses in addition to studies in general education.  Students should meet regularly with an advisor to determine the best course of study for their particular area of interest.

For degree completion, students are required to successfully complete 45 semester hour credits (SHC) of General Education courses. These General Education areas include: English, humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences and represent the General Education Core of the AATP.

In accordance with the revised Curriculum Articulation Agreement of 2014, the Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation degree is composed of 29 hours of Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) courses, 3 hours of a Required General Education course, 13 hours of additional general education courses, and 15 Other Required Hours, which includes ACA and education courses. 

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, interpret, and formulate conclusions from data.
  • Write and/or speak with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.
  • Analyze and interpret the role of fine arts in society and culture.
  • Demonstrate how historical, philosophical, cultural, global, and/or socioeconomic factors affect human interactions and behaviors.
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in education.

Career Opportunities

The Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation degree program serves as the foundation for students who wish to complete their bachelor’s degree in education at a four-year institution.  Students may then pursue careers in:

  • Elementary education (grades K-6)
  • Middle school education in non-STEM subject areas (grades 6-8)
  • Secondary education in non-STEM subject areas (grades 9-12)

In addition, successful completion of a bachelor’s degree can also lead to continued study on the graduate level.

Transfer Opportunities

Craven Community College has special relationships with upper-level colleges and universities for transfer.

These transfer institutions include:

  • four-year institutions in the University of North Carolina System
  • private North Carolina four-year institutions.

To provide for a smooth transfer, students should consult with both an academic advisor and the potential transfer institution for academic course selection and guidance as soon as possible.

Contact Information

Associate Dean, Liberal Arts and University Transfer – English, Communication, and Humanities

Associate Vice President for Instruction

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