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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Education (K-5) - A.S.T (TTP)

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For more information on this program, contact the Social Science and Education division at 615-230-3231.

The Associate of Science in Teaching Degree program emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  Students pursuing careers as elementary teachers should consider this degree.

Additional AST Degree Requirements:
1. Attainment of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
2. Minimum ACT cumulative score of 21 (SAT 1020) or successful completion of approved standardized examination (Praxis Core). MTSU requires a minimum ACT score of 22.
3. Submission of three Disposition Assessment Forms with satisfactory ratings on an index of suitability for the teaching profession to the Social Science & Education Division. 
Note: Students transferring to a public university in Tennessee may need to meet additional requirements to gain admittance to the university.

Transfer Option:
The Associate of Science in Teaching (AST)  degree is designed to create a smooth transition to all public universities offering a Baccalaureate degree in this major by guaranteeing the transferability of all courses. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note:  There are to be no course substitutions in this program.  

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the PRAXIS Exam and the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/testing.

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (19)

  • Natural Science (Choose any general education natural science option except BIOL or ISCI) Credits: (4)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)

Career and Salary Information

The following is a list of some of the career choices that may be obtained upon completion of this program. Please visit the following website http://www.onetonline.org or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements.  Salaries are not guaranteed.

Career Beginning Salary with Bachelor Degree Experienced Salary Median with Bachelor Degree
Elementary Teacher $36,250 $49,110

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15)

Math Credits: (3)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (13)

  • Natural Science (Biology course with lab) Credits: (4)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (Literature course) Credits: (3) 
  • Natural Science (Non-biology course with lab) Credits: (4)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (16)

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (See General Education requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Natural Science (Any approved general education Physical Science with the exception of BIOL or ISCI 1030) Credits: (4)


1 Students who plan to transfer to UT Chattanooga must take MATH 1530: Introductory Statistics, UT Martin- MATH 1130: College Algebra is required.
Students who plan to transfer to UT Chattanooga must take one World History course. 
Students who plan to transfer to ETSU must take Educational Psychology course.

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