Jun 07, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Secondary Education (Social Studies) - 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 Secondary Education-Social Studies is a two-year program that focuses study on coursework necessary to keep students on par with other students entering their junior year majoring in Secondary Education-Social Studies at a four year institution. Students majoring in Secondary Education typically get their Bachelor of Science degree and teach Social Studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. Transfer Options The Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) 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.

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) for admission to university College of Education. MTSU and UTC 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.

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

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (19)

  • University Parallel Elective Credits (1)

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
Middle School Social Studies Teacher  $39,090 $58,600
High School Social Studies Teacher $39,740 $60,320

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 (16)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (13)


1Students pursuing a licensure area in Government or who plan to transfer to UTC or TTU should take POLS 1030: American Government
2Students transferring to UT Knoxville- a sequence in Natural Science is required
3Because there are multiple areas of licensure in Social Studies, please read the following statements carefully:
-Students seeking Secondary Education towards licensure in History need to follow the History AS TTP.
-Students who plan to transfer to UT Knoxville should follow the History AS TTP for all social studies-related licensures.
-Students who intend to transfer to ETSU’s or MTSU’s secondary education program should follow the respective AA or AS TTP for their particular major and not the Secondary Social Studies AST TTP. MTSU requires that students take education courses after transfer.

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