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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching, A.S.T. - Secondary Education (Social Studies) (TTP)

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Degree: Associate of Science in Teaching
Major: Teaching
Area of Emphasis: Secondary Education (Social Studies)

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

This pathway 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 in this pathway typically get their Bachelor of Science degree and teach Social Studies at the secondary level in public or private schools.

Transfer Options
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) are advising tools designed to help community college students plan for transferring to a Tennessee public university or select regionally accredited, non-profit Tennessee private colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degree. The TTPs also constitute an agreement between community colleges and four-year colleges/universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note: Due to the transferability to a four-year institution, there are to be no course substitutions where a specific course is required in the TTP curriculum guide.  

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 E-Proficiency Profile (EPP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/graduation/exit-exams.

CIP Code: (08)13.0101.00

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (19)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)


1  Students pursuing a licensure area in Government or who plan to transfer to UTC or TTU should take POLS 1030: American Government

2  Students transferring to UT Knoxville- a sequence in Natural Science is required

3  Because 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.

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)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (16)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (13)

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