May 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Teaching, A.S.T. - Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3) (TTP)

Degree:  Associate of Science in Teaching
Major: Teaching
Area of Emphasis: Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3)

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

This pathway is for students planning to complete a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  Students pursuing careers in early childhood education with a 4-year bachelor’s degree may follow the career of a preschool teacher as well as a teacher in grades K-3.

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.  

All students graduating with an Associate of Science in Teaching degree from VSCC are required to take the PRAXIS Exam and the E-Proficiency Profile (EPP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at

Additional AST Degree Requirements:

  1. Attainment of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  2. ACT composite score of 21 (or SAT score of 1080) or higher or successful completion of approved standardized examination (Praxis Core) for admission to the university’s College of Education.

  3. Satisfactory ratings on an index of suitability for the teaching profession (3 disposition forms).

 Note: Students transferring to a public university in Tennessee may need to meet additional requirements to gain admittance to the university.

CIP Code: (08)13.0101.00

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (62)


  1. Students who plan to transfer to the UM must complete at least one fine arts under the Humanities & Fine Arts general education requirement.
  2. Students who intend to transfer to TSU are encouraged to take a Political Science course.
  3. Students who intend to transfer to UTK are encouraged to complete one U.S History course and one non-U.S. History course to fulfill the History requirement. Students who intend to transfer to UTM should take a U.S. History sequence to fulfill the History requirement. Students who intend to transfer to TSU may take U.S. History or Tennessee History.
  4. Students who intend to transfer to APSU, ETSU, UM, UTC, and UTK, MATH 1530 is required. At UTM, MATH 1130 College Algebra is required. Students who intend to transfer to TSU are required to take Math 1130 College Algebra or Math 1710 Pre-Calculus Algebra.
  5. Check with your advisor for recommended courses when selecting an Introduction to Special Education course.
  6. Students who plan to transfer to ETSU can take EDUC 2210 Educational Psychology instead of MATH 1420.

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)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (16)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)