Degree Requirements for the Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.) (K-6)
The AST degree shall require 60 semester credit hours with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.75. The GPA includes all classes taken including those not required for the degree. At least 18 of the credit hours must be earned in residence at Columbia State. Credit hours earned in developmental studies or other courses for institutional credit only are not applicable as credit hours required for the degree. Additional requirements are successful completion of Praxis I and satisfactory ratings on the Disposition Assessment, an index of suitability for the teaching profession.
Students who want to be certified to teach kindergarten through sixth grade should satisfy the AST degree requirements, as it is the gateway to making a smooth transition to enrollment in all Tennessee Board of Regents university schools of education. Therefore, students who plan to take upper-level Middle Tennessee State University courses in Columbia should follow this program.