Degree Requirements for the Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.) (K-6)
The A.S.T. 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. Students may not graduate before completing all developmental studies course requirements as determined by their placement scores. 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 or ACT composite score of 22 or above or SAT composite score of 1,020 or above 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 A.S.T. 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.
Students who lack the required one unit (one year) of American History from high school as an admissions requirement must complete six (6) semester hours of American History or three (3) semester hours of American History and three (3) semester hours of Tennessee History to fulfill the history requirement in general education.