2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2018-2019 Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Teaching (K-5), A.S.T.

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Program and Career Description:

The Associate of Science in Teaching Degree is designed for those students planning to transfer to a four-year school in order to complete an elementary teacher certification (K-5). If you desire to teach high school, you should choose a major in which you desire to teach. For example, if you plan to teach high school history, you should pursue an associate degree with an emphasis in history prior to transferring to a four-year institution.

Career Beginning Average Salary Median Average Salary
(15 Years Experience)
Elementary School Teacher $34,122 $45,354

Career and salary information taken from www.bls.gov. Check out this web site for additional information about education requirements and preferred work styles and abilities for these careers. Salaries are not guaranteed.

Transfer Options

Students who want to be certified to teach kindergarten through fifth grade should satisfy the A.S.T. degree requirements, as it is the gateway to making a smooth transition to enrollment in this major at the transfer institutions with schools of education. Therefore, students who plan to take upper-level Middle Tennessee State University courses in Columbia should follow this program.

Articulation agreements exist between other private and non-TN public institutions. These agreements are available at www.columbiastate.edu/admissions/transfer-information.

Program Requirements

Students may be required to take additional Learning Support courses.

History Requirement

Take 2 courses

Humanities/Fine Arts

Take 2 courses

Natural Sciences Requirement

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Take 2 courses

Requirements for Graduation Include:

• earning 25% of total program credits in residence at Columbia State.
• earning a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
• pass all parts of the Praxis Core Academic Skills Tests for Educators (Reading 156, Writing 162, and Math 150 or have an ACT composite of 22 or SAT composite of 1020).
• having four Disposition of Suitability forms completed on you.
• taking the Columbia State Exit Exam.

* It is recommended that students complete ENGL 1010 , MATH 1410  and MATH 1420 , and EDUC 2210  before taking Praxis Core Tests.

If you have completed TN eCampus courses, run a degree audit from the student tab in myChargerNet to determine how these courses apply to this program.

Teaching (K-5), A.S.T. Sample Academic Plan - Total Credit Hours: 61

First Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 17

First Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 15

Second Year - Fall Semester - Total Credit Hours: 16

Second Year - Spring Semester - Total Credit Hours: 13


Criminal background checks are required of all enrolled education students prior to participating in course required classroom field experiences at affiliate public and private schools. Based on the results of the criminal background check, an affiliate school may determine not to allow a student's presence at their school. This could result in the student's inability to successfully complete the requirements of a specific course and the AST program. More information is available from education lead faculty.

Each student enrolled in education courses must show proof of individual liability insurance prior to the onset of the required classroom field experience. More information is available from the education lead faculty.

**Critical Course - Higher achievement in identified courses is predictive of graduation success.

For more information contact:
Kirstin Davenport at
kdavenport3@columbiastate.edu or 615.465.5762
Humanities & Social Sciences Division office at 931.540.2780

Columbia State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution.
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