Education - Associate of Arts in Teaching

If you want to be a teacher, you can get a start on your degree at McLennan. Earn a two-year Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree that provides an introduction to teaching, as well as core curriculum requirements.

Your AAT will transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a Texas public university, including schools that partner with McLennan in our University Center on campus.

What You'll Learn

The AAT is an early childhood through 12th grade generalist program, which prepares you to teach at every level and a variety of subject areas. This allows you to get a well-rounded introduction to education, while also allowing you to choose areas of specialization once enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program.

You'll complete 60 credit hours of freshman- and sophomore-level courses that will prepare you to earn a bachelor’s degree and become a professional teacher.

Field Experience

An integral part of McLennan's Education program is going into the field to observe teachers and students in classrooms. The college partners with several local school districts to allow Education students to observe and even volunteer with teachers. This experiential learning is instrumental to becoming a professional teacher.

Transfer Options

Once you have completed your AAT degree, you must transfer to a four-year bachelor's degree program leading to the initial Texas teacher certification if you want to become a certified teacher.

One option for seamless transfer is the University Center, which partners with Tarleton State University and Texas Tech University to offer bachelor’s degrees on McLennan's campus.

Tarleton State University offers the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with certifications in four areas:

  • EC-6 Generalist with ESL
  • EC-6 Bilingual Generalist
  • All-Level Special Education with EC-6 Generalist/ESL
  • 4- 8 Middle School Language Arts/Social Studies/ESL Certification

Texas Tech University offers the Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies in:

  • Middle Level Certification -- 4-8 Mathematics

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Deborah Focarile at

Title IX

Concerns dealing with TITLE IX and other non-specified Civil Rights Issues contact:

Drew Canham, Title IX Coordinator
Chief of Staff for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Title IX
McLennan Community College
Administration Building, Room 408
1400 College Drive
FAX: 254-299-8654 or

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