teacher working with preschool studentsEarly Childhood Education

This career program is designed to prepare students for entry and advancement in the early childhood education profession. Students can work for an associate of applied science degree or a technical certificate in early childhood education. Graduates of this degree program may also be able to transfer to a four-year university and complete the baccalaureate degree in early childhood education.

Elementary Education

The Elementary Education program emphasis is a two-year program for students planning to complete a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  Students pursuing careers in teaching should consider this degree. 

high school teacher in classroomSecondary Education

The Secondary Education program focuses study on coursework necessary to keep students on par with other students entering their junior year majoring in Secondary Education at a four year institution.  Students majoring in Secondary Education typically get their Bachelor of Science degree and teach one or more subjects (English, Math, Social Science, etc) at the secondary level in public or private schools.  Also, Secondary Educators may be designated to teach only their subject matter specialty.

Special Education

Teachers meet unique needs of students with learning, mental, emotional, and physical challenges.  Special education teachers work to ensure that teaching strategies are designed to meet individual needs.

Tennessee State University and Vol State A.S.T. Transfer Pathway Partnership

This transfer program allows students who have completed the Associate of Science in Teaching K-5 - A.S.T or Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3) - A.S.T. to transfer to Tennessee State University (TSU) to complete the Bachelor of Science (BS) in K-5 or PreK-3 teacher certification. 

Benefits of the Program:

  • Attend classes at the Vol State campus
  • Direct transfer of courses from Vol State to TSU
  • Complete your Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 4 semesters

Opportunity for annual scholarship award from $3000-$4000, depending on GPA