Teaching, A.S.T. - Elementary Education (K-5) (TTP)

Degree: Associate of Science in Teaching
Major: Teaching
Area of Emphasis: Elementary Education (K-5)

For more information, contact the Social Science and Education division at 615-230-3231.

This pathway is for students planning to complete a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  Students pursuing careers as elementary teachers should consider this pathway.
Additional AST Degree Requirements:

  1. Attainment of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  2. Minimum ACT cumulative score of 21 (SAT 1080) or higher or successful completion of approved standardized examination (Praxis Core) for admission to the university’s College of Education.
  3. Satisfactory ratings on an index of suitability for the teaching profession (three disposition forms.) 

Note: Students transferring to a public university in Tennessee may need to meet additional requirements to gain admittance to the university.

Transfer Option
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) are advising tools designed to help community college students plan for transferring to a Tennessee public university or select regionally accredited, non-profit Tennessee private colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degree. The TTPs also constitute an agreement between community colleges and four-year colleges/universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note: Due to the transferability to a four-year institution, there are to be no course substitutions where a specific course is required in the TTP curriculum guide.  

All students graduating with an Associate of Science in Teaching degree from VSCC are required to take the PRAXIS Exam and the E-Proficiency Profile (EPP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/graduation/exit-exams.

CIP Code: (08)13.0101.00

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)

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Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)


  1. Students who plan to transfer to Christain Brothers University are encouraged to complete POLS 1030: American Government. Students who plan to transfer to UTK are encouraged to complete ECON 2010: Macroeconomics.
  2. Students who plan to transfer to UTK are encouraged to complete one U.S. History course as part of the requirement. Students who plan to transfer to MTSU are encouraged to complete a World History course. APSU requires students to complete one World History course. Students who plan to transfer to UofM must complete a sequence (either HIST 1110/1120 or HIST 2010/2020.
  3. UTK recommends that students complete Astronomy for the non-biology with lab requirements.
  4. Students who plan to transfer to APSU must take an Educational Psychology course. Students who plan to transfer to ETSU are encouraged to take Developmental Psychology or Educational Psychology.
  5. Students who plan to transfer to UTC are required to take a Physical Science course.

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule. Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

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