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2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2023-2024 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching, A.S.T. - Pre K - 3

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The Associate of Science in Teaching degree is a jointly developed degree through the TBR community colleges. The Associate of Science, Pre K-3, follows a common curriculum established by the TBR early childhood education programs. With the AST, students are able to finish at any community college and enroll in any TBR teacher education program. Students intending to transfer to the UT system or private institutions should consult a faculty advisor on the appropriateness of this program for transfer.

This program is designed for the student who does intend to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.

Degree: Associate of Science in Teaching

Emphasis: Pre K - 3

Recommended Full-Time Schedule

The following Recommended Full-Time Schedule is not a substitute for academic advising. You must meet with an academic advisor each semester to be cleared for registration. Consult with your advisor about scheduling and degree requirements. Also, see the current undergraduate catalog ( for a complete list of requirements and electives. Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked. Contact the academic division or department for current information.

Factors that affect your progression include required Learning Support courses, your choices regarding campus location, course delivery method, and the days and times selected to take classes.

1General Education electives in each category must be chosen from approved courses listed in the General Education Program .

2For transfer to Austin Peay State University, East Tennessee State University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and University of Tennessee-Knoxville, MATH 1530 is required.

3University of Memphis does not have Development of Exceptional Children in Pre K-3 curriculum and students transferring to University of Memphis will have to take one other course after transfer.

Additional Degree Requirements

  ACT composite 21 or successful completion of Praxis Core.

  Attainment of 2.75 cumulative grade point average.

  Satisfactory rating on an index of suitability for the teaching profession.


Learning Support courses must be taken every semester until completed.

First Year

Fall Term (15 semester credit hours)

Second Year

Fall Term (16 semester credit hours)

Spring Term (16 semester credit hours)

Program Degree Requirements - Teaching, A.S.T. - Pre K-3

General Education Requirements (41 hours)

Humanities and/or Fine Arts (9 hours)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (6 hours)

Mathematics (3 hours)

Approved Mathematics General Education elective1, 2  3 credits

Natural Science (8 hours)

Approved Biological/Life Science with Lab General Education Elective1  4 credits
Approved Physical/Earth Science with Lab General Education Elective1 4 credits


Total Credit Hours 62

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