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2024-2025 Catalog

Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation

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The two-year program listed below is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate in Science transfer degree from GTCC and prepare a student for obtaining a Bachelor of Arts/Science in Education at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina A&T State University, Appalachian State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, or Guilford College.

However, students from GTCC seeking a baccalaureate degree may also transfer to other institutions. These institutions may require different courses within the various areas of General Education. Students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university after GTCC should consult with the institution they will be attending, their faculty advisor, and/or the GTCC Student Success Center.

The Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of college transfer courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and the basic computer use.

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) enables North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate in science programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina and to Signatory Institutions of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to transfer with junior status.

Community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer with a junior status. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.

Upon successful completion of this degree, graduates will be able to:

  • Use strategies to acquire new information in the field of education
  • Analyze relevant issues presented in the field of education
  • Apply critical thinking in the field of education
  • Examine educational pathways that lead to teaching as a career

Course Requirements for Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation (60 Credits)

General Education (45 Credits)

The general education common course pathway includes study in the areas of English, communication; humanities and fine arts; social and behavioral sciences; natural sciences and mathematics.

Universal General Education Transfer Courses (31 Credits)

All Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) courses will transfer for equivalency credit.

English Composition (6 credits)

The following two English composition courses are required:

Communications (3 credits)

Take one course from the following:

Mathematics (8 credits)

Select two courses from the following:

Natural Sciences (8 credits)

Select eight credits from the following courses:

Additional General Education Hours (14 Credits)

The following course is required:

General Education Electives:

An additional 11-12 credits should be should be selected from courses classified as general education within the CAA. Students should select these courses based on their intended major and transfer university. Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

Other Required Hours (15 Credits)

Academic Transition (1 credit)

The following course is required:


*Students who have completed Teacher Cadet or Teaching as a Profession courses in in high school with a B or better may substitute that course for EDU 187 Teaching and Learning for All. 

Semester I

Total Credits: 14

Semester II

Total Credits: 16

Semester III

Total Credits: 15

Semester IV

  • Credits: 3
  • UGETC Natural Science Requirement Credits: 4 5
  • Additional General Education Elective Credits: 4 6
  • Additional General Education Elective Credits: 4 6

Total Credits: 15

Total credit hours required for degree: 60


1 If transferring to UNCC, take COM 231

2 ECO 251, ECO 252, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, HIS 132, POL 120, PSY 150, SOC 210

  • If transferring to UNCC, take 1 HIS, PSY 150, and 1 other

3 ART 111, ART 114, ART 115, DRA 111, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 241, ENG 242, MUS 110, MUS 112, PHI 215, PHI 240

  • If transferring to UNCC, take 1 ART/DRA/MUS and 1 ENG/PHI

4 MAT 171, MAT 172, MAT 263, MAT 271, MAT 272

  • If transferring to UNCC or UNCG, check Math and Science requirements

AST 151/151A, BIO 110, BIO 111 & BIO 112, CHM 151 & 152, GEL 111, PHY 110/110A, PHY 151 & PHY 152, PHY 251 & PHY 252

6 Additional General Education Electives

  • If transferring to UNCC, take MAT 152
  • If transferring to App State, take MAT 152 if Biology - Secondary Education major
  • If transferring to Guilford College, take PSY 241

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