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Teacher Preparation

Teacher in Classroom

Program Overview

Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation and Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation

For most, becoming a teacher is something they have felt drawn to since childhood. Others find it as a calling once they see the true impact education has on someone’s life. Whether it is a lifelong dream or a newly discovered passion, College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Teacher Preparation program provides a solid foundation from which to build a rewarding career teaching elementary, middle or high school.

COA’s Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation and Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation degree pathways are designed to meet the two-year general education college requirements of four-year colleges and universities. COA’s teacher preparation program allows you to transfer with junior-level status and pursue a teaching degree in K-12 field of education.

COA’s Teacher Preparation program offers two degree pathways:

  • Associate in Art in Teacher Preparation (A 1010T): This curriculum is suited for students who want to pursue a four-year teaching degree in non-stem areas such as English, History, Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts
  • Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation (A1040T): This curriculum is suited for students who want to pursue a four-year teaching degree in STEM-related or technical areas such as mathematics and science

Beginning in your first semester, you’ll supplement your general education coursework with education (EDU) classes that will begin preparing you to teach. These include:

  • EDU 187 – Teaching and Learning for All
  • EDU 216 – Foundations of Education
  • EDU 250 – Teacher Licensure Preparation
  • EDU 279 – Literacy Development and Instruction

There are a host of reasons to begin your journey at COA, including:

  • Save $30,000 to $70,000 over your first two years at a four-year university
  • Small class sizes from instructors who are invested in your success
  • Approved credits are guaranteed to transfer to all University of North Carolina (UNC) System schools and many other colleges and universities
  • You have a better chance of getting into your school of choice than freshman applicants
  • Students who complete their first two years at a community college do better at a university than those who begin as freshmen

Transferring to a Four-Year College or University

COA has a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) with certain universities for students in specific programs of study, allowing you to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at COA.

Be sure to check the minimum transfer admissions requirements for the programs you’re interested in. Most UNC system universities require at least 30 credit hours, and that transfer students meet the specific admission requirements for their major.

Visit our college transfer page for more information and links to four-year college transfer admissions websites.

Curriculum Guides

First Year/Fall Semester

Course Number/Title Corequisites Prerequisites Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry ENG 011 ENG 002 Tier 1 3 0 0 3 3
ACA 122 College Transfer Success n/a n/a 0 2 0 2 1
EDU 187 Teaching and Learning for All n/a n/a 3 3 0 6 4
Humanities/Fine Arts
(see catalog for options)
varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
**General Education Elective varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 12 5 0 17 14

First Year/Spring Semester

Course Number/Title Corequisites Prerequisites Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines n/a ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
Mathematics (select one): 3 – 4
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy
or
MAT 043 MAT 003 Tier 1 and ENG 002 Tier 1 2 2 0 4
MAT 152 Statistical Methods 1
or
MAT 052 MAT 003 Tier 1 and ENG 002 Tier 1 3 2 0 5
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra MAT 071 MAT 003 Tier 2 or MAT 143 or MAT 152 3 2 0 5
Humanities/Fine Arts
(see catalog for options)
varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
Social/Behavior
(see catalog for options)
varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 216 Foundations of Education n/a n/a 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 14 – 15 2 n/a 16 – 17 15 – 16

Second Year/Fall Semester

Course Number/Title Corequisites Prerequisites Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
EDU 250 Teacher Licensure Preparation n/a (1) ENG 111 and MAT 143
or
(2) ENG 111 and MAT 152
or
(3) ENG 111 and MAT 171
3 0 0 3 3
COM 231 Public Speaking n/a n/a 3 0 0 3 3
Natural Science
(see catalog for options)
varies varies 3 2 – 3 0 4 4
**General Education Elective varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
Social/Behavior
(see catalog for options)
varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 15 2 – 3 0 16 16

Second Year/Spring Semester

Course Number/Title Corequisites Prerequisites Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
EDU 279 Literacy Development and Instruction n/a n/a 3 3 0 6 4
SOC 225 Social Diversity n/a n/a 3 0 0 3 3
**General Education Elective varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
**General Education Elective varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
**General Education Elective varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 15 3 n/a 18 16
Total Program Hours 61 – 62

**General Education elective options (see catalog for Gen Ed options):

14 – 15 SHC of courses should be selected from courses classified as general education within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. 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.

First Year/Fall Semester

Course Number/Title Corequisites Prerequisites Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry ENG 001 ENG 002 Tier 1 3 0 0 3 3
ACA 122 College Transfer Success n/a n/a 0 2 0 2 1
EDU 187 Teaching and Learning for All n/a n/a 3 3 0 6 4
Humanities/Fine Arts
(see catalog for options)
varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
Mathematics
(see catalog for options)
varies varies 3 2 0 5 4
Total Semester Hours 15 7 0 15 15

First Year/Spring Semester

Course Number/Title Corequisites Prerequisites Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines n/a ENG 111 3 0 0 3 3
Mathematics
(see catalog for options)
varies varies 3 2 0 5 4
Social/Behavior
(see catalog for options)
varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
**General Education Elective varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
EDU 216 Foundations of Education n/a n/a 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 16 2 0 16 16

Second Year/Fall Semester

Course Number/Title Corequisites Prerequisites Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
EDU 250 Teacher Licensure Preparation n/a (1) ENG 111 and MAT 143
or
(2) ENG 111 and MAT 152
or
(3) ENG 111 and MAT 171
3 0 0 3 3
COM 231 Public Speaking n/a n/a 3 0 0 3 3
Natural Science
(see catalog for options)
varies varies 3 2 – 3 0 5 – 6 4
**General Education Elective varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 12 2 – 3 0 14 – 15 13

Second Year/Spring Semester

Course Number/Title Corequisites Prerequisites Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Total Contact Hours Total Credit Hours
EDU 279 Literacy Development and Instruction n/a n/a 3 3 0 3 4
SOC 225 Social Diversity n/a n/a 3 0 0 3 3
Natural Science
(see catalog for options)
varies varies 3 2 – 3 0 5 – 6 4
**General Education Elective varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
**General Education Elective varies varies 3 0 0 3 3
Total Semester Hours 15 5 – 6 0 17 – 18 17
Total Program Hours 61

**General Education elective options:

14 – 15 SHC of courses should be selected from courses classified as general education within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. 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.