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Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)

Offered through Human Studies

@ Florissant Valley | Forest Park | Meramec | Wildwood

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions. You will get the chance to take part in the education of future generations of children and to have a career in which you can make a significant difference in the lives of your students are two of the major reasons many people are drawn to this career. STLCC's associate of arts in teaching degree (AAT), provides students the opportunity to complete the first two years towards a bachelor's degree in education. The AAT degree can then transfer to one of Missouri's four-year teaching colleges or universities where students can complete the bachelor's degree in teaching. The courses in this program meet teacher certification requirements, are fully accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and are fully transferable to many Missouri four-year colleges.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.

The general education courses included in this program are included in Missouri's state-wide CORE 42 framework. This guarantees that the general education courses you complete are fully transferable to all public colleges and universities across the state. Please follow the recommended academic plan to make sure your classes will count! If you have any questions, please see an academic advisor

Parallel Programming

The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree curriculum consists of five core courses that are required of all teachers regardless of grade level or subject area they are planning to teach. Courses have been designed in collaboration with four-year colleges statewide so that their content parallels closely to what local universities offer their students in the first two years.

Faculty and Staff

St. Louis Community College expands minds and changes lives every day by offering high-quality educational experiences leading to degrees, certificates, employment, university transfer and life-long learning.

Hands on Experience

The program includes an emphasis on observation and participation in local school classrooms. The teaching profession with field experience course provides students with an opportunity to experience the day-to-day activities of veteran elementary, middle school and high school teachers.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow seven percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for kindergarten and elementary teachers, but employment growth will vary by region.

Why STLCC for the AAT Degree?

You should choose STLCC for your teacher education pathway because:

  • Classes are easily accessible at any of the four campuses.
  • STLCC offers flexible scheduling including day, evening, online and weekend classes.
  • STLCC offers small classes and personalized attention. Faculty, counselors and advisors help students each step of the way.
  • Faculty are experienced teachers with connections to local school districts as well as four-year colleges and universities.
  • Students find success at community colleges! Students who transfer from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities perform academically at or above students who begin at four-year colleges/universities.


The ATT program at STLCC is a fully accredited program by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Teaching Practicum

The AAT program is designed to give students experience in the classroom in the form of observation. The program requires 18 hours of observation in an elementary and 18 hours in a middle or high school for a total of 36 hours.

Program Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required.
  • Minimum professional education GPA is 2.75.
  • Institutional passing scores of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA).


The close-knit community, experienced professors and hands-on experience give future educators a true look into the career path we’re choosing. The relevant and up-to-date knowledge that this program offers has truly made this experience invaluable.


The hands-on assignments, unique projects and real-life scenarios has given me the experience that will help me become a school leader.


I would recommend the AAT program at STLCC to anyone who has passion to be a future educator! It is truly an awesome program, and I had the best professors.


Cost of Attendance

For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES.

Program Career and Salary Information

Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at https://scorecard.mo.gov/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest.

The following limitations to the data apply - Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

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