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Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)

Students interested in acquiring knowledge and skills in the field of Education can take the courses offered in our Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) Program.  Courses within the program align with State Board for Educator Certification Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Standards. The degree plan satisfies the core requirements for baccalaureate programs at four-year institutions that lead to initial Texas teacher certification.

Field experiences are an integral part of becoming a professional teacher.  Courses that are field-based require outside classroom time for observation and experiential learning in Texas Education Agency accredited schools.

If you are seeking initial teacher certification in Texas you must contact an approved educator preparation program. If you are seeking initial educational aide certification, you must obtain a recommendation from a Texas school district.

To see more information on this be sure to visit our Associate of Arts in Teaching Page.

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Introduction

Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.’ –W.B. Yeats

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  This guide serves to assist Associate of Arts in teaching students in the process of successfully completing their AAT program.

Video: Elementary School Teachers

Effective Teacher

What do Teachers Do?

The responsibilities of a teacher depend on their students. 

For example, an elementary teacher's duties may include:

  • Create lesson plans to teach students subjects, such as reading, science, and math
  • Teach students how to interact with others
  • Observe students to evaluate their abilities, strengths, and weaknesses
  • Instruct an entire class or smaller groups of students
  • Grade students’ assignments
  • Communicate with parents or guardian about their child’s progress
  • Work with students individually to help them overcome specific learning challenges
  • Prepare students for standardized tests required by the state
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules to teach children proper behavior
  • Supervise children outside of the classroom—for example, during lunchtime or recess

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers,

on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/kindergarten-and-elementary-school-teachers.htm (visited July 28, 2020).

To find out duties for other teachers you can go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Pages for teachers.

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For Middle School Teachers

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Middle School Teachers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/middle-school-teachers.htm (visited July 13, 2020).

For High School Teachers

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, High School Teachers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/high-school-teachers.htm (visited July 12, 2020).

For Preschool Teachers

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Preschool Teachers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/preschool-teachers.htm (visited July 12, 2020).

There will be further information on various roles for educators on the main BLS page for educators