Hill College offers a degree option for the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT). This degree requires at least 60 semester credit hours of course work. This is a specialized academic associate degree program which is designed to transfer in its entirety to a baccalaureate program that leads to an initial Texas teacher certification. The curriculum provided in the associate degree is approved by the Texas Coordinating Board.
Through this program, students who are considering the Education field as a career can explore the realities, challenges, and rewards of teaching through various courses and field observation in PK-12. The education courses for this degree focus on helping students to gain an awareness of the teaching profession and teaching diverse learners. Students considering a career in education must be free of both felony and misdemeanor convictions for any crime directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the teaching profession. A student with a conviction should consult the Program Coordinator of the Education Department prior to starting this pathway.
For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.
|Communication||the process of transmitting information and ideas from one individual or group to another, verbally or through writing.|
|Critical Thinking||the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.|
|Teamwork||willingness to be a part of a group of persons in a cooperative or coordinated effort in the interests of a common cause.|
|Adaptability||the ability to be flexible and adapt to changing conditions.|
|Work Ethic||a set of values centered on the importance of doing work and reflected especially in a desire or determination to work hard.|
|Continued Learning||the ability to continually develop and improve one's skills and knowledge in order to perform effectively.|
|Social Skills||skills used to communicate and interact with other people, both individually and in groups, verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language and our personal appearance.|
|Time Management||the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.|
|Analytical Thinking||the ability to solve problems quickly and effectively through a methodical step-by-step approach that breaks down complex problems into single and manageable components.|
|Cultural Competency||the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.|
Upon graduation from Hill College with an Associate of Arts in Teaching, students will be eligible for in many public and private sectors of education including work as teacher aids and assistants in schools, daycares and religious organizations.
Students who plan to pursue a degree in elementary education at a college or university upon completion of their studies at Hill College will have a larger range of job opportunities to choose from including teaching positions in the public and private sectors and higher salaries. With excellent job opportunities over the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau's Occupational Outlook Handbook, now is a good time to start your career in elementary education.