Instructional Programs
Teacher Preparation

 Course Overview

Teacher Preparation (All Grade Levels) Associate of Arts Degree

Program Description: This program prepares students for multiple career opportunities in child related fields. Courses in this program provide skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and opportunities to volunteer in various community activities. Students will also develop and enhance technology skills to communicate with others. Planning and organizational skills learned/applied in the classes are used to develop leadership.

The program has complete transfer and applicability into the Multidisciplinary program in the School of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where students combine courses from several disciplines to complete their bachelor degree. For example, students wishing to work in a child related field can create an individualized program that will prepare them to pursue multiple career opportunities in the field (i.e. Child Care Licensing, Child Welfare Case Worker, Director/Owner of a Child Care Facility, Hospitals, Social Agencies and Alternative Teaching Certification.

Students should check other four-year institutions of higher education for transfer opportunities.

Career Opportunities: Child Care Licensing Worker, Child Welfare Case Worker, Director/Owner of a Child Care Facility, Hospitals, Social Agencies and Alternative Teaching Certification, Child Development Specialist, Job Coaches, Activities Director, Child Cruise Activities Director, Parent Trainer, Community to School Liaison, Teacher.

Salary Range: $39,520.92 - $64,449.00


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 AAT Program Description

Program Description: The AAT Degree as defined by the Coordinating Board is fully transferable to all Texas public universities. Because the AAT fulfills the requirements of the field of study curriculum statutes and Coordinating Board rules, all Texas public universities must accept the AAT curricula if they offer the applicable baccalaureate degrees leading to initial teacher certification.

Students who complete the AAT will be required to meet any and all entrance requirements of the receiving university and the educator preparation program, including grade point averages and/or testing requirements.

While the AAT Degree was designed for transfer purposes, for those students who decide to stop after completing the AAT, this degree meets the No Child Left Behind requirements for paraprofessionals. In addition, completion of the AAT is much like that of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science degree in that it may qualify students for work that requires at least an associate’s degree. A Bachelor’s Degree is required for Teacher Certification to be awarded.

Students are encouraged to complete the requirements of the AAT Degree at El Paso Community College before transferring to another college or university to complete a Baccalaureate Degree.

This program prepares students to work in a variety of child/family related fields such as hospital environments and social service agencies. Courses in this program also provide a foundation for students who wish to pursue Alternative Teacher Certification upon graduation with a bachelor’s degree from four-year institution.

Criminal Background Check: During the 2nd week of class in EDUC 1301 and EDUC 2301 the student must obtain a criminal background check from the school district the student selects as a volunteer site to fulfill the 30-hour volunteer lab requirement. The faculty member teaching the course will provide more information regarding this process during class.

Career Opportunities: Career opportunities include but are not limited to employment in public or private schools, textbook sales industry, government agencies, hospitals, and social service agencies. Elementary School Teacher, Middle School Teacher, High School Teacher, Vocational School Teacher, School Librarian, School Counselor, Textbook and Instructional Materials Sales Representative, Training and Development Specialist or Manager, Instructional Designer, Archivist for Arts Organization.

Potential job titles for undergraduate degrees in Teaching include Elementary School Teacher, Middle School Teacher, High School Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Vocational School Teacher, Instructional Materials Sales Representative, Training and Development Specialist or Manager, Archivist for Arts Organization.

Potential job titles for graduate degrees in Teaching include School Librarian, School Counselor, Instructional Designer, Instructional Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Principal.

Salary Range: $44,147.00 - $60,481.41


 District Wide Coordinator

Isela Castanon-Williams


 Faculty

Margaret RodriquezVV(915)-831-2111mrodr593@epcc.edu
Isela CastanonVV(915)-831-2430mcasta77@epcc.edu
Cristina SharpTM(915)-831-5203cnunez9@epcc.edu