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Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.) - Grades K-5

The Associate of Science in Teaching or A.S.T. degree is a two-year program of study designed to prepare students to transfer into a Teacher Education Bachelor of Science degree/teacher licensure program in any TBR (Tennessee Board of Regents) college or university. The A.S.T. degree is also accepted at Carson-Newman University King University and Tusculum College. 

In addition to completing the designated course requirements (A.S.T. Course Requirements), students must attain the following:

  • A cumulative grade-point average of 2.75
  • A passing score on the Praxis I exam (or have an ACT score of 22 or higher
  • Three positive dispositions (i.e. recommendations from previous instructors.)

     A.S.T. Degree Checklist


Why choose Pellissippi State's A.S.T. degree program?

The A.S.T. degree program at Pellissippi State provides students with a strong foundation for a career in teaching. This program has grown from an enrollment of less than 50 students in 2002 to almost 350 in 2012. This growth is a clear indication of the strength of the A.S.T. program and its value in the Tennessee region. Students who have completed the A.S.T. degree at Pellissippi cite the following reasons why Pellissippi State is the right choice for any students who have made elementary education their career goal. 

  • Small classes. We have an average class size of 21 students.
  • Reasonable cost. Pellissippi State is one of the best educational values in the area with a variety of financial aid options available.
  • Five campuses. Classes are offered at Hardin Valley, Blount County, Magnolia Avenue, Division Street, and Strawberry Plains.
  • Evening cohorts. Classes are offered in a variety of scheduling options to meet the needs of the student who has family, work, or other special situations.
  • Focused advising. The Teacher Education Advising Center offers advising that is focused on the A.S.T. major and his/her needs.
  • Strong faculty. Pellissippi State's faculty members have been described by students as "caring, capable, consistent, and fair."
  • Concepts classes. Science, math, and other selected classes are designed specifically for the future elementary classroom teacher.
  • Early Field Experience. Students are placed in area schools early in the A.S.T. program to personally experience the realities of teaching.

The 2 + 2 Program

A.S.T. graduates can finish the last two years of their B.S. degree on the Hardin Valley Campus through a partnership with Tennessee Tech University!