The Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation (AATP) and Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation (ASTP) programs are designed to prepare you to transfer to a four-year university to obtain a bachelor’s degree in education. You’ll receive specialized coursework in multiple grade levels and subjects, ranging from kindergarten through grade 12. You will also get hands-on student teaching experience, which is required for licensing in most states. The AATP and ASTP allow students who are interested in teaching K-12 to complete the first two years of their bachelor’s degree here at Craven and transfer to one of the 16 public universities to complete their BA or BS. Students who are interested in teaching elementary school or teaching middle or high school English or humanities should pursue the AATP. Students who are interested in teaching middle or high school math or science should pursue the ASTP.
Values & Benefits
A career in teaching can be extremely rewarding. As a teacher, you will have a significant impact on students’ lives and futures. Every student enters the classroom with potential, and a career as a teacher will allow you to shape that potential in a way that will benefit them for their lifetime.
A degree in Teacher Preparation can be applied toward many fields in education. It can help you in pursuing a career in elementary, middle, or high school teaching.
When it comes to income and career prospects, kindergarten through high school teaching has a promising outlook. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary, middle and high school teaching is projected to grow 4% through 2029.
A career in teaching will allow you to have a professional and personal life. While there will be long hours some days, the set schedule of teachers means you will get weekends and summers off, leaving you time to spend with family and friends.
There are many employment opportunities for Associate in Arts Teacher Prep graduates, including:
- Elementary education (grades K-6)
- Middle school education in non-STEM subject areas (grades 6-8)
- Secondary education in non-STEM subject areas (grades 9-12)