Associate of Arts in Teaching - Elementary Education

Elementary Education (AAT)

Associate of Arts in Teaching

This academic guide is based on the 2023-2024 Missouri State University-West Plains Catalog. The time to complete the degree will vary, depending on remediation, summer enrollment, number of classes taken per semester, etc.

Written Communications Credit Hours
ENG 110 Writing I 3
  • ENG 210 Writing II: Academic Writing (recommended) OR:
  • ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions
Oral Communications Credit Hours
COM 115 Fundamentals Public Speaking 3
Mathematical Sciences Credit Hours
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics or higher 3 or more
Physical Sciences Credit Hours
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators or 4
CHM 116/117 Fundamentals of Chemistry/Lab 5
Life Science Credit Hours
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators OR
  • BIO 101 Biological Concepts AND
  • BIO 111 Understanding Biological Systems Through Inquiry
3 or more
Social and Behavioral Science Credit Hours
  • HST 121 Survey of US History to 1877 OR
  • HST 122 Survey of US History Since 1877 (recommended)
GRY 100 World Regional Geography 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
  • CFD 155 Principles of Human Development OR
  • CFD 163 Principles of Development in Early Childhood OR
  • SOC 150 Principles of Sociology
Humanities and Fine Arts Credit Hours
ENG 234 Literature for Children and Young Adults 3
Institutional Requirements Credit Hours
IDS 110 Student Success 2
Teacher Education Core Credit Hours
EDU 150 Introduction to Teaching OR Substitute Teacher Training 1 or less
EDU 202 Teaching Profession Field Experience 3
EDU 250 Foundations of American Education 3
EDU 260 Educational Psychology 3
EDU 265 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
MTH 220 Foundations of Mathematics for Teachers 3
MTH 260 Foundation of Geometry for Teachers 3
Total Hours Required 60 or more

Degree Notes:

  • Math Requirements exclude MTH 197 or MTH 297.
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours of math, regardless of placement.
  • Courses taken under the pass/not pass option cannot be used to satisfy general education requirements, professional education, or specific degree requirements except as noted in the pass/not pass policy.
  • Students should confirm the transferability of courses with their transfer university before completing courses at MSU-WP, in addition to GPA, MOGEA, and ACT requirements of the transfer university.