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Program Overview

The Associates in Science Teacher Preparation (ASTP) degree is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to purse a bachelors in STEM education. For example, the ASTP is appropriate for students who would like to become K-12 teachers specializing in Science, Mathematics, Technology, and Engineering.

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) enables North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate in arts programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina and to Signatory Institutions of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to transfer with junior status. The Associate in Science Teacher Preparation degree program is 60 semester credit hours.

Students should select courses based on their intended major and transfer university requirements. The same course cannot be counted in more than one category. Students must meet the receiving institution's foreign language and/or health and P.E. requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses counted toward graduation and to ensure course transferability to the University of North Carolina system. Students interested in taking advanced Spanish language courses may also be interested in adding the Spanish Language Certificate to the Associate in Arts degree.
This program is offered through our Career and College Promise Dual Enrollment program.

Program Contacts:

Kayla Norman

Lead Instructor - Education

Degree Curriculum

Academic Transition

ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1

Education Courses

EDU-187 Teaching and Learning for All 4
EDU-216 Foundations of Education 3
EDU-279 Literacy Development and Instruction 4
EDU-250 Teacher Licensure Preparation 3

Students who have completed Teacher Cadet or Teaching as a Profession courses in high school with a B or better may substitute that course for EDU 187 Teaching and Learning for All.

UGETC-Universal General Education Transfer Component (31 Credit Hours)

English Composition (Select Both Courses)

ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3

Humanities/Fine Arts and Communications (Select One Course)

COM-231 Public Speaking 3
ART-111 Art Appreciation 3
ART-114 Art History Survey I 3
ART-115 Art History Survey II 3
MUS-110 Music Appreciation 3
MUS-112 Introduction to Jazz 3
PHI-240 Introduction to Ethics 3

Literature Requirement (Select One Course)

ENG-231 American Literature I 3
ENG-232 American Literature II 3
ENG-241 British Literature I 3
ENG-242 British Literature II 3

Mathematics (Select Two Courses)

MAT-171 Precalculus Algebra 4
MAT-172 Precalculus Trigonometry 4
MAT-263 Brief Calculus 4
MAT-271 Calculus I 4
MAT-272 Calculus II 4

Social/Behavioral Sciences (Select One Course)

ECO-251 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO-252 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
POL-120 American Government 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
SOC-210 Introduction to Sociology 3
HIS-111 World Civilizations I 3
HIS-112 World Civilizations II 3
HIS-131 American History I 3
HIS-132 American History II 3

Natural Sciences (Select A Two Course Sequence)

BIO-111 General Biology I 4
BIO-112 General Biology II 4
CHM-151 General Chemistry I 4
CHM-152 General Chemistry II 4
PHY-151 College Physics I 4
PHY-152 College Physics II 4
PHY-251 General Physics I 4
PHY-252 General Physics II 4

General Education Courses (14-15 Credit Hours)


SOC-225 Social Diversity 3

Select Additional 3-4 Courses

ANT-210 General Anthropology 3
BIO-110 Principles of Biology 4
BIO-111 General Biology I 4
BIO-112 General Biology II 4
BIO-120 Introductory Botany 4
BIO-130 Introductory Zoology 4
BIO-140 Environmental Biology 3
BIO-140A Environmental Biology Lab 1
CHM-131 Introduction to Chemistry 3
CHM-131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab 1
CHM-132 Organic and Biochemistry 4
CHM-151 General Chemistry I 4
CHM-152 General Chemistry II 4
CIS-110 Introduction to Computers 3
DRA-111 Theatre Appreciation 3
DRA-126 Storytelling 3
ECO-151 Survey of Economics 3
ENG-113 Literature-Based Research 3
ENG-114 Professional Research & Reporting 3
ENG-131 Introduction to Literature 3
ENG-261 World Literature I 3
ENG-262 World Literature II 3
GEO-111 World Regional Geography 3
HUM-110 Technology and Society 3
HUM-115 Critical Thinking 3
HUM-120 Cultural Studies 3
HUM-122 Southern Culture 3
HUM-130 Myth in Human Culture 3
HUM-220 Human Values and Meaning 3
MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3
MAT-152 Statistical Methods I 4
MAT-171 Precalculus Algebra 4
MAT-172 Precalculus Trigonometry 4
MAT-263 Brief Calculus 4
MAT-271 Calculus I 4
MAT-273 Calculus III 4
MUS-210 History of Rock Music 3
PHY-110 Conceptual Physics 3
PHY-110A Conceptual Physics Lab 1
PHY-151 College Physics I 4
PHY-152 College Physics II 4
PHY-251 General Physics I 4
PHY-252 General Physics II 4
PSY-239 Psychology of Personality 3
PSY-241 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY-281 Abnormal Psychology 3
REL-110 World Religions 3
REL-211 Introduction to Old Testament 3
REL-212 Introduction to New Testament 3
REL-221 Religion in America 3
SOC-213 Sociology of the Family 3
SOC-220 Social Problems 3
SOC-230 Race and Ethnic Relations 3
SPA-111 Elementary Spanish I 3
SPA-112 Elementary Spanish II 3
SPA-211 Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPA-212 Intermediate Spanish II 3

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate thinking that is clear, accurate, precise, relevant, deep, broad, and fair, while analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating---Critical Thinking
  2. Produce writing that is clear, precise, organized, incisive, and correct (according to the guidelines of Standard Written English) for a variety of purposes and audiences---Writing
  3. Apply college-level mathematical concepts and methods to understand, analyze, and communicate in quantitative terms---Quantitative Literacy
  4. Effectively use technology as a tool for research, problem-solving, communication, and career enrichment---Technology Skills
  5. Identify the knowledge, skills, roles, and responsibilities of an effective, inclusive, and culturally-responsive educator as defined by state and national professional teaching standards.

Program Costs

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Program Facts

Students attending Surry Community College for two years instead of going straight to a four-year college or university typically save


On average students who transfer from a community college outperform students who go straight to a four-year school.

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