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Collin Offers New Degree for Teachers

COLLIN OFFERS NEW DEGREE FOR PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS

January 12, 2005 -- Collin County Community College District ("Collin") is offering a brand new opportunity for those wanting to enter the field of teaching.

Starting in the spring 2005 semester, Collin will usher in three Associate’s of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degrees. The three degrees cover elementary, middle school and secondary education. The AAT is fully transferable to any Texas public university in order for students to earn their bachelor’s degree and teaching certification.

The AAT degrees are unparalleled in the university setting as they provide students an opportunity to experience a classroom environment early in the process. Students are required to undergo 15 hours of lab inside a kindergarten-12th grade classroom.

“Most universities do not offer field experience in the freshman year,” Collin Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Brenda Kihl said. “Students get experience right away with the AAT. Also, if you are someone thinking about becoming a teacher, it gives you an opportunity to gain some experience in the teaching profession.”

The degrees are 63 hours, including 45 hours of associate’s of arts or science core curriculum.

The AAT is replacing the current Associate’s of Arts in Education, which will be phased out by fall 2005.

The AAT was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in July 2004 and is only available at Texas public community colleges.

For more information on the AAT, call Education Department Chair Elaine Boski-Wilkinson at 972.881.5967 or e-mail her at ewilkinson@collin.edu.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.