Teacher Education

Quick Facts

Teachers educate children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Our Program

Why Choose Teacher Education?

  • Earn your Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) at TCC & easily transfer to one of our many partner 4-year colleges or universities to complete your bachelor's degree & earn Texas teacher certification
  • Be able to balance your work or personal life with our conveniently scheduled classes
  • Gain both a general education foundation & a specialization
  • Share your passion for teaching & learning in a field that is intrinsically rewarding

Prepare for What You Will Do at Work

  • Develop lesson plans & assignments for teaching subjects to students
  • Grade exams & evaluate projects
  • Prepare students for required standardized tests
  • Assess students’ special needs & adapt lessons

Marketable Skills You Will Learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before You Enroll, Think About:

Academic Requirements

  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment
    • You must earn college-ready scores or higher.
    • For our degree programs, you must pass the Math section of the TSI:
      • EC-6th or Grades 4–8 A.A.T.: Algebraic math pathway required
      • High school A.A.T.: Algebraic math pathway not required
  • Graduation
    • Our A.A.T. requires a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Field Experience

You are required to observe certified teachers in a classroom setting (private or public). We schedule classroom observations on an individual basis, primarily according to your availability.

Each teacher education (EDUC) course requires you to participate in a minimum of 16 hours of field experience.

Criminal Background Checks

You must undergo a criminal background check before registering for any teacher education (EDUC) course. Once a year, criminal background checks are conducted at both campuses.

See your campus Field Placement Contact for more details.

Licensing Notice: Texas House Bill 1508

This program prepares you for an occupational license. However, you may not be eligible for licensing if you have a prior criminal history.

For more details, see:

Need a boost to get ready for college?

Talk to your advisor about Developmental Studies if your TSI scores say you need some help in math or reading and writing.

Degrees & Certificates


How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2023–2024 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Semester Credit Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAT Associate of Arts in Teaching (EC-6) 60 $4,140
AAT Associate of Arts in Teaching (4-8 EC-12 Special Education) 60 $4,140
AAT Associate of Arts in Teaching (8-12 EC-12 Other Than Special Education) 60 $4,140


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Continuing Education Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.

While our program is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce, you may be ready to work toward:

  • Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (Core Subjects with Special Education)
  • Bachelor of Science in Education (4–8 English, Language Arts & Reading)

Next Steps

Start on Your Pathway!


Northeast Campus

Lisa Self
Chair of Child Development & Teacher Education

Call 817-515-6110

Email elizabeth.self@tccd.edu

Northeast Campus

Field Placement Contact

Dominique Cossi
Instructional Associate

Call 817-515-6110

Email dominique.cossi@tccd.edu

Northwest Campus

Lisa Landry, M.Ed.
Associate Professor of Education

Call 817-515-7180

Email lisa.landry@tccd.edu

Northwest Campus

Field Placement Contact

Cade Hart
Career Advisor—Public Services Division

Call 817-515-7289

Email cade.hart@tccd.edu

South Campus

Jeffrey Herr, Ed.D.
Professor of Education & Coordinator of Teacher Education Programs

Call 817-515-4702

Email jeffrey.herr@tccd.edu

South Campus

Field Placement Contact

Alma Gallegos
Instructional Associate

Call 817-515-4372

Email alma.gallegos@tccd.edu

Updated April 16, 2024