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Associate of Science in Teaching (Grades 1-5)

Bossier Parish Community College is an institution of higher learning that is dedicated to the premise that education is necessary for all people. The College provides a comprehensive educational program that helps students cultivate values and develop skills in critical thinking, self-expression, communication, decision making, and problem solving. This educational experience will prepare students professionally and technically by establishing a solid foundation upon which baccalaureate colleges of education will build, resulting in quality teachers to serve our community and state.

The mission of the Associate of Science in Teaching Program at Bossier Parish Community College is to provide the highest quality foundational coursework, specifically designed to produce teacher candidates for university colleges of education. Candidates will develop into effective communicators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the diverse educational needs of Louisiana schools and their students.

Program Review

  • In order to be admitted into the AST program, a student must be eligible for enrollment at BPCC.
  • COMPASS and/or ACT scores should be on file, and all developmental coursework must be completed with a “C” or better.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.500 is required for admission.
  • Students seeking entry into the program must submit an AST application including letter of recommendation and résumé.
  • Applicants must participate in an entrance interview, complete an on-demand writing sample, and complete a sex offender and FBI criminal history background check.
  • Applicants accepted into the AST program must maintain a 2.500 GPA and complete all coursework with a “C” or better.
  • Passing scores must be earned on PRAXIS 1 and section 0014 of PRAXIS II.
  • 40 hours of field experience must be completed during the TEAC 201 and 203 courses.
  • Artifacts created during the TEAC courses must be assembled into the electronic portfolio.
  • Prior to graduation, applicant must successfully complete an exit interview.

General Degree Information:

The graduating student will receive 60 hours of college credit for the required courses. Students receiving the Associate of Science in Teaching Degree from BPCC may transfer all coursework into any four year Louisiana Elementary Education (Grades 1-5) program. Recipients of the Associate of Science in Teaching must complete all coursework with a 2.500 GPA or better, pass PRAXIS I and II (0014), and complete an electronic portfolio prior to graduating.

Program Requirements:

Application Process

In order to be admitted into the AST program, a student must be eligible for enrollment at BPCC. COMPASS and/or ACT scores should be on file, and all developmental coursework must be completed with a "C" or better. A minimum GPA of 2.500 is required for admission. Students seeking entry into the program must submit an AST application including letter of recommendation and résumé. Additionally, applicants must participate in an entrance interview, complete an on-demand writing sample, and complete a sex offender and FBI criminal history background check. The cost of the background check is paid by the applicant, and it is completed only after acceptance into the program has been determined.

Graduation Requirements

Applicants accepted into the AST program must maintain a 2.500 GPA and complete all coursework with a "C" or better. Passing scores must be earned on PRAXIS I and Section 0014 of PRAXIS II. Forty hours of field experience must be completed during the TEAC 201 and TEAC 203 courses. Artifacts created during the TEAC courses must be assembled into the electronic portfolio. Prior to graduation, applicants must successfully complete an exit interview.

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Associate of Science in Teaching will have demonstrated:

  1. understanding of professional issues related to the field of education
  2. application of theories related to cognitive, social/emotional, and behavioral child development
  3. ability to assess, utilize and integrate technology into the classroom
  4. ability to identify and address different learning styles, multiple intelligences, and exceptionalities found in the classroom
  5. awareness of student rights as they apply to diversity issues

Recipients of the Associate of Science in Teaching will have:

  1. taken and passed PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II (0014)
  2. developed an electronic portfolio showcasing essential teaching competencies
  3. completed 40 hours of field experience to include observation, interviews, tutoring, and lesson planning an implementation
  4. demonstrated an understanding of legal issues and educational reforms as they relate to education in the state of Louisiana
  5. applied knowledge of theories of human development and learning in lesson planning and interactions with students in the field setting
  6. analyzed issues of diversity among the student population and addressed these issues in lesson plans, interactions with students, and field reflections.

Required courses for the Associate of Science in Teaching:

Students must earn a "C" or better in all required courses.

Freshman Year
First Semester Hours
ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
MATH 102 College Algebra 3
BLGY 101 General Biology I 3
BLGY 101L General Biology I Lab 1
HIST 201 US History I 3
HIST 101: Western Civilization I 3
or HIST 102: Western Civilization II
    16
     
Second Semester Hours
ENGL 102: Composition and Rhetoric II 3
MATH 117: Elementary Number Structure 3
BLGY 102: General Biology II 3
BLGY 102L: General Biology II Lab 1
POSC 201: National Government 3
TEAC 201: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Settings I 3
    16
     
Sophomore Year
First Semester Hours
ENGL 201: Major British Writers 3
or ENGL 202: Major American Writers
MATH 217: Elementary Geometry 3
PHSC 105 : Elemental Physics 3
PHSC 105L: Elemental Physics Lab 1
GPHY 101: Physical Geography 3
    13
     
Second Semester Hours
SPCH 110: Principles of Speech 3
MATH 218: Elementary Statistics 3
PHSC 106: Elemental Chemistry 3
TEAC 203: Teaching and Learning in Diverse Settings II 3
ART 231: Art for Elementary Teachers 3
    15
     
Total Hours 60
  1. Students must submit an application and complete the interview process in order to be considered for entry into the program.
  2. Teaching majors must maintain a 2.5 GPA.
  3. Teaching majors must pass PRAXIS I (PPST) and PRAXIS II (0014). A core of 22 on the ACT may be substituted for PRAXIS I.
  4. CIS competency is met through the TEAC 201 course.
  5. Teaching majors must successfully complete an electronic portfolio and exit interview in order to be recommended for graduation.
  6. * In order to enroll in the TEAC classes, students must be officially admitted into the program and have completed a sexual offender and FBI Criminal History background check.

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