Completion of the AST degree guarantees 60 hours of transfer credit to ANY 4-year Louisiana Elementary Education (Grades 1-5) Program.
The Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) program is dedicated to the premise that education is necessary for all people. AST 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.
Candidates develop into effective communicators with knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the diverse educational needs of Louisiana schools and their students.
About the Program from Students/Instructors
BPCC’s AST provided me with methods, management skills, and mentors that have been essential both inside and outside of my classroom!
–Alicia Olivier, ULM graduate, 3rd grade teacher at Sunset Acres
Teachers free and empower each new generation to map its own destiny; teachers change lives and transform society.
–Bryan McCoy, Ph.D. – Faculty; Curriculum, Instruction, & Leadership, Louisiana Tech University College of Education
Associate in Science in Teaching (Grades 1-5):
- Prepares students to meet the prerequisites necessary for transfer into four-year elementary education programs;
- Provides a core foundation in elementary education;
- Students enter the four year university prepared for teacher candidacy.
Specific Degree Information
In order to be admitted into the AST program, applicants must:
- Complete all coursework with a minimum 2.50 GPA.
- Submit an application, letter of recommendation, and resume.
- Participate in an entrance interview and complete an on-demand writing sample.
Applicants accepted into the program must:
- Submit passing scores on PRAXIS I (Core) and PRAXIS II. A core of 22 on the ACT may be substituted for PRAXIS I (Core)
- Complete a sexual offender and FBI criminal history background check.
- Complete 40 hours of field experience during the TEAC 201 and 203 courses.
- Complete an electronic portfolio of artifacts created during the TEAC courses.
- Complete an exit interview prior to graduation.
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