Education Courses and Teaching Degrees

​Education Courses and Teaching Degrees

Education (EDUC) courses
Texas Early Childhood Articulation (TECA)
Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) Degrees (Teacher Preparation/Education)

Guided Pathways in Teaching

A guided pathway will help you earn a college credential and build a career. It’s a one-page document that clearly shows you what courses to take (and when) to best prepare you for success in college and in your career.

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Guided Pathway
Associate of Arts in Teaching, EC-6
Guided Pathway
Associate of Arts in Teaching, Leading to Initial Texas Teacher Certification in Mathematics, 8-12

Education Courses

Education courses help develop an understanding of how people learn and develop throughout life. Learning Framework, EDUC 1300, is an interdisciplinary course that addresses critical thinking and application of learning strategies. Other Education courses include an introduction to the teaching profession, principles and practices of multicultural education and introduction to special populations.

Texas Early Childhood Articulation

Texas Early Childhood Articulation (TECA) is a separate rubric of specialized courses for working with children from infancy through age 12. It includes skills for dealing with children, families, communities and schools, including parent education, lifestyles, child abuse and family life issues. Students participate in field experiences with varied and diverse populations in these age groups. 

Associate of Arts in Teaching Degrees (Teacher Preparation/Education)

Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degrees are designed to transfer to baccalaureate (four-year) programs that lead to initial Texas teacher certification. Sometimes listed by individual colleges as Teacher Preparation or Teacher Education, these degrees are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Students who complete the 42 hour credits of the Core Curriculum are assured by Texas state law that transfer is guaranteed to any Texas public college or university. 

See a chart of all AAT degrees including program specifications.

Degree, Associate of Arts in Teaching


(Early childhood through grade 6)

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Degree, Associate of Arts in Teaching

4-8 (Generalist), EC-12 Special Education

(Generalist grades 4-8 and special education from early childhood through grade 12)

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Course Descriptions for Education

Education courses are listed under the four-letter rubrics (course prefixes):

NOTE: Education courses are included in the four Associate of Arts in Teaching Degrees offered by colleges of DCCCD. These programs are sometimes called Teacher Preparation or Teacher Education by individual colleges.

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Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor to discuss your educational and career goals.

Check the current class schedule at the DCCCD college you plan to attend to see what classes are offered in a given semester. See the browsable class schedules of the colleges of DCCCD.

Get More With the Core Curriculum

The core of learning in college is a set of courses that will provide you with the knowledge, skills and educational experiences you need to succeed in higher education. Those classes — called the Core Curriculum — are the courses that lead to an associate degree from the colleges of DCCCD and which transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Students who complete the DCCCD Core Curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA are guaranteed that their courses will transfer as a block of credit to any Texas public college or university. Individual Core courses must be accepted as well by the transfer institution, according to state law. 

Find out more about the Core Curriculum of the colleges of DCCCD.

Career and Technical Education Courses in Child Development/Early Childhood Education

If you are interested in a direct career path in early childhood education, Brookhaven and Eastfield colleges offer the Career and Technical Education program Child Development/Early Childhood Education.

Continuing Education Courses in Teacher Education

Continuing Education (non-credit) courses in Teacher Education are offered at:

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