Program Description

Interested in pursuing a four-year degree in the education field?

The Associate of Science in Teacher Preparation program allows students to complete their first two years of general college studies with a concentration on education while living and working closer to home. The courses offered in the Associate of Science in Teacher Preparation program are targeted to those interested in teaching in areas related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

After graduation, Associate of Science in Teacher Preparation students apply their 60 hours of earned college credit towards a Bachelor’s degree at the university level. The course options at SCC allow for a smooth transfer to the many four-year universities in North Carolina. While in the Associate of Science in Teacher Preparation program at SCC, students will work closely with their academic advisors to select and navigating a wide range of education-related courses such as foundations of education, teaching and learning for all, and preparation that is focused specifically on preparing for North Carolina teacher licensure exams. Upon graduating with an SCC Associate of Science in Teacher Preparation degree, students are prepared to enter university programs in education concentrations.

Transfer Opportunities

UNC Pembroke Teacher Preparation Articulation Agreement 

The UNC Pembroke Teacher Preparation Articulation Agreement allows students from a Columbus County high school or Whiteville High School who complete an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree in Teacher Preparation at Southeastern Community College to transfer into the Educator Preparation Program at UNC Pembroke. Students need a college grade point average of 2.7 or higher and a grade of B- or higher in EDU 216 – Foundations of Education. If students do not have a grade point average of 2.7 or higher, they may use their first semester at UNC Pembroke to improve their grade point average to 2.7. If students make lower than a B- in EDU 216 at Southeastern Community College, they will retake the course at UNC Pembroke.

The Associate of Science degree has been developed to allow for the smooth transfer of courses and credits to a Bachelor’s degree at a university. Articulation agreements both with public and private North Carolina universities ensure that SCC courses will transfer to the North Carolina four-year institution that the student plans to attend.

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) enables North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate in arts programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina and to Signatory Institutions of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to transfer with junior status.

Community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer with a junior status. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.

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