Associate in Arts – Teacher Education: Pre-Major

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Mequon Campus, Oak Creek Campus, West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: General Education
  • Program Code: 20-800-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January/June

About the Program

DESCRIPTION

This degree program is for students interested in preparing to enter K-12 teacher licensing programs at four-year colleges and universities.

This degree enables you to fulfill the first two years of requirements for a bachelor's degree. The curriculum includes courses focused on the foundations of urban education.

Some of the colleges and universities that MATC students can transfer to include:

  • Alverno College
  • Cardinal Stritch University
  • Carroll University
  • Lakeland University
  • Marquette University
  • Mount Mary University
  • UW-Milwaukee
  • UW-Whitewater

Contact an MATC advisor for information.

CAREER OUTLOOK

Employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary school teachers throughout the United States is expected to grow, especially in areas where enrollments and/or teacher retirements are increasing.


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Detailed Program Information

Curriculum

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS - 10 Credits Are Required 10

EDF-249 Orientation to Urban Teaching
EDF-253 Issues in Urban Teaching ‡
EDF-254 Field Experience in Urban K-12 Classrooms ‡
EDF-255 Introduction to Teaching ‡

 

 
ENGLISH - 9 Credits Are Required 9
ENG-201  English 1 ‡  
ENG-202  English 2 ‡  
SPEECH-201 Elements of Speech
 
 

HUMANITIES -15 Credits Are Required                                                                                                                

15

 

ART-201, MUSIC-205 (or) SPEECH-212
ENG-220 ‡
+ three more courses

 

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES - 
12 Credits Are Required   
                                                                                                         

12  

HIST-211 (or) HIST-212
SOCSCI-221 (or) SOCSCI-222
PSYCH-270
+ one more course

 


WORLD/FOREIGN LANGUAGE - 
4 Credits Are Required  
                                                                                  


4

 

This requirement may be waived if student has successfully completed four high school semesters of the same foreign language with a grade of C or higher; the four waived credits must be made up by another 200-level course. Students may earn retroactive credit and credit by exam. Strongly recommended:Take two semesters of the same language if not already taken in high school.

 
   

MATHEMATICS - 
4 or 6 Credits Required 
                                                                                                                

4 or 6  

Seeking K-3 or 1-8 licensure
MATH-275 ‡ and MATH-276 ‡

 

Seeking 6-12 licensure
MATH-200 ‡

 

 

NATURAL SCIENCES -
7 Credits Are Required         
                                                                                        

7

 

NATSCI-233 + a lab course

 
   
PHYSICAL EDUCATION - 3 Credits Are Required 3  

Select any 200-level PHYED course.                                                     

   

TOTAL CREDITS: 64

(66 credits: Seeking K-3 or 1-8 licensure)


‡ Prerequisite required.
Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.
Note: It is important to consult the four-year institution regarding transferability of your selected courses. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

For course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

The Associate of Arts degree (AA) prepares students with the necessary academic and practical skills to complete a program of general education study and successfully transfer to a four-year college/university or to the workforce. The Associate of Arts requires coursework to prepare students to enter into many different areas of study, emphasizing humanities and social sciences.

Specifically, program learning outcomes for graduates of the AA degree include the following:

  • Effective Communication - Students will be able to communicate with different audiences by:
    • Being able to synthesize and organize information for diverse audiences
    • Actively listening in personal and professional relationships
    • Reading and comprehending written materials in content areas

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Communication Career Essential.

  • Information Literacy - Students will possess basic skills to access, evaluate, and use information technology to support academic, community, and career-related interests.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Technological Competency Career Essential.

  • Global Awareness - Students will be able to explain cultural difference and its importance, identify global interdependencies, and work productively with cultural differences.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Global Awareness Career Essential.

  • Analytical/Critical Thinking - Students will be able to perform analyses of messages, problems, or issues using a logically structured approach such as qualitative, quantitative, scientific, logical, critical or other human reasoning systems.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Effective Problem Solving Career Essential.

  • Professionalism - Students will display the behaviors of successful students and pre-professionals, identify the individual behaviors conducive to learning and succeeding in college, and display the abilities to interact successfully in classes, with instructors, other students, and student life personnel.
    This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.
  • Scientific Method - Students will be able to conduct research by planning and implementing an appropriate investigative strategy and synthesize results in an academic document.

This outcome is aligned with MATC’s Professionalism Career Essential.

With additional education and work experience, graduates may find employment in a variety of fields and occupations including: Advertising, Art, Counseling, Education, Elementary Education, International Studies, Journalism, Politics, Psychology, Public Relations, Radio/TV/Film, Sales, Social Work/Human Services, Theatre, Translating, etc.

Career Outlook

Employment of kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary school teachers throughout the United States is expected to grow, especially in areas where enrollments and/or teacher retirements are increasing.

Possible Careers

  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher

Scholarships

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Downtown Milwaukee Campus: 414-297-MATC
Mequon Campus: 262-238-2200
Oak Creek Campus: 414-571-4500
West Allis Campus: 414-456-5500

Last updated: 02/12/2020