Elementary Education A.S. University Parallel

Elementary Education A.S. University Parallel


Christine Conn, Director of Education Programs

“Building the foundation for a full career in the Elementary Education classroom”

In the state of Tennessee, students must complete a four-year degree to become a licensed teacher for the Kindergarten through Fifth Grade classroom. Therefore, the Chattanooga State Early Childhood faculty have developed several AS General Transfer degree advising pathways which satisfy Chattanooga State’s AS Degree requirements for graduation, and also prepares students for entry into various four-year College of Education programs in our region and across the state. This pathway is altered slightly to accommodate each four-year university’s requirements, so meeting with an education advisor early and often is very important.

2+2 Program

The convenient 2+2 program in Elementary Education is offered in partnership with Tennessee Technological University. Students can continue on with the final two years of teacher preparation locally with Tennessee Tech instructors at the Center for Education and Human Services (formerly the East Campus). The end result is an Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.) and a Bachelor's Degree in K-5 Education that leads to becoming a fully licensed teacher.

Careers in elementary education include classroom teacher, reading specialist, subject area specialist, home-bound tutor, teacher's aide, and camp director.

Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA)

The Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) is a statewide program that provides free training and academic tuition support to childcare providers and administrators. The program offers a free 30-hour Orientation with instruction in five areas. For more information please visit Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance.