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Education & Training
The Education & Training program is designed to prepare students to meet the demands of an increasingly competitive and intellectually challenging future through educational and personal growth, practical skills development, academic courses, and career preparation.

The Associate of Applied Science degree is a 69-semester hour program. This program is unique to the Rio Grande Valley in two ways. It allows students to gain specialized training in one of five developed educational areas of emphasis. Secondly, the program is comprised of educational classes with technical labs for hands-on learning. The students will create and develop instructional materials ready to be used in the school setting utilizing a variety of state-of-the-art media and technical resources. The Associate Degree provides students with the opportunity to continue their education towards a Bachelor Degree and teacher certification.

Admissions Requirements

Students must complete the admissions requirements listed under "Admissions Information."
Associate of Applied Science Degree - 2013LecLabContCredit
Semester 1
EDTC1301  Educational Systems24963
EDTC1341  Instructional Technology and Computer Applications22643
CDEC1318  Wellness of the Young Child23803
ENGL1301  Composition I30483
HIST1301  United States History I30483
Total Hours12933615
Semester 2
CDEC1359  Children with Special Needs24963
EDTC2311  Instructional Practices and Effective Learning Environments24963
HIST1302  United States History II30483
  General Education Elective † * 30483
  Speech Elective † * 30483
Total Hours13833615
Semester 3
EDTC1307  Introduction to Teaching Reading24963
TECA1354  Child Growth & Development30483
GOVT2305  Federal Government (Federal constitution & topics)30483
MATH1314  College Algebra † * 30483
  Area of Emphasis Course 1 (from list below)30483
Total Hours14428815
Semester 4
EDTC1394  Special Topics: in Teacher Assistant/Aide24963
EDTC2317  Guiding Student Behavior24963
GOVT2306  Texas Government (Texas constitution & topics)30483
  General Education Elective † * 30483
  Area of Emphasis Course 2 (from list below)30483
Total Hours13833615
Semester 5
EDTC1364  Practicum: Teacher Assistant/Aide ° ‡ * 0213363
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective † 30483
  Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective † 30483
Total Hours6214329
Grand Totals5850172869
Track Courses
Emphasis in Bilingual Education
EDTC1321  Bilingual Education22643
EDTC1325  Multicultural Education30483
Emphasis in Early Childhood Education
CDEC1321  The Infant & Toddler30483
CDEC1356  Emergent Literacy for Early Childhood24963
Emphasis in General Education
EDTC2305  Reading Problems24963
EDTC1393  Special Topics: In Computer Teacher Education30483
Emphasis in Students with Special Needs
CDEC2340  Instructional Techniques for Children with Special Needs24963
EDTC1395  Special Topics: in Bilingual/Bicultural Education30483
º This course has been designated as the capstone course
† Courses articulated with high schools
‡ Course with external learning experience
* SPCH Elective Suggested SPCH 1315
* MATH 1314 or (BIOL 1308 and BIOL 1108) or (BIOL 1309 and BIOL 1109)
* EDTC 1364 or (EDTC 1164 and EDTC 1264)
* General Elective, see department

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