Teacher Education - Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in Teacher Education Program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree and certification to teach levels PK-12. Teachers shape the future of society by educating its children. The knowledge teachers impart empowers children as they grow. Students with a love of learning and a passion for education should consider this program. The A.A. program gives students significant freedom to create their course schedules, so they can focus on the subjects they want to teach. The program offers students twelve emphasis options covering a variety of subjects and age ranges. These emphasis options are direct academic pathways toward designated teaching certificates. Students should contact the intended transfer institution to ensure they are taking the right courses and maintaining GPA standards for their desired teaching certificate.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Teach primary or secondary school
Gain classroom experience while earning their degree
Pursue a bachelor’s degree
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: 2.6 Years
Credits: 60*
Graduation Retention Rate: 60%*

Possible Careers

Guidance counselor
Instructional coordinator

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
General Education
credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
Program Electives

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Angela Miller
Teacher Education Department Chair


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.