State Fair Community College

Associate of arts in teaching

Do you…
        Enjoy working with children?
        Want to make a positive impact on their lives?
        Want to make positive contributions to your community?
If you answered “yes” to the above questions, then consider becoming a teacher and get your start at State Fair Community College. Teaching is the profession that shapes America’s future. The challenges and rewards for those who choose to teach have never been greater.
The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree was created by Missouri four-year colleges and community colleges and provides students who have earned an AAT degree at SFCC the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Education at a Missouri four-year college or university. Earning your AAT at SFCC makes the transition to four-year universities a smooth process and is very economical.
A partnership between SFCC and the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), which is effective fall 2008, provides students with the opportunity to enroll in a “2+1+1” program in which to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from MU. Students spend two years earning an AAT at SFCC, one year studying at MU-Columbia in the College of Education, and the final year conducting field experience through MU’s nationally recognized Senior Year On-Site program.

The yearlong internship component places students in one of 22 MU Partnership for Educational Renewal (MPER) school districts throughout Missouri. During this phase, elementary education majors rotate through each elementary grade level, gaining a broader understanding of the school’s entire learning community, which helps students determine their grade-level and subject interests.

View COURSE CATALOG for program requirements.

This program requires students to have certain essential qualifications in order to be admitted and retained in the program. Click Essential Skills to view program specific qualifications.

For more information about the Associate of Arts in Teaching program, contact Cara Barth-Fagan, the advisor for the AAT degree, at or (660) 596-7329.

Transferable credit

Many courses at SFCC are transferable to four-year institutions. With this type of flexibility, you can receive an affordable AAT degree at SFCC with immediately marketable skills, and still have the option of pursuing a plan to transfer to a four-year institution, just let your SFCC advisor know prior to enrollment.

Bachelor's degree

Students can also earn a bachelor's in elementary education on the SFCC campus from Central Methodist University (CMU). For more information, click on CMU.


Cara Barth-Fagan, Program Coordinator  
Yeater 106
(660) 596-7329 

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