The Associate in Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree is a statewide initiative to improve the transferability of credits for education majors. Starting in the Fall of 2007, education majors at Missouri community colleges can choose this specialized degree to reduce the likelihood of transfer problems. State schools and most private institutions in Missouri have signed an agreement indicating that transfer students with an AAT will have no more credit remaining to complete their bachelor's degree than their native students. .
To earn the AAT degree, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, cumulative GPA of 3.00 in Professional Education coursework, successfully complete the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) by satisfying the required score on each of the four subtests, and successfully complete the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP). This degree option is especially attractive for education majors who are unsure of their Missouri transfer institution. As with any transfer degree, the sooner a student knows where they will transfer, the better choices they can make in preparation.
Will an Associate in Arts degree still work to transfer in education? Certainly it will. A student could still work closely with advisors at their community college and their transfer school to ensure a successful transfer. However, the AAT has made advising the transfer education student more foolproof. And as with any transfer degree the sooner a student knows where they will transfer the better choices they can make in preparation.