K-5 Elementary Education A.S.T.
Teaching preparation starts here.
Nashville State’s K-5 Elementary Education Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) degree offers preparation for students seeking to be elementary teachers. The AST degree prepares students to continue their pursuit of a bachelor's degree and the certification required to teach children in kindergarten through fifth grade in public and private schools in Tennessee.
Prepare for the teaching profession.
Transfer to any Tennessee public four-year university with the K-5 Elementary Education AST degree and meet the requirements for the first two years of a baccalaureate degree that leads to elementary teacher licensure. The AST degree requirements below correspond to the four-year universities’ requirements for entrance into the teacher preparation program.
To earn the AST degree students must:
- Successfully complete the required course of study as outlined in the catalog;
- Attain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average;
- Successfully complete the CORE Exam or have a 22 on the ACT or 1020 on the SAT (upon first-time admittance to college); and
- Receive a satisfactory rating on an index of suitability for the teaching profession.
Students should consult frequently with their advisors to insure completion of all requirements for this degree. Failure to do so could result in a loss of credits in the transfer process.
You must pass the CORE series or attain at least a 22 on the ACT to get into this program. It is strongly recommended that the math portion of the CORE should be taken after completion of MATH 1410 - Math for Elementary Education I. For information on pricing, locations for testing, and registration, see Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.
Every Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) degree candidate will undergo a Disposition Assessment. The purpose of the Disposition Assessment is to provide information about the student’s attitudes and skills that are deemed necessary to be a successful teacher. NSCC Disposition Assessment Form and Cover Letter
Education Professional Portfolio
All education majors must develop a professional portfolio—a collection of work products (such as written papers and artifacts of teaching) from the course of a teacher-preparation program. The professional portfolio will begin in EDUC 2010 - Introduction to Teaching.
To get a job in education, you must undergo a criminal history and abuse registry background check. This is required by the state and initiated by the employer.
Tennessee Professional Education Standards
All prospective teachers must complete coursework in professional education. Nashville State offers three of the courses that are in the professional education core:
- EDUC 2010 - Introduction to Teaching
- EDUC 2110 - Educational Psychology
- EDUC 2120 - Intro to Special Education
Students earning the Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) degree will have met the course requirements at their four-year transfer university of choice in the courses that are similar to these three courses. See the full Tennessee professional education standards here.
More Education Programs
Build your qualifications.
Start your teaching certification at Nashville State with the two-year associate degree below that best suits your area of interest. Students in these programs may transfer to a four-year degree to become a certified, licensed public or private school teacher.
- Early Childhood Education Pre-K–3 Associate of Science in Teaching
- Middle Grades Education Associate of Science
- Secondary Education Associate of Science
- Special Education Associate of Science
Build your credentials.
Prepare for employment in early childhood caregiver and education settings. The NSCC Early Childhood Education program is designed to build your qualifications one credential at a time with CDA Prep Courses, a Technical Certificate, and an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education.
Connect for success
Get involved with professional resources to further your grasp on current issues in education.
Student Tennessee Education Association
STEA offers opportunities to be a part of the National Education Association, the largest professional teacher organization in the United States. Participate and meet other prospective teachers, subscribe to professional journals, and keep informed on today's foremost topics in education. Student Tennessee Education Association
Tennessee Public Universities
- Austin Peay State University School of Education
- East Tennessee State University College of Education
- Middle Tennessee State University College of Education
- Tennessee State University College of Education
- Tennessee Tech University College of Education
- University of Memphis College of Education
Professional organizations for educators
- NAEYC-National Association for the Education of Young Children
- TECTA-Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance
- CSEFEL-Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
- TEA-Tennessee Education Association
- Tennessee State Department of Education
All students should talk to an advisor regarding course selection, class registration, and career pathways.
Christina Shaffer, Program Office, D-20
Melissa Fleck, Program Faculty
Jennifer Goncalves, Program Faculty
Kelley McLauchlan, Program Faculty
Division Office, D-16
Julie Williams, Division Dean