The Teacher Education department, located in the Center for Child and Family Studies at Eastfield College, provides practical application of current theory and knowledge in the field of education. Courses offered are based on specific competencies that have been identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Education Agency, employers and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Students learn through hands-on activities and observation in the college classroom, the Eastfield lab school, and public, charter or private schools.
Eastfield College offers several opportunities for students who choose to be teachers the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree, an academic program of study leading to a Texas Teacher Certification. The AAT degree provides students with seamless transfer to Texas universities offering bachelor's degrees in education. See Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree. Associate of Applied Sciences degrees are technical programs that lead to career paths, teacher assistants, and child care workers. Programs may also be articulated through agreements for university transfer.
There are a variety of AAT degrees targeted to teaching pre-k through sixth grade, fourth through eighth grade and senior high that students can earn at Eastfield College. Our faculty advisors work closely with students using the transfer guide for the university where they plan to complete their studies, so that every course will count toward their bachelor’s degree.
By enrolling in this course of study, you have taken a major step toward achieving your goal of becoming an extraordinary teacher of children. While pursuing this Associate Degree in Teaching (AAT), you will discover that the teaching profession is a noble one, with many intrinsic rewards. Most importantly, you will discover that a teaching career is not for the faint of heart or the uncommitted. You will experience the exhilaration of working with students, teachers and other aspiring teachers who exemplify the dedication and passion needed to make a difference in the lives of young people.
By the time you finish this program, you will know whether or not you really WANT TO BE A TEACHER, and whether you really HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A GREAT TEACHER!
The Teacher Education Program is unique because students may enroll for freshman/sophomore level courses that invite serious exploration of educational practices and issues. At the same time, they can pursue the university transfer core curriculum.
Some of the required courses have field components. Each Teacher Education course includes specific reading, writing, and speaking requirements derived from the exceptional language skills needed by students if they hope to become effective teachers. Our courses are also designed to help students prepare for success in university courses that focus on TexEs competencies.
The Teacher Education faculty believe that "we teach who we are," and so our program focuses not only on the usual skills and competencies required of teachers, but also on cultivating self-awareness, empathy, and spirit that can truly transform a learning environment into a place that makes a difference. Our faculty serve as mentors and models, providing exceptional support and inspiration.