Education/Teacher Preparation

Shannon Stoker, Department Chair, Education
Speaker Jim Wright Library, Streib Office
817-598-6372 •

The Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree was developed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in the fall of 2005. Students who wish to obtain Texas teacher certification may complete the required coursework and receive an A.A.T. Once students complete the A.A.T., they must transfer to a university that offers a bachelor’s degree and complete requirements for standard teacher certification. Students should work closely with an academic advisor and consult with the college/university to which they plan to transfer in order to understand the specific requirements of that institution. Additional information may be reviewed at the state website (

Taking courses in the A.A.T. Program is the first step toward pursuing this teaching certificate.
In order to be eligible to receive the A.A.T. degree, a student must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 61 hours including all of the required courses listed.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” or better in English 1301, EDUC 1301, and EDUC 2301.
  3. Earn a GPA of at least 2.00. (Universities often require a GPA of 2.75 or 3.0 for admission to the Teacher Education Program related to earning a bachelor’s degree and meeting state certification requirements.)
  4. Meet all TSI test requirements.
  5. Pass a background check as required for the program courses.

Students from Weatherford College transfer to a variety of different universities for completion of their bachelor’s degree and teacher certification requirements. Universities differ in their requirements for admission to their Teacher Education Program. On occasion, passage of the content certification test for the subject(s) a teacher candidate is planning to teach may be required before individuals are permitted to enroll in junior and senior level education courses. These certification tests assess English, math, science, and social studies content learning from the courses completed during the first two years of college.

Degrees and Certificates