2024-2025 College Catalog 
    
    May 27, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog

Secondary Education Mathematics (A.S.T.)


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The Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges, the state’s public institutions and the University of Tennessee have joined together to develop a common core of courses for prospective secondary education mathematics school teachers consisting of an introduction to teaching course and standards-based mathematics and science courses. The common core for the Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.) degree allows prospective teachers to transfer from Pellissippi State to any state university as juniors and without loss of credit. In addition to the curriculum requirements listed below, students must attain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75, successfully complete the Praxis Core exam or achieve an ACT superscore composite of 21 or higher, and achieve satisfactory disposition evaluation ratings. For the disposition evaluation ratings, students must have three positive dispositions completed by the following: 1) one’s EDU 2010 instructor, 2) an Instructor or Professor of one of the required AST courses, and 3) an Instructor or Professor of any other college-level course. For those students who have not completed two units of a single modern language, either at high school, at another college or through an approved examination, the deficiency(ies) must be removed before the student may transfer to a university.

Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Teaching transfer program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and/or skills acquired within the general education core.
  • Locate and evaluate information from a range of credible sources using proper attribution and citation.
  • Solve problems using skills developed across the curriculum.
  • Explain educational topics and strategies as they relate to the teacher, the student, and the school.
  • Identify the key components of an effective lesson plan.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviors expected of highly qualified educators.

Contact(s): Teacher Education Advising Center, (865) 539-7287

Courses and Course Sequence


Semester I (Fall)


Semester II (Spring)


Semester III (Fall)


  • ENGL5 - Literature Elective 3 Credit(s)
  •  3 -   
  • NS6 - Natural Sciences Elective 4 Credit(s)
  • SBS7 - Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3 Credit(s)

Semester IV (Spring)


Total Credit Hours Needed for Graduation: 60-61


Note: Students transferring to a public university in Tennessee may need to meet additional requirements to gain admittance to the university. students transferring to MTSU, ETSU, or UTC for Secondary Education Mathematics must follow the Mathematics AS TTP rather than this TTP. Students who intend to take the Praxis Core exam are encouraged to take MATH 1420  or MATH 1530  to prepare.  While a C or better is not a degree requirement, most 4-year institutions require a grade of C or better in Math courses.

1HIST
Chosen from HIST 2010 , HIST 2020 , HIST 2030 , HIST 2210 , HIST 2220 , HIST 2310 , HIST 2320 . Students planning to transfer must check course equivalency tables and/or catalogs of the intended college or university.
 2HUM
Chosen from ART 2010 , ART 2020 ENGL 2035 , ENGL 2055 , ENGL 2110 , ENGL 2120 ENGL 2130 ENGL 2150 , ENGL 2210 , ENGL 2220 , ENGL 2310 , ENGL 2320 ENGL 2430 ENGL 2510 , ENGL 2860 MUS 1030 MUS 1035 PHIL 1030 , PHIL 1040 , PHIL 1300 , PHIL 1500 , PHIL 2200 PHO 1200 THEA 1030 .
3MATH
A minimum grade of C is required in all math courses listed. Enrollment in MATH 1910  requires completion of high school algebra 1 and algebra 2 and geometry and precalculus/trigonometry and an ACT math score of at least 26 and an ACT reading score of at least 19 or equivalent math and reading scores or MATH 1710  and MATH 1720  with a grade of C or better or MATH 1730  with a grade of C or better.
4EDU
Students who intend to transfer to MTSU, ETSU, or UTC, secondary education program should follow the Mathematics AS TTP and not the AST TTP. ETSU and UTC recommend, and MTSU requires, that students take education courses after transfer. Students interested in transferring to UTK have two options:
          UTK Option 1: BS majoring in Math with a minor in Math Education – do not use this TTP; follow the MATH TTP.
          ​UTK Option 2: BS in Education with a concentration in Math. Students interested in this option must follow this Secondary Education Mathematics TTP.
5ENGL
Chosen from ENGL 2035 , ENGL 2055 , ENGL 2110 , ENGL 2120 ENGL 2130 ENGL 2150 , ENGL 2210 , ENGL 2220 , ENGL 2310 , ENGL 2320 ENGL 2430 ENGL 2510 .
6NS
Chosen from BIOL 1010 BIOL 1020 BIOL 1110 , BIOL 1120 , BIOL 2010 , BIOL 2020 BIOL 2310 , BIOL 2320 CHEM 1010 , CHEM 1020 CHEM 1110 , CHEM 1120 GEOL 1040 , GEOL 1050 , GEOL 1300 PHYS 2010 , PHYS 2020 , PHYS 2110 , PHYS 2120 . PHYS or CHEM are recommended. Students who intend to transfer to UTC should take PHYS 2010 , PHYS 2020  sequence. UTM requires CHEM 1010 , CHEM 1020  sequence and PHYS 2010 , PHYS 2020  sequence. Students interested in transferring to APSU should take CISP 1010 . Credit for graduation cannot be received for both courses in either of the following pairs: BIOL 1010 , and BIOL 1110 BIOL 1020  and BIOL 1120 .
7SBS
Chosen from AAST 2200 ANTH 1230 ECON 2100 , ECON 2200 GEOG 1000 PHED 1100 POLS 1010 , POLS 1030 PSYC 1030 , PSYC 2100 , PSYC 2120 , PSYC 2130 SOCI 1010 , SOCI 1040 WGST 2050 . Credit toward graduation cannot be received for both PSYC 2100  and PSYC 2130  to fulfill the social/behavioral sciences general education category.
8GE
Chosen from any unduplicated transferable course. Students planning to transfer must check course equivalency tables and/or catalogs of the intended college or university. 

Additional Degree Requirements

Students earning an AST degree must meet the following additional degree requirements:

  • Attainment of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • ACT composite score of 21 (or SAT score of 1080) or higher or successful completion of approved standardized examination (Praxis Score) for admission to the university’s College of Education
  • Satisfactory ratings on an index of suitability for the teaching profession (disposition forms).
  • Students transferring to a public university in Tennessee may need to meet additional requirements to gain admittance to the university.

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