Early Childhood and Elementary Education – for transfer

Associate Degree

Overview

Students transferring to a four-year institution to become a certified teacher for grades Pre-K through 6th grade can begin their studies at MTC.

Students can begin their teaching degrees through MTC’s Associate in Arts degree. College advisors will work with students connect them with the right coursework to transfer to a four-year college to complete the State Department of Education’s requirements for teacher certification.

Students must complete the Associate in Arts degree and pass with the appropriate scores on either the Praxis® Core or SAT® exams before entering professional programs at four-year institutions.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
EDU-230 Schools in Communities

Schools in Communities

ID: EDU-230

Credit Hours: 4

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the social, political, and historical aspects of diverse educational institutions in American culture with an emphasis on families, schools, and communities. [NOTE: This course is designed for transfer from OCTC and MTC to USC-Columbia's College of Education - Department of Instruction and Teacher Education. The course description is copied directly from the USC Catalog of Approved Courses.]

4
GEO-102 World Geography

World Geography

ID: GEO-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a geographic analysis of the regions of the world, i.e., North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Diversity of each region is emphasized by examining its physical environment, natural resources, social, cultural, economic and political systems.

3
SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I

Elementary Spanish I

ID: SPA-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including an introduction to the Hispanic cultures.

4
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

1
Semester 2
(17 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
EDU-241 Learners and Diversity

Learners and Diversity

ID: EDU-241

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of lifespan development and learning with an emphasis on individual & group diversity. The students are required to participate in a field experience. This course transfers to USC College of Education. This course includes a practicum requirement of 30 hours service/observation in public schools as designated by the instructor.

4
SPA-102 Elementary Spanish II

Elementary Spanish II

ID: SPA-102

Credit Hours: 4

This course continues development of the basic language skills and the study of the Hispanic cultures. It stresses the grammar and vocabulary necessary for fundamental communication skills.

4
PSC-201 American Government

American Government

ID: PSC-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of national governmental institutions with emphasis on the constitution, the functions of executive, legislative and judicial branches, civil liberties and the role of the electorate. The impact of current events on the national government and institutions is emphasized.

3
Semester 3
(16 Credit Hours)
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
MAT-250 Elementary Mathematics

Elementary Mathematics

ID: MAT-250

Credit Hours: 3

Course provides students with an understanding of the meaning of numbers, fundamentals operations of arithmetic, structure of the real number system & its subsystems, & elementary numbers theory. (Note: Course designed for transfer from OCTC & MTC to USC College of Edu - Dept of Instr & Teacher Edu.)

3
EDU-201 Classroom Inquiry With Technology

Classroom Inquiry With Technology

ID: EDU-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course explores teaching as a data driven, reflective practice. The students will use research tools to understand teaching and learning within a classroom context and reflect on the relationship among and between technology, theory, student learning, and instructional practices. This course includes a practicum requirement of 30 hours service/observation in public schools as designated by the instructor.

3
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
BIO-101 Biological Science I

Biological Science I

ID: BIO-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology.

4
Semester 4
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-207 Literature for Children

Literature for Children

ID: ENG-207

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to children's literature in America through an examination of picture books & novels that depict Americans of various backgrounds and experiences. It focuses on defining quality in children's book writing & illustration, and assessing concerns in the field.

3
MAT-251 Elementary Mathematics II

Elementary Mathematics II

ID: MAT-251

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with an understanding of informal geometry and basic concepts of algebra. (Note: This course is designed for transfer from OCTC and MTC to USC-Columbia's College of Education - Dept in Instruction and Teacher Education.)

3
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
HIS-106 Introduction to Africian History

Introduction to Africian History

ID: HIS-106

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an examination of several traditional sub-saharan african societies and their political and economic transformation in the modern, colonial, and post-independence periods.

3
ART-101 Art History and Appreciation

Art History and Appreciation

ID: ART-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts.

3
  Total Credit Hours 63
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,214.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(10 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
EDU-201 Classroom Inquiry With Technology

Classroom Inquiry With Technology

ID: EDU-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course explores teaching as a data driven, reflective practice. The students will use research tools to understand teaching and learning within a classroom context and reflect on the relationship among and between technology, theory, student learning, and instructional practices. This course includes a practicum requirement of 30 hours service/observation in public schools as designated by the instructor.

3
GEO-102 World Geography

World Geography

ID: GEO-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a geographic analysis of the regions of the world, i.e., North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Diversity of each region is emphasized by examining its physical environment, natural resources, social, cultural, economic and political systems.

3
COL-101 College Orientation

College Orientation

ID: COL-101

Credit Hours: 1

This course may include selected topics such as career planning, study skills, stress management, tutoring, group guidance, and other subjects to facilitate student success.

1
Semester 2
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
MAT-110 College Algebra

College Algebra

ID: MAT-110

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; inequalities; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; determinants; simple linear programming; solutions of higher degree polynomials; combinatorial algebra, including the binomial theorem; and introduction to probability.

3
Semester 3
(10 Credit Hours)
BIO-101 Biological Science I

Biological Science I

ID: BIO-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology.

4
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
PSC-201 American Government

American Government

ID: PSC-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of national governmental institutions with emphasis on the constitution, the functions of executive, legislative and judicial branches, civil liberties and the role of the electorate. The impact of current events on the national government and institutions is emphasized.

3
Semester 4
(8 Credit Hours)
SPA-101 Elementary Spanish I

Elementary Spanish I

ID: SPA-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including an introduction to the Hispanic cultures.

4
EDU-230 Schools in Communities

Schools in Communities

ID: EDU-230

Credit Hours: 4

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the social, political, and historical aspects of diverse educational institutions in American culture with an emphasis on families, schools, and communities. [NOTE: This course is designed for transfer from OCTC and MTC to USC-Columbia's College of Education - Department of Instruction and Teacher Education. The course description is copied directly from the USC Catalog of Approved Courses.]

4
Semester 5
(8 Credit Hours)
SPA-102 Elementary Spanish II

Elementary Spanish II

ID: SPA-102

Credit Hours: 4

This course continues development of the basic language skills and the study of the Hispanic cultures. It stresses the grammar and vocabulary necessary for fundamental communication skills.

4
EDU-241 Learners and Diversity

Learners and Diversity

ID: EDU-241

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of lifespan development and learning with an emphasis on individual & group diversity. The students are required to participate in a field experience. This course transfers to USC College of Education. This course includes a practicum requirement of 30 hours service/observation in public schools as designated by the instructor.

4
Semester 6
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-207 Literature for Children

Literature for Children

ID: ENG-207

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to children's literature in America through an examination of picture books & novels that depict Americans of various backgrounds and experiences. It focuses on defining quality in children's book writing & illustration, and assessing concerns in the field.

3
ART-101 Art History and Appreciation

Art History and Appreciation

ID: ART-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts.

3
Semester 7
(6 Credit Hours)
MAT-250 Elementary Mathematics

Elementary Mathematics

ID: MAT-250

Credit Hours: 3

Course provides students with an understanding of the meaning of numbers, fundamentals operations of arithmetic, structure of the real number system & its subsystems, & elementary numbers theory. (Note: Course designed for transfer from OCTC & MTC to USC College of Edu - Dept of Instr & Teacher Edu.)

3
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
Semester 8
(9 Credit Hours)
MAT-251 Elementary Mathematics II

Elementary Mathematics II

ID: MAT-251

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with an understanding of informal geometry and basic concepts of algebra. (Note: This course is designed for transfer from OCTC and MTC to USC-Columbia's College of Education - Dept in Instruction and Teacher Education.)

3
HIS-106 Introduction to Africian History

Introduction to Africian History

ID: HIS-106

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an examination of several traditional sub-saharan african societies and their political and economic transformation in the modern, colonial, and post-independence periods.

3
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
  Total Credit Hours 63
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,214.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Teacher (Pre-K through 6th grade)

After earning the teacher certification, teach children at the early childhood or elementary.

Projected Job Growth

+4.6

Average Annual Salary

$51,851
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • County School Districts

What’s next after I complete this program?

Transfer to a four-year school and earn Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education.

After completing the AA transfer in Early Childhood Education at Midlands Technical College, the student can transfer to a four-year school and complete a bachelor’s degree to earn Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education (Pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade).  Students must pass the Praxis® Core prior to being admitted to a Teacher Certification program. Classes are offered during daytime or evening depending on the college or university program. Student teaching and other field experiences must be completed during typical school hours.

Transfer to a four-year school and earn Teacher Certification in Elementary Education.

After completing the AA transfer in Elementary Education at Midlands Technical College, the student can transfer to a four-year school and complete a bachelor’s degree to earn Teacher Certification in Elementary Education (2nd through 6th grade). Students must pass the Praxis® Core prior to being admitted to a Teacher Certification program. Classes are offered during daytime or evening depending on the college or university program. Student teaching and other field experiences must be completed during typical school hours.