2022 - 2023 Catalog
Teacher Preparation Program
Dallas College offers multiple pathways for students aspiring to become early childhood and/or K-12 educators.
The Bachelor of Applied Science Early Childhood Education and Teaching (BAS ECE) degree program is focused on preparing students to teach young children from birth to third grade. The BAS ECE recognizes the critical development that occurs for children in those early years a period that lays the foundation needed for lifelong learning. Therefore, the BAS ECE is intentionally focused on developing early childhood educators for Dallas County. BAS ECE graduates will be prepared to provide early learners with intentional experiences and responsive relationships while helping close the achievement gap for lower-income children.
Students who complete this degree will also be prepared to seek careers as lead classroom teachers, teacher aides or program specialists in early childhood education private school settings, afterschool programs and early childhood centers such as Early Head Start, Head Start, non-profit preschools, and private infant/toddler programs. Upon approval from Teacher Education Agency (TEA), the program will also offer students a pathway towards Texas teacher certificate through the Dallas College Educator Preparation Program (EPP).
The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree is 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 Science 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.
The Alternative Teacher Certification program is designed for people who have earned baccalaureate degrees and are seeking a career change to teaching. This continuing education program meets state requirements with the goal of preparing people for the State Board Educator Texas Certification Exam. Mountain View campus offers this program especially designed to prepare qualified teachers for Texas classrooms.