CIP Code - 130101
The mission of the Associate of Science in Teaching Program is to train and mentor pre-service teachers in Louisiana. The program is designed to allow pre-service teachers into the classroom so that they get real-life, hands-on experiences and mentorship by practicing professional teachers. Such experience affords prospective teachers a clear view of the teaching process, work conditions, and personal fulfillment related to teaching prior to graduation and employment. This hands-on approach is intended to address the goal of increasing job satisfaction and retention rates, while increasing the number of qualified teachers in Louisiana.
The AST Program introduces candidates to the field of teaching by focusing on professional responsibilities of educators and the development of elementary school children. The primary topics addressed are: Professional issues for Education Careers, Child Development, Technology for Teaching and Learning, Diverse Ways of Knowing and Learning, and Professional Issues of Diversity in Education. The program includes a combination of lecture, group learning, maintaining an electronic portfolio, reflection and site-based experiences within schools. The program requires a total of 40 hours of field experience. Students are strongly encouraged to complete Praxis I (ACT score of 20 or higher is exempt). Students may also take the Praxis II exam. The Praxis exams are not an LDCC graduation requirement. It is recommended that students check Praxis testing requirements and transferability at the four-year institution where they plan to finish their bachelor’s degree in education. Courses in the AST program are designed to transfer into an applicable bachelor’s degree programs based upon the four-year institution’s guidelines.
Graduates of the Louisiana Delta Community College Teaching program will be able to:
- Identify the characteristics of education reform in Louisiana and the United States.
- Identify dispositions important to teaching as a career.
- Identify the major theories of human development and learning, and apply these theories in planned and incidental classroom interactions with students.
- Demonstrate the ability to use technology appropriately in the teaching environment.
- Identify issues of diversity among students as they apply to students with exceptionalities in the classroom experiences, case studies and personal experience, applying information in the classroom setting.