Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation

The Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation (AATP) is a specialized transfer degree for students interested in pursuing teacher licensure for elementary, middle, high school, or special education. The AATP degree is designed for students who desire to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Education in a non-STEM field. Students seeking to earn the AATP may wish to become K-12 teachers specializing in social studies, art, music, English/language arts, special education, or other courses within the arts, humanities, or social sciences disciplines.

Students earning the AATP at Rowan-Cabarrus will complete 45 hours of general education coursework in, humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, English, mathematics and natural science. In addition, students will complete four education courses that have been developed to help students obtain an understanding of the K-12 classroom experience, as well as preparation for the Praxis teacher certification exam.

Professional opportunities for students on this pathway include:

  • Elementary education (grades K-6)
  • Middle school education in non-STEM subject areas (grades 6-8)
  • Secondary education in non-STEM subject areas (grades 9-12)
Program Chair

Isha Goode

Portrait of Isha Goode


North Campus

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of kindergarten and elementary school teachers is projected to grow 7% from 2020-2030.

Middle school teachers have an average salary of $51,450 in the state of North Carolina as of May 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.