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  • Saturday, October 10, 2015
    Blinn introduces associate of science degree in education
    Blinn College next fall will begin offering an associate of science (AS) in education degree.
    Blinn officials said that will make it easier for students to transfer credits toward a bachelor’s degree in education at many of the state’s top universities.

    It will allow some students to transfer more education credits toward a bachelor degree in education.
    For education majors planning to transfer to Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University, the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas Tech University, Texas State University, Stephen F. Austin State University or the University of Houston, the AS degree will allow those students to transfer more credits toward their bachelor degree and gain classroom experience during their first academic year.
    “The core classes in the associate of science are designed for greater transferability,” said Amy Jones, education professor and Child Development Program coordinator.“It gives them an opportunity to take more education courses at Blinn, which is a real boost because we have exceptional education and child development courses.”
    Blinn also offers an associate of arts in teaching (AAT), and both 60-credit hour degree plans are accepted by universities.
    However, the new AS in education allows students to take EDUC 1301: Introduction to Teaching and EDUC 2301: Introduction to Special Populations, as well as two additional Teaching in Early Childhood Education (TECA) courses that will transfer toward their bachelor’s degree.
    These include:
    • TECA 1311: Educating Young Children.
    • TECA 1303: Families, School & Community.
    • TECA 1318: Wellness of the Young Child.
    • TECA 1354: Child Growth & Development.
    The AS degree plan includes opportunities for field experience beginning in the first year. During these field experiences, students begin in an observation role and increasingly support the teacher as they develop their skills.
    “The exciting part of those teaching-specific courses is that students get to actually go out into the classrooms and gain hands-on experience,” said Pat Westergaard, dean of Humanities. “That helps them very quickly realize whether it really is the right program for them and allows them to build that rich relationship with the public schools.”
    Both the AAT and the AS are available on all Blinn campuses. Jones recommended that students speak to an academic advisor or her to choose the best degree plan for their specific transfer goals.
    “Whether or not they choose an associate of science or an AAT will depend on which four-year institution they plan to transfer to,” she said. “They just have to look at the university they are transferring to and see which is a better fit.”