The Teacher Education department, located in the Center for Child and Family Studies at Eastfield College, provides practical application of current theory and knowledge in the field of education. Courses offered are based on specific competencies that have been identified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Education Agency, employers and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Students learn through hands-on activities and observation in the college classroom, the Eastfield lab school, and public, charter or private schools.
Eastfield College offers several opportunities for students who choose to be teachers the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree, 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 Sciences 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.
There are a variety of AAT degrees targeted to teaching pre-k through sixth grade, fourth through eighth grade and senior high that students can earn at Eastfield College. Our faculty advisors work closely with students using the transfer guide for the university where they plan to complete their studies, so that every course will count toward their bachelor’s degree.