Program Overview

An Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree from Leeward Community College is an ideal degree for students looking to enter the teaching field. This program prepares students to be qualified Educational Assistants or part-time teachers. This degree also could help student move towards certification to become a full-time teacher. The degree overall provides a solid foundation in the basics of being an educator in any school system. Students are also exposed to the basics of this profession, making this program potentially beneficial to those who are not quite sure if they want to become full-time teachers.

The degree is broken down into different sections: core education courses, education electives, general education requirements, and graduation requirements. The entire degree consists of 62 credits. Some of the mandatory classes include Foundations of Education, Intro to Multicultural Education, and Introduction to the Teaching Profession.

The AAT degree also allows students to enter field experiences in most pre-professional education courses. Students will learn about teaching in local classrooms with experienced teachers.

The program may be completed in a short 18-month period. Students who are accepted into this program will have guaranteed enrollment in the prescribed general education and AAT courses. During the time spent within this program, students will also have access to a dedicated support team of counselors who can provide tips, tutoring, and academic support.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    The University of Hawai’i System first opened as a land grant institution called the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu in 1907. By 1920, the school gained university status, changing its name to the University of Hawai’i. By the 1930s, UH began expanding its physical campus by adding other schools and awarding its first doctorate degree. World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor halted growth for a short period. However, expansion resumed in the 1950s, as the university introduced the Hilo Branch and the Asian Theater program. Throughout the twentieth century, campuses were established on the various islands, and academic programs continued to develop. The main campus in Manoa is the largest and oldest of the college campuses and is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant research facility. 

    More than 600 degree programs are offered through the University of Hawai’i, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and graduate and professional certificates. Distance learning degrees extend from certificate and bachelor’s degrees to online master’s and doctorate programs.


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