EducationAssociate of Arts in Teaching

Perhaps more than any other profession, the world needs more teachers. Unlike most career paths, teaching is a calling – one that takes a unique personality willing to listen to, learn from and shape the students they will have in their classroom. There are few careers as personally fulfilling or as important to the future as one in Education. Within the field of Education, there are many different paths to pursue.

Midland College offers an exciting opportunity to start your career in teaching by pursuing an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree. It is a fully accredited program.

The AAT curricula are designed to lead to teacher certification in elementary and middle school (including bilingual and ESL), high school, all levels of arts and special education certification, and
specialized certification for those who plan to teach early childhood through Grade 6. The Education division office will help to align needed courses with your transfer university.

The AAT curricula are designed to lead to teacher certification in three areas:

  • Elementary and middle school (including bilingual and ESL)
  • High school and all levels of arts and special education certification, and
  • Specialized certification for those who plan to teach early childhood through Grade 6


MC to offer bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education

Midland College (MC) officials are pleased to announce that beginning August 2022, the college will offer a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Interested students should enroll in prerequisite courses and courses that lead to the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree this spring. Once a student has completed those courses, he/she can then move into the bachelor’s program.

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Kids playing with blue slime Two children sitting on a bench reading books Child playing on the playground at the MC Childcare Center


Program Details

Marketable Skills

Pursuing a degree in this field of study will provide marketable skills in these areas:

  • Speaking – Talking to others
  • Instructing – Teaching people how to do something
  • Learning Strategies – Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • Social Perceptiveness – Understanding people's reactions
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers
  • Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things
  • Coordination – Changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • Time Management – Managing your time and the time of other people

Career Opportunities

There are a number of exciting and in-demand jobs for students to begin working as soon as they complete an ATT degree, or even start while they are still in school.

  • Teacher Assistant: These professionals work in classrooms with licensed teachers helping to supervise students, provide one-on-one instruction, prepare learning materials, and complete other assigned duties.
  • Preschool Teacher: Depending on the state and the responsibilities of the teacher, it may be possible to work with very young students after earning an associate degree in education. Often, these teachers work in childcare centers rather than traditional schools.
  • Substitute Teacher: Substituting in classrooms gives you hands-on experience as well as guides you into what area you would like to teach.
  • Private School Teacher
  • Home School Teacher
  • Child Care Worker: These workers range from daycare providers to babysitters to live-in nannies. There may be no or only minimal education requirements to work in one of these positions but having any degree in education gives candidates an advantage over other applicants.
  • Tutor: People often become tutors because they have expertise in a subject rather than experience with teaching. Tutors who have both or have a demonstrated ability to impart information are the most in-demand.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the job outlook for individuals with an ATT degree will grow in the following areas:

  • Teacher Assistant – Jobs will grow 8% by 2026 and add 109,500 new teacher assistants to the 2016 total of 1,308,100.
  • Preschool Teacher – By 2026, there will be 10% more preschool teachers than the 2016, totaling 478,500. This projects 50,100 new teachers needed to meet the demand.
  • Childcare Worker – This is a huge field according to the BLS, with 1,216,600 workers in 2016. By 2026, that figure will grow by 8% and add 84,300 new workers.
  • Christa McAuliffe, Teacher, Challenger Astronaut (Bowie State University)
  • Gene Simmons, Singer/Songwriter, Record and Television Producer (Sullivan County Community College, Richmond College)
  • Krista Allen, Actress (Austin Community College, University of Texas-Austin)
  • Kurt Angle, Professional Wrestler, Actor (Clarion University)
  • Lowell Thomas, Writer, Broadcaster (Valparaiso University)
  • Robert Gallery, Professional Football Player (University of Iowa)
  • Judy Blume, Author (New York University)
  • Dennis Hastert, Former U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lobbyist, Teacher (Northern Illinois University)

Midland College has articulation agreements with a variety of schools and programs to assist our students with transferring to a university. Our curriculum maps, located in the catalog, provide a guided path for general transfer to our top five receiving institutions; however, the Education Office can assist you with a personalized plan for your specific transfer based on university and program. It is strongly recommended and encouraged that you contact the Education Office for assistance with course selection if you plan to transfer.

When thinking about what grade level and content area you would like to teach, the options are endless, such as Math, History, Science, Government, Music, and so much more. A meeting with the Education Office will help you to choose the right courses for your field of study and pathway.

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

FAFSA Requirement

The student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid to access the Financial Aid Portal and apply for scholarships.

If the student's FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student needs to complete the FAFSA application, and once processed, will have access to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

How to Apply

  1. Go to our Financial Aid Portal, by clicking this link: Financial Aid Portal
  2. Log in using your SSN and Password. If this is your first time, click the "First Time User" link under the Submit button in the "Log In" box.
  3. Click the menu button at the top left-hand corner.
  4. Select the Scholarship Application.

For additional scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

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Student Success

Fabby Torres

Fabby Torres

“God made me the youngest in my family so that I
could see the directions my siblings were taking
and decide for myself which way to go,” Fabby
Torres said. “The question I asked myself was – do
I want to go to college and try to make a difference?”

Midland native Fabby Torres is the youngest of
five children and the first in her family to graduate
from college. 

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Mayra Garcia at MC Graduation


Mayra Garcia 

In 2016, as a student in Midland College’s Associate
of Arts in Teaching program, Mayra Garcia was
assigned to a 2nd grade class at Crockett
Elementary School for her field observation course. 

“It was an eye-opening experience,” Garcia recalled.
“The majority of students at Crockett were classified
as economically disadvantaged.  Some of them lived
with grandmothers because both parents were in jail,
or they lived with a single mom who was struggling
to make ends meet and put food on the table.  The
children came to school in such a good mood,
wanting to learn, despite the fact that many of them
were hungry. That’s when I knew that my job is to
open doors for them, and teaching is my calling.”

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Maricela Guzman



Maricela Guzman

Maricela Guzman found herself in the situation
every college student fears: she entered Midland
College (MC) as a business administration major;
however, after taking only a few business classes,
she started receiving mediocre grades and
realized she was bored.

“Business was just not for me,” Guzman said.

Guzman received the Legacy Scholarship, which
covers tuition and fees up to $1,050 for fall and
spring terms renewable for a total of two years.
All Legacy scholars complete 40 hours of
community service each year for the award.
Guzman completed her volunteer hours at a
Midland school and thought she might like
teaching. Turns out, her second choice major
was the charm.

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Lauren Elrod


Lauren Elrod

When Lauren Elrod was little, she was always the
teacher as she played pretend with her sister and

“I told my sister and cousin, ‘You can be a princess
student, or a superstar student, but I am the
teacher,’” recounted Elrod. “They would ask, ‘Can
I be the teacher one time?’ And I would say firmly,
‘No, I am the teacher.’”

Lauren is making that childhood dream a reality.
She graduated from Midland College in 2017 with
an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree.  She is
now in her senior year at Texas Tech; she will
graduate in Spring 2019 with a bachelor’s degree
in PreK-6 Education with a Math and Science

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PLEASE NOTE: Completion of Midland College degrees and/or certificates does not guarantee eligibility to take a certification/registry/licensure examination. The eligibility of each person is determined on an individual basis by the regulatory body of the specific discipline. If you have a conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, physical or mental disability/illness, hospitalization/treatment for chemical dependency within the past five years, current intemperate use of drugs or alcohol or a previous denial of a licensure or action by a licensing authority, you will need to contact the specific regulatory body for an individual ruling. Some programs require a criminal background check and urine and drug screen.




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