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Education Department

Inspiring Minds, Empowering Dreams, Educating the Future

If you are considering a career in teaching, we salute you. Few jobs are more rewarding, giving you the ability to impact the next generation, one child at a time.

Motlow’s Education Department has an outstanding reputation. We offer flexible schedules, affordable learning and caring faculty and staff. We are dedicated to you.

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Degree Types

Associate of Science in Teaching Degree (A.S.T.)

Up for a rewarding challenge? Study Education and you will learn how to make a lasting, positive influence on children's lives. Begin at Motlow and continue to earn your BS at one of our partner universities. Motlow has a 2+2 agreement with Tennessee Tech University at Moore County Campus.

The Associate of Science in Teaching degree at Motlow enables students to complete the necessary requirements to enter the Teacher Education Program at the university. Upon completion of the  A.S.T. and acceptance by the university and the university's College of Education, A.S.T. students transfer directly into the Teacher Education program as a junior ready to enroll in education classes. The  A.S.T. degree provides a seamless transfer into the university setting at most of the Tennessee public universities.

University Parallel

Concentration Areas

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Associate of Science Degree (A.S.)

University Parallel

The associate of science degree prepares students for transfer to a four-year university. Motlow has articulation agreements with Tennessee State University, Athens State and Lipscomb. Family and Consumer Science is a Tennessee Transfer Pathway.

Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) enable you to complete your two-year degree at Motlow and then transfer to any Tennessee public university, and several Tennessee private universities, as a junior to complete your four-year bachelor’s degree.

Concentration Areas

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Early Childhood Education Certificates

Certificates are designed to prepare you for occupational employment. Requirements vary by area of study.

At Motlow, you can receive a certificate to assist you when working with young children.

Certificates can be used as part of the national Child Development Association (CDA) process and as building blocks to obtain the next higher-level certificate, A.S., or A.S.T. degree.


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Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Codes

  • Early Childhood Education, C1.: 12.19.0706.00
  • University Parallel, A.A.: 16.24.0101.01
  • University Parallel, A.S.: 16.24.0101.01

Earn an Associate Degree AND Your Bachelor's Degree at Motlow State

This program is a partnership that allows you to earn two degrees at a single location. Complete your A.S.T. with Motlow. In a 2+2 program, the university brings the junior and senior years of study to a Motlow location. The A.S.T. K-5 degree is part of the 2+2 program with T.T.U.

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How to Know if Teaching is For You

If you have a strong desire to help young people and are disciplined then you are already a great candidate.

Do you do these well?

  • Desire to Make a Difference
  • Creative Thinker
  • Value Learning
  • Perform Under Pressure
  • Communicate
  • Make Good Judgments
  • Problem Solve
  • Empathize
  • Fact Check
  • Independent
  • Organization
  • Patience
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