Education-Related Programs at Richland College

Working with children and inspiring them to grow and learn is a rewarding experience. Why not make it a career? A career in education could be just right for you.

Start your career by gaining skills through the Richland Teacher Preparation program or by earning an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree

Teacher Preparation

Richland College offers Teacher Preparation classes (listed under EDUC and TECA in the catalog) to prepare students for a rewarding career in education. Teacher Prep classes are offered both online and on campus, providing a flexible schedule for working students. 

To learn more about the Teacher Preparation program, contact an advisor at Richland College.

Earn an Associate Degree to Go Right to Work

With an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree, you'll be immediately prepared to work as a:

  • Childcare provider

  • Substitute teacher

  • Teacher's assistant

  • Worker in after-shool youth programs

  • Community liaison

Or Transfer your AAT Degree to a Bachelor's Program in Teaching

The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree is a collegiate degree program approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The associate degree is intended for transfer to bachelor's degree programs at a four-year college or university leading to initial Texas teacher certification.

There are specializations in three teacher certifications:

  1. Elementary and middle school (including bilingual and ESL),

  2. High school and all levels of arts and special education certification and

  3. Specialized certification for those who plan to teach early childhood through Grade 6.

Each AAT degree consists of the Core Curriculum selected by the colleges of DCCCD and additional course work required for the specific certification. Texas State law assures that the 42-credit hours of the Core Curriculum transfer to any public college or university in the state.

We also offer completely online courses.

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

Jobs in education-related careers are expected be plentiful in Texas over the next decade (more than 10 percent annually is considered high growth). Job growth for childcare assistants and workers is projected to grow at 21 percent and 24 percent respectively, while most teaching positions (requiring a bachelor's degree and certification) are expected to grow at about 25 percent annually.