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Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation

A specialized college transfer program preparing you to complete a bachelor’s degree in education.

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Make A Difference.
Be A Teacher.

The Associate in Science Teacher Preparation (ASTP) degree gets you started to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in education. The ASTP is a degree that is appropriate for students who are interested in becoming K-12 teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

At WPCC, you will enjoy smaller classes and one-on-one interaction with your instructors, and our affordable tuition, combined with scholarships and financial aid, will help you save money while reaching your goals.

The ASTP works through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) for University of North Carolina System schools and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) for North Carolina independent colleges and universities to enable transfer with junior status for graduates with the degree. Graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer with a junior status. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.

Program Costs, Graduation & Job Placement

Estimated Total Cost
for A.S. in Teacher Preparation Degree

Each Semester (15 Credit Hours):
Tuition/Fees – $1298.20
Estimated Books/Materials – $750

TOTAL FOR 2022-2023: $4,096.40

Graduation Rates


Job Placement

N/A (college transfer program)

Additional Requirements for Licensure,
Certification or Approval


What You Will Study

The ASTP degree at WPCC consists of the following components:


Total Credit Hours: 60-61

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Like more information about WPCC’s college transfer programs? Please complete our Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation questionnaire below and we’ll be in touch!