2.2 Degree Policy

East Central College offers a variety of degree programs approved by the Board of Trustees, the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the Higher Learning Commission and specific accreditors.

The Associate of Arts (AA) Degree is the institutional transfer degree. The degree is comprised of the Department of Higher Education’s statewide general education requirement and electives in the academic discipline of choice.

The Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) Degree is the institutional transfer degree for students studying in a fine arts program in studio art or music. A specifically articulated degree with selected Missouri public universities, the Associate of Fine Arts Degree is comprised of a general education core and the necessary coursework to prepare students for a course of study in studio art or music. The degree allows students to elect appropriate specialized coursework related to the particular fine arts baccalaureate program.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) is the career technical and workforce preparation degree consisting of a combination of general education and program-based coursework. Many of the career fields offering the AAS degrees also offer options in certificates.

The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) Degree is the institutional transfer degree for students preparing to study in teacher education programs. The degree is comprised of the Department of Higher Education’s statewide general education requirements and electives in education and other disciplines related to teacher education. The degree is specifically articulated with Missouri public baccalaureate institutions offering teacher education programs and meets all the accreditation requirements of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Associate of Science (AS) Degree is the institutional pre-engineering degree. A specifically articulated degree with selected Missouri public universities, the Associate of Science Degree is comprised of a general education core and the necessary coursework to prepare students for a course of study in engineering. The degree allows students to elect appropriate specialized coursework for various areas of engineering.

Degree requirements may be updated, altered and revised through appropriate College procedures. Students must satisfy the set of degree requirements in effect at the time of enrollment at East Central College or the degree requirements current at the time of completion.

 

2.2.1 Graduation Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree (Revised 10-19-2015)

A. Candidates for an Associate of Arts degree must meet the following degree requirements:

1. Completion of a minimum of 60 college semester credit hours (a combination of the general education requirements and elective coursework), excluding developmental coursework, in an approved program of study.

2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on all college credit earned.

3. Satisfaction of the College residency requirement (a minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed at East Central College).

 

2.2.2 Graduation Requirements for the Associate of Science Degree (Revised 10-19-2015)

A. Candidates for an Associate of Science degree must meet the following degree requirements:

1. Completion of an approved program of study, consisting of a minimum of 60 college semester credit hours (a combination of the general education requirements and elective coursework), excluding developmental coursework and career technical coursework.

2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on all college credit earned.

3. Satisfaction of the College residency requirement (a minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed at East Central College).

 

2.2.3 Graduation Requirements for the Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree (Revised 10-19-2015)

A. Candidates for an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree must meet the following degree requirements:

1. Completion of an approved program of study, consisting of a minimum of 60 college semester credit hours (a combination of the general education requirements, program requirements and elective coursework), excluding developmental coursework.

2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on all college credit earned.

3. Satisfaction of the College residency requirement (a minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed at East Central College).

 

2.2.4 Graduation Requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree (Revised 10-19-2015)

A. Candidates for an Associate of Applied Science degree must meet the following degree requirements:

1. Completion of an approved program of study, consisting of a minimum of 60 college semester credit hours (a combination of the general education requirements and program requirement coursework), excluding developmental coursework.

2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on all college credit earned.

3. Satisfaction of the College residency requirement (a minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed at East Central College).

 

2.2.5 Graduation Requirements for the Associate of Fine Arts Degree (Revised 10-19-2015)

A. Candidates for an Associate of Fine Arts Degree must meet the following degree requirements:

1. Completion of an approved program of study, consisting of a minimum of 60 college semester credit hours (a combination of the general education requirements and elective coursework), excluding developmental coursework.

2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 on all college credit earned.

3. Satisfaction of the College residency requirements (a minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed at East Central College).

 

2.2.6 Second or Subsequent Degree or Certificates

Any student seeking an AAS, AS, AAT, AFA or a certificate as a second or subsequent degree or certificate must complete all requirements for the desired degree or certificate. A student may not receive more than one Associate of Arts Degree.

 

2.2.7 Regulatory Agency Approved Programs or Accredited Programs

Degree programs with external regulatory approval or accreditation will follow the rules of the regulatory body or accreditor regarding transfer in of credit, residency in the program or other action related to the program of study. Such rules will be made available to the students in program documents, admissions packets, fact sheets or the college catalog.

(Adopted 12-2-1991; Revised 4-2-2007; Revised February 2, 2015)