Degrees, Certificates, and Advising Guides
Northeast Lakeview College confers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees. For any degree awarded, a student must earn at least 25% of the college-level credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college within the Alamo Colleges District granting the award. The degree must be awarded by the college that offers the program. Please see the Degree/Certificate Requirements of the Graduation section for additional requirements.
Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching Degrees
The Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), and Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degrees are specifically designed for transfer as the equivalent of the first half of the Baccalaureate Degree requirements of most public colleges and universities. Northeast Lakeview College offers a broad range of educational opportunities for the student whose goal is to transfer to a four-year institution. Although each four-year school is different, students ensure the transferability of their courses by being active and responsible in the advisement process. By consulting the four-year institution regularly and taking advantage of the resources available, students will be reassured that the transfer process is a positive experience.
Students pursuing an AA or AS are encouraged to work closely with their advisor in the selection of their courses. Choosing a transfer institution before earning 30 hours of credit will do much to ensure that the courses taken at Northeast Lakeview College will also apply to a baccalaureate program. There are articulation agreements for specific programs of study in place at the colleges that ensure transferability of undergraduate courses. Students may also choose to work with advisors to earn 60-hours required at a selected institution toward a specific degree and earn an AA or AS transfer degree. For students pursuing an AA or AS, it is strongly recommended that a specific transfer institution is chosen and courses are selected with that institution in mind, even if the baccalaureate program is not an immediate goal.
The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) is for individuals who have a desire to enter the field of education as a teacher, school administrator, counselor, or other professional in education. Students are advised to continue toward their Baccalaureate of Arts Degree in Education at a four-year degree granting institution. The AAT degree is THECB-approved and is fully transferrable to all Texas public universities that offer applicable Baccalaureate Degrees leading to initial Texas teacher certification. Students should consult with an advisor and with the university to which they plan to transfer for additional information regarding specific content area concentrations.
Texas law authorizes the curricula in Field of Study areas that will transfer and count toward specific majors at all Texas public institutions when requirements are successfully completed. In all cases, to ensure ease of transfer, students are strongly encouraged to check with the university they plan to attend.
Core Curriculum for AA/AS/AAT Degrees
The core curriculum required for the transfer degrees represents a common experience in academic foundations and provides a basis for transferability within the Alamo Colleges District and among regionally accredited public Texas colleges and universities. Texas law mandates that the completed core at one institution will transfer and take the place of the core at the receiving institution. Therefore, it is advantageous for students to complete the core at Northeast Lakeview College since the core will transfer as a block of credit. A student may not be required to take additional core curriculum courses. In addition, the core is a substantial portion of the requirements for an associate degree, and with only 18 additional semester credit hours (approximately six courses), students will have completed an associate degree.
Students who transfer from Northeast Lakeview College to another college or university without completing core curriculum receive academic credit for the receiving institution’s core curriculum for each of the courses they have successfully completed in the Northeast Lakeview College foundational component areas. Once they have received credit for these courses, students may be required to satisfy the remaining core curriculum course requirements of the receiving institution.
The Texas Core Curriculum, implemented in Fall 2014, includes nine Foundational Component Areas: Communication; Mathematics; Life and Physical Sciences; Language, Philosophy and Culture; Creative Arts; American History; Government/Political Science; Social and Behavioral Sciences; and the Component Area Option. Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. Northeast Lakeview College has identified a set of courses within each component area, and each course is assigned a foundational component area number that is used by all Texas public institutions of higher education to assist in determining that the core has been met.
Northeast Lakeview College includes in the core curriculum courses the core objectives as outlined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board:
- Critical Thinking Skills - creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
- Communication Skills - effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
- Empirical and Quantitative Skills - manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
- Teamwork - ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
- Social Responsibility - intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
- Personal Responsibility - ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
Additionally, the Alamo Colleges District has identified Leadership as a core objective.
The core curriculum specifics are provided in the catalog for the student’s use in selecting the courses that align with any receiving institution’s requirements. Students should note their transfer university’s freshman and sophomore requirements, as core curriculum courses required in specific majors/pre-majors may satisfy both core curriculum and major requirements at the University.
AA and AS Transfer Degrees
The Alamo Colleges District intent is to ensure each student’s courses count toward the baccalaureate degree sought at the selected transfer university. Students should work with an advisor and discipline lead to identify the specific courses required at the 4-year institution. Articulation agreements, Transfer Agreements, and 2+2 Agreements may be in place that specify the courses required for the first two years of a baccalaureate major. Sixty hours of college-level coursework are required for an associate degree. If students complete the entire first two (2) years of any such program with a minimum of 60 applicable degree hours, they will have satisfied the requirements for an associate degree. These hours of credit must include fifteen (15) hours in core curriculum areas as required by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), including at least one (1) course each in the following required areas of the Texas Core Curriculum: humanities/fine arts; social/behavioral sciences; and natural science/mathematics. The hours must also include the courses required by the Texas Higher Education Act as set forth in Subchapter F, section 51.301 and 51.302 (six  semester hours in U.S./Texas government and six  semester hours in U.S./Texas history). Students should work closely with an advisor to obtain information about existing agreements and specific transfer plan information.