When I finally chose to major in elementary education, I had no idea where to begin. I started researching to find out what I had to do to become a teacher. I surfed many different sites on the internet for hours at a time. I was talking to everyone I knew, trying to gather as much information as possible. The first step was to review my transcript and evaluate what courses I had completed and determine which courses were left to complete. Using the “Southern Union State Community College Handbook,” I was able to locate the requirements of obtaining an associate’s degree in general education. According to the guide, I have only seven courses remaining and of the seven, four are math related. Calculating the courses into a finish date was a little easier after receiving that information. I plan to take five courses in the spring, two courses in the summer and hopefully, I will be done with my associate’s degree at the end of the summer semester of 2012. However, that is far from the end of this journey. In my research, I discovered “a bachelor’s degree and an approved teaching certification exam are the ultimate requirements of becoming a teacher.”
My English teacher recommended students meet with the school’s financial advisor if information was needed for certain programs of study. The financial advisor for Southern Union
Valley campus is Mrs. Robin Brown. I met with Mrs. Brown and she confirmed my calculation of receiving an associate’s degree by the summer term of 2012. She also introduced me to the “STARS (Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System) guide.” “The AGSC (Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee) approves this guide to be used to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a particular field, also known as a STARS guide.” These guidelines are what help financial advisors instruct students on what courses are required. This guide list all courses required to transfer to a four year institution....