Education courses help develop an understanding of how people learn and develop throughout life. Cedar Valley College offers the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree, which is designed to transfer to baccalaureate (four-year) programs that lead to initial Texas teacher certification.

A shortage of quality teachers is a real issue in some areas. Because of that, CVC is a proud partner of the Tom Joyner Foundation and its Teacher Quality Initiative, which was created to help address this critical issue.

The program is simple. Qualifying students will receive a TJF scholarship to attend a Texas-based Historically Black College/University (HBCU) at no cost. It is open to students who:


  • Want to pursue a teaching degree in a STEM field or Early Childhood education
  • Are planning to graduate and/or transfer in the coming semester
  • Have completed 60 or more credit hours

The participating HBCUs are: Jarvis Christian College, Houston-Tillotson University, Prairie View A&M University, Paul Quinn College, Wiley College, Texas Southern University, and Texas College. Please note that each institution offers a teaching degree in a specific discipline or area.

Please also note that this opportunity is open to ALL students regardless of race or residency status.

For more details about the program, visit or contact Dr. Cornell Thomas at [email protected]. The contact person at CVC is Dr. Osaro Airen at 972-860-8019 or [email protected].