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Professional Studies

The Associate of Professional Studies (A.P.S.) degree provides a pathway toward an associate degree for students in public service programs of study at SAU Tech. The curriculum provides students with a broad-based educational foundation of general education core requirements, related professional coursework, and a focused area of study. The Professional Studies general degree presents the student with an associate degree which allows some latitude in selection of courses in areas of interest. This degree may also assist persons in the workforce in their efforts toward job progression and career advancement. In addition to the general degree, the A.P.S. has four focus area emphases to choose from in Environmental Management, Law Enforcement, Paraprofessional Educator, and Wildlife & Fisheries.

Environmental Management Emphasis

This course of study is designed to prepare the graduate for employment at the management level position for wastewater, water, or solid waste disposal at municipal facilities and/or environmental management positions at industrial facilities.

Law Enforcement Emphasis

Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy (ALETA) graduates who receive the Technical Certificate in Law Enforcement while in attendance at ALTEA can continue their college education by completing required hours through SAU Tech’s Associate of Professional Studies (A.P.S.) degree. The focus area includes 28 credit hours in law enforcement and 32 hours in General Education (scholarships and internet courses are available). Law enforcement personnel who completed ALETA training between 1990 and 1996 may enroll in a 1-credit hour course called Portfolio Development to receive credit for prior learning for the 28 credit hours and qualify for the scholarship. Students who attended ALETA since 1997 but did not receive the Technical Certificate may present a copy of their ALETA certificate to receive the 28 hours credit through prior learning and qualify for the scholarship.

Paraprofessional Educator Emphasis

The emphasis program in Paraprofessional Education is designed to meet the needs of public school aides who wish to upgrade skill levels or who wish to seek permanent paraprofessional certification. Paraprofessionals serve in a support capacity including facilitating educational instruction and direct or indirect supervision of students under the direction of a classroom teacher. They provide instructional and clerical support for teachers in elementary, middle, and high school settings.

Wildlife & Fisheries Emphasis

Arkansas Game and Fish Enforcement Training graduates who receive the Technical Certificate in Wildlife & Fisheries Emphasis can continue their college education by completing required hours through SAU Tech’s Associate of Professional Studies (A.P.S.) degree. The focus area includes 26 credit hours in wildlife and fisheries enforcement and 34 hours in General Education (scholarships and Internet courses are available).