General Studies, Teacher Education Specialization - Elementary (K-6)
Associate of Science (A.S.)
This program is intended to provide the student with a general course of study that parallels the freshman and sophomore years at most colleges and universities and prepares the student for a baccalaureate degree program in K-6. Students who wish to complete this program will be required to pass the PRAXIS I test prior to transferring to the four-year institution. Students holding the A.S. degree will have junior standing and will be considered to have met all lower-division general education requirements at most four-year colleges and universities. Note that special education, physical education, health, art and music education majors must follow a different curriculum as determined by each transfer institution. Specific elementary teacher education requirements vary at senior institutions, however, and students should consult with senior institutions for additional guidance regarding pre-teacher preparation.
Admission Requirements and Special Conditions
A high school diploma (or equivalent) and satisfactory scores on college placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics are required. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental courses to prepare students for the curriculum. Students who register in this program need to know which four-year college/university they plan to attend so they can select the most appropriate courses in areas where there are choices.
|1st Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|ENG 111 College Composition I||3|
|HIS 121 United States History I||3|
|ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts||3||ITE 200. See Note 1.|
|MTH 163 Precalculus I||3||MTH 158. See Note 2.|
|SDV 101 Orientation to Future Teachers||1||SDV 100|
|Health/Physical Education Elective||1||HLT 116, PED 116|
|2nd Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art||3||ART 102, MUS 121, MUS 122|
|ENG 112 College Composition II||3|
|HIS 122 United States History II||3||See Note 3.|
|MTH 240 Statistics||3||MTH 164|
|PLS 135 American National Politics||3|
|3rd Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|CST 100 Introduction to Public Speaking||3|
|ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics||3||See Note 4.|
|EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession||3|
|HIS 112 History of World Civilization II||3||HIS 102, HIS 111|
|PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I||4||See Note 5.|
|4th Semester||Credits||Standard Course Options|
|BIO 101 General Biology I||4|
|ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I||3||ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 251, ENG 252|
|GEO 210 People and the Land: Cultural Geography||3|
|Social/Behavioral Science Elective||3||See Note 6.|
|Humanities Elective||3||REL 230, REL 237. See Note 6.|
|Total Credits For Program||61|
Notes and Additional Curriculum Options
- Students transferring to Virginia State University should take ITE 200. The computer literacy requirement also can be satisfied by other information technology courses and CLEP examinations.
- Students may elect to take MTH 158 and MTH 240 or MTH 163 and MTH 240 as minimum preparation for transfer. Students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) track should take MTH 163, MTH 164, and MTH 173 to transfer.
- It is recommended that the HIS requirement include American history and world history. Students should consult with prospective four-year institutions.
- ECO 120 may be used as a standard course option for some colleges and universities. Please consult with your transfer institution.
- Two different science disciplines are recommended and are even required at some transfer institutions.
- Some transfer institutions require foreign language, some do not. The humanities elective requirement can be satisfied by completing literature (ENG), foreign language, humanities (HUM), philosophy (PHI), art (ART), music (MUS), speech courses addressing performing arts and the history of theater (CST), or religion (REL). ENG 112, CST 100, CST 105, and CST 115 may not be used to satisfy humanities elective requirements.
For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Engineering, Business and Public Services at 804-706-5121 (Chester) or 804-594-1480 (Midlothian). Students interested in pursuing a teaching career should also review the John Tyler Teacher Education site.