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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 Core Academic Skills  exams test prior to transferring to the four-year institution. Students should consult with their advisors to ensure that they select courses that best prepare them for the specific requirements of their intended transfer college or university. 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.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite 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. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.

Printable Advising Sheet

Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
SDV 101 Orientation to Future Teachers 1   SDV 100
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See placement test scores  
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 ENG 111  
ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I 3 ENG 112 ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 251, ENG 252
MTH 170 Foundations in Contemporary Mathematics  3 See placement test scores See Note 3
MTH 157 Elementary Statistics 3 See placement test scores See Note 3
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art 3   ART 102, MUS 121, MUS 122
BIO 101 General Biology I 4   See Note 6
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3    
ECO 201 Principles of Economics I: Macroeconomics 3   See Note 5
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3 24 credits of transfer courses  
GEO 210 People and the Land: Cultural Geography 3    
Health/Physical Education Elective 1   HLT 116, PED 116
HIS 112 History of World Civilization II 3   HIS 102, HIS 111. See Note 4
HIS 121 United States History I 3    
HIS 122 United States History II 3   See Note 4
Humanities Elective 3   REL 230, REL 237. See Note 7
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3   ITE 200. See Note 2
PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I 4   See Note 6
PLS 135 American National Politics 3    
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3   See Note 8
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 61    


  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. 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.
  3. Students pursuing non-STEM majors (i.e. liberal arts, social sciences, communication, etc.) should take MTH 157 and MTH 170. Please note that students must consult with an advisor since math requirements of different majors vary by program and transfer institution.
  4. It is recommended that the HIS requirement include American history and world history. Students should consult with prospective four-year institutions.
  5. ECO 120 may be used as a standard course option for some colleges and universities. Please consult with your transfer institution.
  6. Two different science disciplines are recommended and are even required at some transfer institutions.
  7. The Humanities Elective requirement may be satisfied by completing an approved conceptual or applied humanities course. See web site ( for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives. Students should check with their transfer institutions about foreign language requirements.
  8. The social/behavioral sciences elective requirements can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: PSY (except PSY 100), SOC, ECO, GEO, PLS and HIS.
  9. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.
  10. Courses noted as Fall only or Spring only are based on historical trends and current planning and may change without notice.

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