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Liberal Arts, Secondary Teacher Education Specialization in English AA

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Associate of Arts (AA)

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This program is specifically designed for students who plan to transfer into an English major at most four-year universities and plan to teach English at the secondary level. Following the prescribed coursework in this program will result in graduation with the Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) in Liberal Arts with a Specialization in Secondary Teacher Education in English. Students who complete this program will be required to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills exams for acceptance into teacher education programs at four-year universities. Students should consult with their faculty advisors to ensure that they select courses that best prepare them for the specific requirements of their intended transfer college or university for a major in English. Specific secondary teacher education requirements vary at universities; however, and students should consult with four-year universities for additional guidance regarding electives for 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. 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  
MTH 170 Foundations in Contemporary Mathematics 3 See Placement Test Scores See Note 2
HIS 121 United States History I 3   HIS 122
Foreign Language (101) 4   See Note 3
Laboratory Science Elective 4   See Note 4
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 ENG 111  
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization 3   HIS 102, HIS 111, HIS 112, See Note 5
Foreign Language (102) 4   See Note 3
Laboratory Science Elective 4   See Note 4
Philosophy/Religion Elective 3   See Note 6
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3   See Note 7
MILESTONE: General Education Certificate (See faculty advisor)
ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I 3 ENG 112 ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 251, ENG 252
MTH 157 Elementary Statistics 3 See Placement Test Scores See Note 2
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3 24 credits of transfer courses  
Foreign Language (201) 3   See Note 3
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3   CST 110, CST 115
Health/Physical Education Elective 1    
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3   ITE 200, See Note 8
Foreign Language (202) 3   See Note 3
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 60    


  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. Students may elect to take MTH 170 and MTH 157 or MTH 163 and MTH 157 as minimum preparation for transfer. [Students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related transfer degrees should consider taking MTH 163 and MTH 164 to fulfill their math requirements. STEM students who need to complete developmental math modules 6 – 9 may elect to take MTH 158 instead and use it as a prerequisite for the MTH 163 course
  3. Students must demonstrate competency in a foreign language through the 202 level by completing appropriate courses and/or examinations. Placement in foreign language is by SAT II Subject Test score or departmental recommendation. Students who are not required to take introductory-level courses should substitute other approved transfer electives especially in the disciplines of English and CST. Those students planning to transfer to VCU should take ENG 210 as one of their electives. It is recommended that students review the requirements for an English major at their prospective four-year institution.
  4. The laboratory science requirement can be satisfied by the following courses: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 110, BIO 120, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 111, CHM 112, ENV 121, ENV 122, GOL 105, NAS 125, PHY 101, PHY 102, PHY 150, PHY 201, PHY 202, PHY 241, and PHY 242. Two different science disciplines are recommended and are even required at some transfer institutions.
  5. It is recommended that the HIS requirement include United States History and History of Western or World Civilizations. Students should consult prospective four-year institutions.
  6. Consult with prospective four-year institution regarding a requirement for philosophy and/or religion.
  7. The social/behavioral science elective can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, PLS, HIS, PSY (except PSY 100), and SOC.
  8. Students transferring to Virginia State University should take ITE 200. The computer literacy requirement also can be satisfied by CLEP examinations.
  9. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.

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