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Liberal Arts, Secondary Teacher Education Specialization in History 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 a History major at most four-year universities and plan to teach history at the secondary level. Following the prescribed coursework in this program will result in graduation with the Associate in Art Degree (A.A.) in Liberal Arts with a Secondary Teacher Education Specialization in History. 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 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 history. 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
Foreign Language (101) 4   See Note 3
HIS 121 United States History I 3    
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 ENG 111  
MTH 157 Elementary Statistics 3 See Placement Test Scores See Note 2
Health/Physical Education Elective 1    
Foreign Language (102) 4   See Note 3
HIS 122 United States History II 3   HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 111, HIS 112, See Note 4
Literature Elective 3 ENG 112 See Note 5
Foreign Language (201) 3   See Note 3
GEO 210 People and the Land: Cultural Geography 3    
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3   ITE 200, See Note 6
Laboratory Science Elective 4   See Note 7
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3   PLS 135, ECO 120, ECO 202, See Note 8
Foreign Language (202) 3   See Note 3
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3 24 credits of transfer courses  
Laboratory Science Elective 4   See Note 7
Visual & Performing Arts Elective 3   See Note 9
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 60    


  1. 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 electives, particularly in the social/behavioral science areas of HIS, ECO, PLS, GEO, SOC and PSY. Some senior institutions require a philosophy or religion course. Students planning to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University may need to take ENG 210.
  4. It is recommended that the history requirement include American History and History of Western Civilizations or History of World Civilizations.
  5. The literature elective requirement can be satisfied by any 200-level English literature course, exclusive of composition and creative writing courses.
  6. Students transferring to Virginia State University should take ITE 200. The computer literacy requirement also can be satisfied by CLEP examinations.
  7. 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 even required at some transfer institutions.
  8. ECO 120 may be used as a standard course option for some colleges and universities. Please consult with your transfer institution.
  9. The visual and performing arts elective can be satisfied by any ART or MUS course or any CST acting or theatre course to include CST 130, CST 131, CST 132, CST 136, CST 195, CST 231 and CST 232.
  10. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.

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