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General Studies, Secondary Teacher Education Specialization in Mathematics and Science

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Associate of Science (A.S.)

Purpose

This program is specifically designed for students who plan to transfer into a science or math major at most four-year colleges and plan to teach in mathematics and science at the secondary level. Following the prescribed coursework in this program will result in graduation with the Associate in Science Degree (A.S.) in General Studies with a Specialization in Secondary Teacher Education in Science or Math. Students who complete this program will be required to pass the PRAXIS I for acceptance into teacher education programs at senior institutions. 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 majors in biology, chemistry, physics, or math. Specific secondary teacher education requirements vary at senior institutions, however, and students should consult with senior institutions for additional guidance regarding electives for pre-teacher preparation.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placements 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 see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHM 111 College Chemistry I 4  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
History Elective 3 See Note 1.
MTH 173 Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 5 See Note 2.
SDV 101 Orientation to Teaching 1 SDV 100
Total Credits 16  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHM 112 College Chemistry II 4  
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
History Elective 3 See Note 1.
MTH 240 Statistics 3 MTH 174. See Note 2.
Physical Education/Health Elective 1  
Total Credits 14  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3  
Lab Science or Mathematics Elective 4 See Note 3.
Literature Elective 3 See Note 4.
PHY 201 General College Physics I 4 BIO 101, BIO 110, PHY 241. See Note 5.
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 See Note 6.
Total Credits 17  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Transfer Elective 3 See Transfer Electives Document.
Humanities Elective 3 See Note 8.
Lab Science or Mathematics Elective 4 See Note 3.
PHY 202 General College Physics II 4 BIO 102, BIO 120, PHY 242. See Note 5.
Total Credits 14  
Total Credits For Program 61  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. It is recommended that the history elective include American history and world history. Students should consult with prospective four-year institutions.
  2. Students may be required to take MTH 164 or MTH 166 as prerequisites for MTH 173. MTH 173 and MTH 240 are recommended for biology majors. MTH 173 and MTH 174 are recommended for math, chemistry, and physics majors.
  3. Acceptable MTH electives include MTH 277 and MTH 270. Acceptable lab science electives include BIO 231, BIO 232, BIO 256, BIO 279, GOL 105, NAS 125 and NAS 130.
  4. The literature requirement can be satisfied by any 200-level English literature course, exclusive of composition and creative writing courses.
  5. Math and physics majors should take PHY 241 and PHY 242 rather than PHY 201 and PHY 202.
  6. 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.
  7. It is recommended that students consult their prospective four-year transfer institution when selecting electives.
  8. Degree requirements include a conceptual humanities course (i.e., literature, philosophy, religion) that offers breadth of knowledge, therefore the elective requirement may be satisfied by completing an approved conceptual or applied humanities course. See website (www.jtcc.edu/humanitieselectives) for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives.

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Engineering, Business, and Public Services: 804-706-5121 (Chester Campus) or 804-594-1480 (Midlothian Campus).

Additional Resources
The Central Virginia Undergraduate Mathematics Scholarship Program (CVUMSP) identifies, trains and offers financial assistance to students who are interested in becoming middle school and high school math teachers and who plan to complete their bachelor’s degree at Virginia State University. The program also offers summer internships.

2014-2015 College Catalog & Student Handbook

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