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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 may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit for all course placement options. 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.

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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 Requirements  
MTH 170 Foundations in Contemporary Mathematics or MTH 157 Elementary Statistics 3 See Placement Requirements MTH 163
See Note 2
HIS 121 United States History I or HIS 122 United States History II 3   See Note 3
Foreign Language (101) 4   See Note 4
Laboratory Science Elective 4   See Note 5
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 ENG 111  
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization I or HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II 3   HIS 111, HIS 112
See Note 3
Foreign Language (102) 4   See Note 4
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology or PSY 235 Child Psychology 3    
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I or ART 102 history and Appreciation of Art II 3   MUS 121
Laboratory Science Elective 4   See Note 5
MILESTONE: General Education Certificate (See faculty advisor)
GEO 210 People and the Land: Cultural Geography 3    
Foreign Language (201) 3   See Note 4
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics or PLS 135 American National Politics 3   ECO 120, ECO 202
See Note 6
Literature Elective 3 ENG 112 See Note 7
Health/Physical Education Elective 1    
Transfer Elective 3   See Note 8
Foreign Language (202) 3   See Note 4
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3 24 credits of transfer courses  
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 60    


  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. Students must consult with an advisor since math requirements of different majors vary by program and transfer institution.
  3. It is recommended that the history requirement include American History and History of Western Civilizations or History of World Civilizations. Students should consult prospective four-year institutions.
  4. 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. See Note 8.
  5. 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.
  6. ECO 120 may be used as a standard course option for some colleges and universities. Please consult with your transfer institution.
  7. The literature elective requirement can be satisfied by any 200-level English literature course, exclusive of composition and creative writing courses.
  8. Some senior institutions require a philosophy or religion course, a second math course, a public speaking course, or a computer literacy course. Students planning to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University may need to take ENG 210. Students should review the requirements for a history or social studies major at their prospective four-year institution. See for list of Approved Transfer Electives.
  9. Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.

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