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Liberal Arts, Secondary Teacher Education Specialization in English

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Associate of Arts (A.A.)


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 I 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 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 see a counselor and returning students their advisor for more information.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 ITE 200. See Note 1.
MTH 158 College Algebra or MTH 163 Precalculus I 3 See Note 2.
SDV 101 Orientation to Future Teachers 1 SDV 100
Foreign Language (101) 4 See Note 3.
Physical Education/Health elective 1  
Total Credits 15  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
HIS 121 United States History I 3 HIS 122
MTH 240 Statistics 3 MTH 164, MTH 270, MTH 173
Foreign Language (102) 4 See Note 3.
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 See Note 4.
Total Credits 16  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Laboratory Science Elective 4 See Note 6 and Note 8.
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3  
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization 3 HIS 102, HIS 111, HIS 112. See Note 5.
Foreign Language (201) 3 See Note 3.
ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I 3 ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 251, ENG 252
Total Credits 16  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Laboratory Science Elective 4 See Note 6 and Note 8.
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3 CST 110, CST 115
Foreign Language (202) 3 See Note 3.
Philosophy/Religion Elective 3 See Note 7.
Total Credits 13  
Total Credits For Program 60  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. Students transferring to Virginia State University should take ITE 200. The computer literacy requirement also can be satisfied by CLEP examinations.
  2. Students may elect to take MTH 158 and MTH 240 or MTH 163 and MTH 240 as minimum preparation for transfer.
  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 social/behavioral sciences elective can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, HIS, PSY (except PSY 100), and SOC.
  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. Two different science disciplines are recommended and are even required at some transfer institutions.
  7. Consult with prospective four-year institution regarding a requirement for philosophy and/or religion.
  8. 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, PHY 242.

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) or the Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: 804-706-5086 (Chester) or 804-594-1509 (Midlothian).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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