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Liberal Arts, Secondary Teacher Education Specialization in History

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Associate of Arts (A.A.)


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 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 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 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  
HIS 121 United States History I 3  
Physical Education/Health elective 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.
Total Credits 15  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3 ITE 200. See Note 1.
HIS 122 United States History II 3 HIS 101, HIS 102. See Note 4.
MTH 240 Statistics 3 MTH 164
Foreign Language (102) 4 See Note 3.
Total Credits 16  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Laboratory Science Elective 4 See Note 7 and Note 9.
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 PLS 135, ECO 120, ECO 202. See Note 5.
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3  
Foreign Language (201) 3 See Note 3.
Literature Elective 3 See Note 6.
Total Credits 16  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Laboratory Science Elective 4 See Note 7 and Note 9.
Foreign Language (202) 3 See Note 3.
GEO 210 People and the Land: Cultural Geography 3  
Visual & Performing Arts Elective 3 See Note 8.
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 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. ECO 120 may be used as a standard course option for some colleges and universities. Please consult with your transfer institution.
  6. The literature elective requirement can be satisfied by any 200-level English literature course, exclusive of composition and creative writing courses.
  7. Two different science disciplines are recommended and even required at some transfer institutions.
  8. 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 23l and CST 232.
  9. 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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