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General Studies, Teacher Education Specialization - Elementary (K-6)

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Associate of Science (A.S.)


This program is intended to provide the student with a general course of study that parallels the freshman and sophomore years at most colleges and universities and prepares the student for a baccalaureate degree program in K-6. Students who wish to complete this program will be required to pass the PRAXIS I test prior to transferring to the four-year institution. Stundents 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.  Note that special education, physical education, health, art and music education majors must follow a different curriculum as determined by each transfer institution.  Specific elementary teacher education requirements vary at senior instituions, however, and students should consult with senior institutions for additional guidance regarding 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. Students who register in this program need to know which four-year college/university they plan to attend so they can select the most appropriate courses in areas where there are choices.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
HIS 121 United States History 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
Health/Physical Education Elective 1 HLT 116, PED 116
Total Credits 14  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art 3 ART 102, MUS 121, MUS 122
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
HIS 122 United States History II 3 See Note 3.
MTH 240 Statistics 3 MTH 164
PLS 135 American National Politics 3  
Total Credits 15  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CST 100 Introduction to Public Speaking 3  
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 See Note 4.
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3  
HIS 112 History of World Civilization II 3 HIS 102, HIS 111. See Note 3.
PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I 4 See Note 5.
Total Credits 16  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
BIO 101 General Biology I 4 See Note 5.
ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I 3 ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 251, ENG 252
GEO 210 People and the Land: Cultural Geography 3  
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 See Note 7.
Humanities Elective 3 REL 230, REL 237. See Note 6.
Total Credits 16  
Total Credits For Program 61  

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 other information technology courses and CLEP examinations.
  2. Students may elect to take MTH 158 and MTH 240 or MTH 163 and MTH 240 as minimum preparation for transfer. Students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) track should take MTH 163, MTH 164, and MTH 173 to transfer.
  3. It is recommended that the HIS requirement include American history and world history. Students should consult with prospective four-year institutions.
  4. ECO 120 may be used as a standard course option for some colleges and universities. Please consult with your transfer institution.
  5. Two different science disciplines are recommended and are even required at some transfer institutions.
  6. Some transfer institutions require foreign language, some do not. 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 ( for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives.
  7. The social/behavioral science elective can be satisfied with the following prefixes: PSY (except PSY 100), SOC, ECO, GEO, PLS, and HIS.

For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Engineering, Business and Public Services at 804-706-5121 (Chester) or 804-594-1480 (Midlothian). Students interested in pursuing a teaching career should also review the John Tyler Teacher Education site.

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