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Program Coordinator: Sara Combs, OTC 212, Ext. 2444
Length: Four semesters (two years)
Purpose: The Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree Program with a major in Education is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program in the social sciences or high school education. This curriculum is designed to offer sufficient course flexibility to students whose educational goals may not yet be clearly defined and to provide greater opportunity for these students to elect courses which emphasize areas of individual academic strength and interest in the college transfer core.
Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college entry into the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree Program with a major in Education requires the satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalent as a minimum: 4 units of English, 3 units of college preparatory mathematics, 1 unit of laboratory science, and 1 unit of social science.
Students who do not meet the mathematics requirements may be permitted to correct their deficiencies in developmental studies. Those students who meet the specific requirements for this degree program but are deficient in basic skills and understandings in English and/or mathematics will be required to enroll in appropriate developmental courses.
Program Requirements: The world of modern education demands that students be knowledgeable both in their teaching field and in general education. Thus, this curriculum requires courses in the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, health, and physical education. The Education curriculum is designed to lead the student toward meeting state teacher licensure requirements and teaching endorsements. This curriculum also provides a solid general core education as students prepare for pre-professional degrees.
Students are urged to consult with their counselors and advisors at Virginia Highlands Community College in planning their program and selecting electives. In order to prepare for upper division (junior class) standing at a four-year college or university, the student must complete a program at the community college which is comparable in length and courses to the first two years of the program at the four-year college or university. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program listed, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with a major in Education.
First Semester (Fall)
College Composition I
Orientation to College Success
Concepts of Personal and Community Health
1*Mathematics 146, 151, 158, 163, 241, or 173
3*Social Science Elective
Second Semester (Spring)
College Composition II
Principles of Public Speaking
1*Mathematics 146, 152, 164, 242, or 174
Third Semester (Fall)
Literature 241, 243, or 251
4*Science (BIO, CHM, GOL or PHY)
5*History 121, 111 or 101
ITE 100, 115 or
6*Intro. to Information Systems,
Intro. to Computer Applications & Concepts
or Information Literacy
Fourth Semester (Spring)
Literature 242, 244, or 252
3*Social Science or Humanities Elective
4*Science(BIO, CHM, GOL, or PHY)
5*History 122, 112 or 102
Total Minimum Credits for AA&S Degree................................60
Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which transfer is contemplated. The Education semester-by-semester sequences of course may be modified when necessary and with the approval of the academic advisor.
1. Students are urged to check the mathematics requirements of the four-year college or university to which they plan to transfer to determine the proper mathematics courses to be taken at the community college. Students planning to enter Secondary Education programs should complete rigorous mathematics courses in preparation for Praxis I and should consult with the Counselor concerning licensure requirements.
2. Recommended humanities courses include ART 201, 202; MUS 121, 122; REL 200, 210, 230; CST 130, 151, 152; foreign language; PHI 100; and literature.
3. Recommended social science courses include PSY 200; ECO 201, 202; PLS 135, 211, 212; SOC 200; GEO 210, 220; HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 (not already taken to fulfill history requirement). See footnote 2 for humanities options.
4. The Natural Sciences options to meet the Science requirement are BIO 101-102; BIO 141-141; CHM 101-102 or 111-112; GOL 105-106; PHY 121-122 or 201-202 or 231-232 or 241-242. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the science required in their selected major at the college or university to which transfer is contemplated.
5. Students planning to enter Secondary Education programs at four-year institution must take U.S. History (HIS 121).
6. Keyboarding skills are highly recommended.
Students planning to enter Secondary Education should complete Praxis I before transfer. For more information on licensure requirements, see Counselor - ISC 128 or contact Linda Garnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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