Education (624)

Award: Associate of Arts and Science

Major: Education

Length: Variable (Designed for both part-time and full-time students)

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Justin Oliver

Purpose: This program of study is recommended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to receive a bachelor’s degree and meet the state teacher certification requirements for Early Childhood (PK-3), Elementary (PK-6), Middle School (6-8), or selected areas of Special Education.


Program Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the VCCS general education outcomes and core competencies, students will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast current issues and trends in the K-12 education field.
  • Effectively use the English language, writing and speaking with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.
  • Think critically, independently, and creatively so that they can make informed and logical judgments of the arguments of others, arrive at reasoned and meaningful arguments and positions, and formulate and apply ideas to new contexts.
  • Comprehend and use quantitative concepts and methods to interpret and critically evaluate data and effectively problem-solve in a variety of contexts demanding quantitative literacy.
  • Demonstrate competence in computer literacy, including fundamental concepts of computing and fluency in the use of contemporary computing and information technology.

The program conforms to the recommendations of the VCCS Teacher Education Task Force and adopted by the State Board for Community Colleges in February 2003. Four-year institutions that are likely to accept this completed program for transfer include George Mason, James Madison, Longwood, Norfolk State, Old Dominion, Radford, Virginia Commonwealth, William and Mary, Mary Baldwin, and Virginia Union.

Program Notes: A grade of “C” or better in ENG 111 and 112 is required for graduation. In the program requirements, “Transfer Elective” means any course for which a student can receive credit at the school to which he/she intends to transfer. “Literature Elective” means one of these courses: ENG 150, 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, or 252.

All students need to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department of the college or university to which transfer is contemplated. Where electives are available, students along with their advisor should check for the correct course to transfer to the particular four-year school.

Students should be aware that the four-year schools have requirements in addition to the completion of the two-year degree to gain admission into their Teacher Education programs.

Many schools require some or all of the following:

  • At least a “C” in all courses
  • At least a 2.5 Cumulative GPA (some require 2.75)
  • Passing scores on the Praxis I exam
  • Foreign language proficiency

Course Schedule

Sample Schedule

Fall Term
ENG 111 College Composition I1 3
HIS 121 US History I 3
MTH 163 Pre-Calculus I
or MTH 151 Mathematics for Liberal Arts I 3
ITE 115 Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
or EDU 280 Technology Standards for Teachers
HLT xxx Health/Wellness Elective 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total 15

Spring Term
ENG 112 College Composition II1 3
HIS 122 US History II 3
MTH 240 Statistics
or MTH 152 Mathematics for Liberal Arts II 3
PLS 130 Basics of American Politics
or PLS 135 American National Politics 3
ART xxx Art or MUS xxx Music Elective 3
Total 15

Fall Term
BIO 101 Biology I 4
EDU 200 Intro to Teaching 3
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
or ECO 202 Microeconomics 3
HIS 101 Western Civilization I
or HIS 102 Western Civilization II 3
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
Total 16

Spring Term
BIO 102 Biology II
or GOL 110 Earth Science 4
ENG xxx Literature elective 3
GEO 210 People and the Land; Intro to Cultural Geography 3
PHI 115 Practical Reasoning2 3
Transfer Elective 3
Total 16

Minimum Credits Required 62

1 A grade of “C” or better in ENG 111 and 112 is required for graduation.
2 PHI 115 is a core competency capstone course and should be taken in the student’s last spring semester before graduation.