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College Catalog 2014-2015

Teacher Education Specialization
Associate of Science Degree
Offered through AL, AN, ELI, LO, MA, WO

Purpose:  This curriculum prepares students to transfer to a 4-year college or university teacher preparation program. It is specifically designed for students who plan to seek endorsement and licensure as teachers in PK-3, PK-6, middle school, or special education.

Transfer Information:  Several senior institutions in Virginia helped develop this curriculum and have agreed to accept all courses required by it. Some of these universities will guarantee admission to graduates of this program who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, earn at least a ā€œCā€ in all English courses, and pass the PRAXIS Core exam. Students are strongly encouraged to take the PRAXIS Core exam shortly after completing their English composition and math requirements. The student, working directly with a NOVA Teacher Education Specialization Advisor/Counselor, must complete a transfer letter of agreement.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
BIO 101 General Biology I 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HIS 121 United States History I 3
HLT 110 Concepts of Personal & Community Health 3
1MTH 151 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Education 1
Total   17
2nd Semester
BIO 102 General Biology II 4
2ENG 112 College Composition II 3
HIS 122 United States History II 3
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts or 3
  CSC  110  Introduction to Computing  
1MTH 152 Math for the Liberal Arts 3
Total   16
3rd Semester
CST 110 Intro to Communication 3
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics or 3
  ECO  202  Principles of Microeconomics  
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3
3ENG 200-Level Literature Elective 3
4___ General Elective 3
Total   15
4th Semester
GEO 210 People & the Land: Intro to Cultural Geography 3
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I or 3
  HIS  102  History of Western Civilization II  
5___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
5___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
PLS 135 American National Politics 3
Total   15
Total credits for the Teacher Education Specialization =63

1 Students should make choices after consulting with the Teacher Education Specialization Academic Advisor/Counselor on the specific requirements at the four-year Virginia institution to which they plan to transfer.

2 ENG 125 may be substituted with the advice of a counselor or academic advisor according to requirements of transfer institutions.

3 The English literature elective may be chosen from ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 250, ENG 251, or ENG 252.

4 The general elective should be selected based upon the requirements of the senior institution to which the student plans to transfer. Courses must be chosen from the list of approved electives under General Education Electives. Examples of courses recommended by some of the universities that helped develop this curriculum include ECO 201 or 202; foreign language, PSY 230, REL 231 or 232.

5 The humanities/fine arts elective may be chosen from ART 101, ART 102, ART 105, MUS 121 or MUS 122.