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College Catalog 2018-2019

Teacher Education Specialization
Associate of Science Degree
Offered through AL, AN, ELI, LO, MA, WO
CIP Code: 45.0101

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
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HIS 121 United States History I or 3
  HIS  122  United States History II  
1MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning or higher-level Mathematics course 3
2____ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Education 1
Total   17
2nd Semester
3ENG 112 College Composition II 3
HIS 122 United States History II or 3
  4PLS Elective  
1MTH 245 Statistics I or higher-level Mathematics course 3
2____ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts or 3
  CSC  110  Introduction to Computing  
Total   16
3rd Semester
5CST 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
6ENG 200-Level Literature Elective 3
7___ 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  
8___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
8___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
PLS 135 American National Politics or 3
  PLS  136  State and Local Politics or  
  PLS  211  U.S. Government I  
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 Choose from BIO 101, BIO 102, GOL 105, GOL 106, CHM101, CHM 102, PHY 101, PHY 102 or PHY 150.

3ENG 125 is a preferred course if transferring to George Mason University. Students considering transfer should consult an academic advisor to select the appropriate course.

4 Select from PLS 135, PLS 140, PLS 211, or PLS 241.

5 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 126, or CST 229.

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

7 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.

8 The humanities/fine arts elective may be chosen from ART 101, ART 102, ART 105, MUS 121, MUS 122, REL 230, REL 231, REL 232, PHI 101, PHI 102, SPA 201, SPA 202, FRE 201, or FRE 202.