CIP Code: 24.0101
Length: 4 Semesters
The Associate of Arts and Sciences Transfer Degree, Teacher Education Specialization Program is designed for students who are interested in teacher education, specifically in grades Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8 to test the academic field in which they will be working. They will also have the courses required by numerous four-year institutions in Virginia for entrance into colleges of education. Students pursuing this specialization would attain requisite coursework for university programs, and, in part, for teacher licensure in Virginia for elementary and middle school levels.
In order to be assured that courses transfer to meet lower division requirements at the specific institution the student plans to transfer to and the major anticipated, students should consult an academic advisor before scheduling their courses. Students are also encouraged to investigate guaranteed admission agreements (GAA), available for many colleges and universities in Virginia, contact their selected college’s admissions office, and consult their selected college’s transfer guide if one is available. Counselors and academic advisors can assist with locating these resources.
In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into this program requires proficiency in English and mathematics. Students whose placement by VPT or other measures indicates a need for further preparation will be placed in the appropriate developmental courses in English and mathematics. Although developmental course credits do not apply toward the degree, these courses prepare students for collegiate level work. Students required to take two or more developmental courses will need additional semesters to complete the degree.
This curriculum should provide sufficient flexibility to meet lower division requirements for majors in education or related fields at many colleges and universities, and should allow students to succeed in transferring to obtain a baccalaureate degree. It is extremely important for students to work closely with their academic advisors to assure a successful transfer.