Social Sciences/Teacher Education Specialization Associates Degree Program

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


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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 or special education.  (Please be aware that in some counties grades 5 & 6 are considered middle school.)

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 “C” 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 an 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 CSC 110 Introduction to Computing 3
1MTH 152 Math for the Liberal Arts 3
Total 16
3rd Semester
4___ General Elective 3
CST 110 Intro to Communication 3
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 3
3ENG 200 Level Literature Elective 3
Total 15
4th Semester
5___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
5___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
GEO 210 People & the Land: Intro to Cultural Geography 3
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I or HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II 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 Teacher Education Specialization Faculty 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 faculty advisor according to requirements of transfer institutions.

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

***Please be aware that there are NO course substitutions allowed within this program.  ALL coursework is specific and MUST be completed to earn this degree.