FAQs

If I want to teach elementary (K-6), what degree program should I pursue?


You should follow the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in General Studies - Teacher Education Specialization, Elementary (K-6) that is intended for students at JTCC who are planning to transfer to a four year college or university in Virginia.



If I want to teach middle or high school English, what degree should I pursue?


You should follow the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Liberal Arts, Secondary Teacher Education Specialization in English because this degree has a foreign language requirement that is required by most four year schools.  Additionally, this degree will prepare you for a major in English at a four year college or university in Virginia.



If I want to teach middle or high school history, what degree should I pursue?


You should follow the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Liberal Arts, Secondary Teacher Education Specilization in history because this degree has a foreign language requirement that is required by most four year schools.  Additionally, this degree will prepare you for a major in history at a four year college or university in Virginia.

 


If I want to teach middle or high school foreign language, what degree should I pursue?


You should follow the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Liberal Arts because this degree has a foreign language requirement that is required by most four year schools.

 


If I want to teach middle or high school math or science, what degree should I pursue?


You should follow the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in General Studies, Secondary Teacher Education Specialization in Mathematics and Science. This degree allows you to take higher level math and/or science courses that are required by your prospective four year school and prepares you for a major in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science. 



If I want to teach special education, what degree should I pursue?


Most four year colleges and universities in Virginia recommend that prospective special education teachers follow the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in General Studies, Teacher Education Specialization, Elementary (K-6).  Check with your prospective four-year college or university to be certain of which degree to pursue.

 


What is the difference between SDV 100 and SDV 101?


Either course will fulfill the student development requirement, but SDV 101 is specifically geared to prospective teachers. In addition to learning about study habits, test taking strategies, stress management, managing your assets, learning styles, note taking, increasing your learning power, and becoming familiar with the My Tyler site, representatives from the four year college teacher education programs in the Richmond/Petersburg area are invited to speak to the class.  



Can I earn college credit for the Teachers for Tomorrow (EDU 293 and EDU 295) courses that I took in high school?  


Yes, JTCC will waive the SDV 100/101 requirement. You may receive additional credit from the four year college to which you transfer.  



Can I take EDU 200 if I’m not pursuing the Teacher Education Specialization?  


Yes, it is recommended that you take EDU 200 as one of your electives after you have completed 24 college credits.  EDU 200 will give you valuable experience in the classroom. You will gain a better idea of what grade/subject you would most enjoy teaching.

 


Can I do the field work portion of EDU 200 at my child’s school?


All field work placements are in Chesterfield County elementary schools. Students are not allowed to do their practicum in a school where their child, brother or sister or other close relative is a student.  They may not do their practicum in a school from which they graduated within the last five (5) years.

 


Will a CPR class count for my HLT/PED credit?


Yes, it will count if the course you took involved a “hands-on” component.  It will not count if it was taken on-line. You will need to show a CPR certification card to the Admissions and Records office in order to receive credit.

 


Can I substitute ECO 120: Survey of Economics for ECO 201: Principles of Macroeconomics?


Yes, JTCC will accept this substitution, but you should check with the four year school’s requirement. Not all four year schools accept ECO 120.

 


Do I need to take a foreign language?


You should check with the four year school regarding this requirement.  Some require a foreign language and some do not. Additionally, the level of proficiency required varies from school to school.

 


Do I have to take the Praxis exam in order to graduate?


No, the Praxis is not required for your JTCC degree, but it is required for acceptance to all teacher education programs in Virginia. It should be taken during your last semester at JTCC prior to transferring to the four year school.  



What math courses should I take if I’m not planning to teach secondary math?


All of the four year colleges in Virginia will accept MTH 163: Precalculus I. Many of the colleges will accept MTH 170: Fundamentals of Contemporary Math and MTH 158 College Algebra.  For example, VCU will accept MTH 170, but ODU and Longwood will not accept it. For the second math requirement, it is recommended that you take MTH 240: Statistics. It is strongly recommended that you check with the college to which you intend to transfer regarding math requirements.



What math courses should I take if I’m planning to become a secondary math teacher?


You should take MTH 173: Calculus I, MTH 174: Calculus II, MTH 277: Vector Calculus and MTH 279: Ordinary Differential Equations.  Consult the degree requirements for the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in General Studies, Secondary Teacher Education Specialization in mathematics and science.

 


What science courses should I take if I am planning to become a K-6 teacher? 


You should take BIO 101 and either CHM 101, PHY 101 or PHY 102. PHY 101 is not a pre-requisite for PHY 102 so either course may be taken. These particular physics classes do not require a strong math background. At the four-year institution you will take your third science course - an earth or space science. If transferring to Mary Baldwin's Richmond campus they will accept all three sciences from John Tyler.