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Associate in Arts - Pre-Major
Middle Grades Education

Curriculum Description

The Associate in Arts degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 64 and a maximum of 65 semester hours of college transfer course. (Ref. 23 NCAC 2E 0204) Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and the basic use of computers.

Courses are approved for transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Community college graduates who have earned 64 semester hours of academic credit in approved transfer courses with a grade of C or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will receive at least 64 semester hours of academic credit upon admission to a university. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions. Courses offered through bilateral agreements may not transfer to all receiving institutions.

The following represent one way in which program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Arts

A1011A
NC CIP: 24.0101
Day and Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2013

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
Fall Semester
COM 231 Public Speaking 3 0 0 3
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts ** ** 0 3
___ ___ Mathematics Core ** ** 0 3
___ ___ Natural Science Core 3 * 0 4
ACA 122 College Transfer Success 1 0 0 1
   
    10 0 0 17

Spring Semester
PSY 150 General Psychology 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Composition Core 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Mathematics Core ** ** 0 3
___ ___ Natural Science Core 3 * 0 4
___ ___ Social/Behavioral Science Core 3 0 0 3
   
    12 0 0 16

Fall Semester
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 0 3
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts ** ** 0 3
___ ___ History Core 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Literature Core 3 0 0 3
___ ___ PED Elective-activity course 0 3 0 1
___ ___ Social/Behavioral Science Core 3 0 0 3
   
    11 5 0 16

Spring Semester
PED 110 Fit and Well for Life 1 2 0 2
___ ___ Core or Professional ** ** 0 3
___ ___ Core or Professional ** ** 0 3
___ ___ Core or Professional * * * 4
___ ___ Core or Professional * * * 4
   
    1 2 0 16

Total Credit Hours: 65

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

This template has been developed by university and community college faculty as a blueprint for guiding community colleges in developing programs for students who intend to major in Middle Grades Education. Students who successfully complete this course of study and who meet the requirements for admission to the university may be eligible to apply for admission to the major with junior standing.

See Associate in Arts A10100 and your academic advisor for all Core and Professional choices.

Required:

ART 111 or MUS 110; BIO 110 or BIO 111; CHM 131/131A, CHM 151, PHY 110/110A, or PHY 151; CIS 110; COM 231; ENG 131, ENG 231, ENG 232, or ENG 233; HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, or HIS 122; PSY 150; SOC 210 or SOC 225; PED 110; PED activity course; any two of MAT 140, MAT 141/141A, MAT 161 or higher

See your academic advisor for an Individualized Learning Plan for this pre-major.

At certain UNC institutions, EDU 216 may fulfill major requirements; at a majority of institutions, the course will transfer only as a free elective.

Students should check with the university for the local transfer policy regarding EDU 216.

Recommended:

For electives, pre-education students in Middle Grades Education should select courses that will help meet the mandated academic (second-major) concentration. These courses should be selected in conjunction with the requirements at each university, since available academic (second-major) concentrations and their specific requirements differ on each campus. In order to be consistent with NC licensure areas, Middle Grades Education students should select courses from up to two (2) of the following areas: Social Sciences, English, Mathematics, Sciences. (Note: UNC-Asheville students major in an academic area and the selected 20 hours should be coordinated with their intended major/ program.) Typically offered academic concentrations are biology, English, history, mathematics, and psychology. See your academic advisor for a more complete list of recommendations for specific academic concentrations.

Admission to the Major at a Public Senior Institution
Grade-point-average requirements vary, and admission is competitive across the several programs In Special Education. Minimum statewide requirements are the following:

  1. Minimum 2.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale
  2. Satisfactory passing scores as established by the State Board of Education on PRAXIS I PPST-Reading, PPST-Writing, PPST-Math, or other SBE-approved options.

Receiving institutions may have additional requirements, prerequisites, and/or proficiencies. Since these vary at receiving institutions, students should review the admission-to-teachereducation requirements for the Institution(s) they anticipate attending.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.