Education Associate of Science Degree

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The Associate of Science degree in Education at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in a particular subject and then to enter the teaching field or apply for graduate-level studies. PVCC has guaranteed transfer agreements with top colleges and universities that guarantee admission to PVCC graduates who meet specific academic transfer criteria. 

This curriculum is designed for students seeking Pre-K-8 licensure and is alos applicable to Special Education K-12.  

JMU Regional Teacher Education Option

Guaranteed Transfer Option: Students who wish to attend James Madison University for teacher licensure programs may participate in a special agreement that results in guaranteed transfer if students maintain a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and complete the PDF icon JMU-Regional Teacher Education Degree RequirementsContact PVCC's Admissions & Advising Center for more information.

JMU also offers additional RTEA Agreements for Art Pre-K-12, Foreign Language Pre-K-12, Health and Physical Education Pre-K-12, Biology/Chemistry/Earth Science/Physics 6-12, English 6-12, Mathematics 6-12, and Social Studies 6-12.  

If you are interested in one of these tracks, make an appoitment with an academic advisor to discuss the best degree option for you.  A full listing of licensure options and thier requirements are available at 

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Program Requirements

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Required Courses: 

SDV 101 First Year Success
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
ENG 112 College Composition II  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 121 United States History I  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 122 United States History II  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 111 History of World Civilization I  - 3 Credit Hours or HIS 112 History of World Civilization II  - 3 Credit Hours
Math Elective
English Literature
PLS 135, 211, or 212
Health/PE Elective
BIO 102 General Biology II  - 4 Credit Hours
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking  - 3 Credit Hours
PSY 235 Child Psychology  - 3 Credit Hours or PSY 230 Developmental Psychology  - 3 Credit Hours
EDU 200 Introduction To Teaching As A Profession  - 3 Credit Hours
ECO 201 Macroeconomics  - 3 Credit Hours or ECO 202 Microeconomics  - 3 Credit Hours
BIO 101 General Biology I  - 4 Credit Hours or BIO 106 Life Science  - 4 Credit Hours
GEO 210 Introduction To Cultural Geography  - 3 Credit Hours
GOL 105 Physical Geology  - 4 Credit Hours or GOL 106 Historical Geology  - 4 Credit Hours
Humanities Elective
Transfer Electives

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Graduation Requirement

Students entering all transfer degree programs are required to take one Writing Intensive Course, which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112, in order to graduate. Approved Writing Intensive Courses are specified with a "WI" section designation.


  • ART/MUS Elective:  Students may select from ART 101, ART 102, MUS 121, or MUS 122 based on their intended transfer college or university.
  • Literature:  Choice one course from the following options:  ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252, 253, 254, or 255.
  • Students should choose an elective based on their intended transfer college or university.
  • Students should choose the lab science based on their intended transfer college or university.

Printable  PDF icon 2019-2020 Education Degree Requirements

PDF icon 2019-2020 Education-VCU Degree Requirements

Printable PDF icon 2019-2020 JMU Regional Teacher Education Agreement


Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

Education Administrator
Instructional Coordinator
Special Education Teacher
Vocational Education Teacher