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The following is a description of current program requirements. Students who enrolled previously should consult the catalog for the year in which they began the program, and/or their advisor.
Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree
Four semesters (two-year) program
With the rapid development and emphasis on education and the human services professions in Virginia, the demand is growing for qualified specialists to help provide leadership and service for the schools and other human services locations. The associate of arts and sciences degree program in education provide freshman and sophomore level course work designed to transfer to a university toward the completion of a bachelor’s or master’s degree leading to teacher licensure in the state of Virginia.
Students should begin preparing for transfer as early as possible. Steps in this process include: making a career decision, identifying colleges which offer the intended program of study, examining available transfer guides and college catalogs, talking with transfer representatives, identifying program prerequisites, researching the academic competitiveness of the institutions and program under consideration, attending open house events offered by the colleges and exploring financial aid and housing opportunities.
To help facilitate the transfer process, each state-supported college and most private colleges in Virginia produce a Virginia Community College Transfer Guide. These transfer guides provide specific information about the transferability of courses and/or programs to their respective institutions. Transfer guides can be obtained directly from the college of interest or can be referenced in the Office of Student Success on both the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses. Students may also download many Virginia transfer guides.
The transfer guidelines for education are very specific and vary between universities and vary between licensure endorsement areas. It is important to research the institution to which you want to transfer and to consider what subject(s) or grade level(s) you want to teach. You must meet Lord Fairfax Community College’s requirements AND the requirements of your transfer institution for a smooth transfer. Where there is a discrepancy, LFCC allows for some course substitutions to allow you to meet the requirements of your transfer institution. It is highly recommended that you see your faculty advisor before registering for classes. Use the following links for a more information when selecting coursework at LFCC:
- VCCS Pre-Teacher Education Articulation Agreements and specific course requirements
- Regional Teacher Education Agreement with JMU
- LFCC and JMU’s course alignments
LFCC offers many services and programs to assist the transfer student. Students are encouraged to seek the assistance of their faculty advisor or counselor to gain additional information to plan a successful transfer experience. Further information about teacher licensure requirements is available at the Department of Education website.