Arts and Sciences (AA&S) Degree

Code: 624

General Information

The Education program represents the first two years of a challenging and intensive quest for a four-year college or university degree in Education. This curriculum provides general education in a program leading to a career in at the kindergarten, elementary, middle school, secondary, and/or post-secondary levels.

After completing the first two years at DSLCC, the student will be able to transfer into the third year of a four-year college or university education discipline to prepare the student to teach in varied educational settings. The program takes four semesters or two years of full time study to complete.

Students in this program may wish to pursue licensure in one of the following fields when they transfer to a four-year college or university:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education

Advantages for students who complete the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree and transfer to a four (4)-year state college or university are:

  • Eligible for the many Guaranteed Admissions Agreements that the Virginia Community College System has with a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities
  • Given priority over those students who have not completed their AA&S Degree
  • Considered to have met the lower-division general-education requirements of the state four (4)-year college or university to which they may transfer
  • Considered to have attained junior standing at the state four (4) year college or university to which they may transfer
  • To the extent possible, given the same opportunities in areas such as course selection, registration, access to campus housing and financial aid as those students who attended their freshman and sophomore years
  • Eligible for a State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Transfer Grant which would substantially reduce their financial burden when they transfer

In addition to the Guaranteed Admission Agreements that the Virginia Community College System has with certain schools, DSLCC has Guaranteed Admissions Agreements with several other schools.


Without the AA&S Degree, students may not be eligible for these advantages.

Program Requirements

Education Degree Program Information Sheet


Classes are held on the main campus in Clifton Forge and a variety of other locations, including the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center (RRC) in Buena Vista. Facilities include classrooms, program-specific lab spaces, computer labs, offices and spaces used for student activities, student support services and a wide variety of resources to support student learning.

Formats for the delivery of many general classes include traditional lecture, compressed video, web-enhanced instruction, and independent study. For the successful completion of most courses, students are expected to attend classes, participate in labs and/or complete assignments that require additional study outside of scheduled class times. Some courses are available on an independent-study basis.

Some courses are offered every semester while others are only scheduled in the fall or spring semester or one of the college’s summer sessions. It is important to discuss academic and career plans with an academic advisor who can assist in the development of a pathway that meets each student’s needs and addresses the scheduling of courses by the college. This will assist the student in achieving their goal of completing all requirements for graduation.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

No special tools or equipment are required for this program. Some instructors use technology to minimize the use of paper. If a student wishes to produce hard copies of documents (possible hand-outs or extra notes not provided by the instructor, then he/she will need to include the cost of purchasing paper and printing copies as part of his/her budget.

Most students purchase items routinely used for class, such as pens, pencils notebooks, calculators, etc. which may be purchased through the DSLCC Bookstore or another location.

Students are not required to purchase a computer, but most instructors will assign work for students to complete that requires the use of a personal desktop or laptop computer with internet access. It is very likely that some assignments will be made requiring students to work outside of regularly scheduled class times. Students may use computer labs on the main campus and at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center during regular business hours; however, due to some deadlines and personal schedules, students should expect situations in which they must complete work and/or submit assignments on their own time outside of college hours and should plan accordingly.


For additional information on some of the numerous four-year colleges and universities that are available to you, please visit their Admission Office:

Bluefield College

Bridgewater College

Christopher Newport University

College of William and Mary

Eastern Kentucky University

ECPI College of Technology

Emory and Henry College

Ferrum College

Hollins University

James Madison University

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Liberty University

Longwood University

Lynchburg College

Mary Baldwin College

Mountain State University

Norfolk State University

Old Dominion University

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Radford University

Randolph College

Regent University

Regis University

Roanoke College

Shenandoah University

Strayer University

Sweet Briar College

Troy University

University of Mary Washington

University of Phoenix

University of Virginia

University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia State University*

Virginia Tech

Virginia Union University

Virginia Wesleyan College

West Virginia University


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