Developmental Education

Developmental Education provides students with an opportunity to build academic skills and acquire the background which should facilitate success in their desired program of study.

For applicants to a program of study who, on the basis of test results and past performance, do not qualify for immediate admission to their chosen program of study, noncredit developmental course work is available and may be required as a prerequisite for registration in specific credit courses. Students taking the required development work may also take specified courses within their desired program of study.

Students may transfer all applicable credit courses into their program of study when the criteria have been met and developmental and selected program courses have been completed. All credit courses within the student’s chosen program of study will then be applied toward graduation. Some developmental courses are also open to students who wish to take them for personal benefit.

This program offers a series of courses for preparation, remediation, and guidance for students who, for a variety of reasons, do not meet the specific entrance requirements for the program of their choice. Students who do meet the minimum entrance requirements but whose previous academic records indicate that they may have difficulty in successfully completing their programs are also advised to complete the necessary course work in the Developmental Education program.

The student’s academic program will be individually designed to meet their specific preparatory and remedial needs. The courses will be selected from the developmental offerings and from technical and/or vocational credit courses.

Developmental education courses do not earn credit towards graduation from degree, diploma, and certificate programs.


Statewide Developmental Education Curricula Redesign

A state-wide, multi-year study by the NC Community College System has resulted in the redesign of the developmental education curricula in all North Carolina community colleges.  The new curricula are being implemented across the state beginning fall 2013, with full implementation of all redesign initiatives by fall 2014.

Developmental Math

Three semester-long developmental math courses (MAT 060, 070 and 080) were replaced in fall 2013 with eight 4-week modules teaching specific mathematical objectives.  Because each module is taught in a 4-week session, students who place into all eight modules can complete their developmental math requirements in two semesters.  The developmental math modules have the new pre-fix DMA (Developmental Math).  The new modules include:

  • DMA 010: Operations with Integers
  • DMA 020: Fractions and Decimals
  • DMA 030: Proportions, Ratios, Rates & Percent
  • DMA 040: Expressions, Linear Equations, Linear Inequalities
  • DMA 050: Graphs and Equations of Lines
  • DMA 060: Polynomials and Quadratic Applications
  • DMA 070: Rational Expressions & Equations
  • DMA 080: Radical Expressions and Equations

Developmental English and Reading

The current semester-long developmental English and reading courses (ENG 070, 080, and 090; RED 070, 080, and 090) will be replaced with three 8-week courses of integrated English and reading using the prefix DRE (Developmental Reading & English).  Students who place into developmental English or reading can complete their requirements in one and a half semesters or less.  During the fall 2013 and spring 2014 transition period, these courses will be: ENG 075, ENG 085, and ENG 095.  Beginning fall 2014 with the full implementation, the courses will be:

  • DRE 096: Integrated Reading and Writing I
  • DRE 097: Integrated Reading and Writing II
  • DRE 098: Integrated Reading and Writing III