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General Education

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Get a year of college under your belt at TCC

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Are you planning to attend college but don’t feel like you’re ready? Start your post-high school education with Tidewater Community College’s Certificate in General Education.

You will work with an academic counselor to tailor a program that will help you meet your transfer and educational goals. This is a flexible program that offers you the opportunity to combine courses that fulfill  first-year requirements at a four-year college or university.

The 33-credit certificate can be completed in as little as a year. You will take classes in all of the major disciplines, including science, social sciences, arts and humanities, communications and mathematics. You may take classes on any TCC campus, and day, evening and online options are available.

Plus, all of the credits you earn apply to TCC's Associate of Science in General Studies,  which generally fulfills the first two years of general education requirements at four-year schools.

IMPORTANT: The Certificate in General Education is less comprehensive than the Associate of Science in General Studies and TCC’s other transfer programs and may not provide the same ease of transferability.

This program is not currently eligible for federal financial aid. Learn more about how to pay for TCC.

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Math instructor Peter Agbakpe says he came to TCC in hopes of steering students toward careers in math and science

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"I tell my students that you may not like rocks and minerals now, but give me two weeks," says Azam Tabrizi, geology instructor

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Biology professor Lynette Hauser uses a variety of resources to ensure students understand sometimes overwhelming material

What does this program cost?

You can complete this certificate for less than half the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university. 

TCC's Certificate in General Education consists of 2 semesters of full-time study on any TCC campus.

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
33 credits x $181.10 per credit = $5,976.30 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

This program is not currently eligible for federal financial aid. Learn more about how to pay for TCC.