Transitional Studies courses provide an excellent starting point for students who score at or above minimum entrance scores on the college’s placement test but below program entrance requirements. If college placement test scores indicate students need help in English, reading or math, our instructors help students refresh and upgrade skills that provide the foundation for success in their chosen majors.
Transitional Studies courses may transfer to other South Carolina technical colleges but do not transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
The mission of the Transitional Studies Department is to prepare students for success in college-level classes through strengthening writing, reading, mathematical and critical thinking skills.
Type of Program
Day, night, weekend, blended, and online
Requirements for Completion
Students move into college-level courses and programs by completing Transitional Studies course work with a grade of “C” or better.
Test for Success Workshops
The Test for Success program is designed to prepare students for the College’s placement test and helps them navigate Transitional Studies course choices if they do not meet their program entrance requirements based on test scores. Students are encouraged to take Test for Success workshops in math, reading and English to brush up on skills before retaking the placement test.
The Accelerate Math program is offered to students who have placed into Transitional Studies Math (MAT 100 Introductory College Math (Non-Degree Credit) and MAT 105 Introduction to College Algebra). The program is a flexible, affordable and low-stress way for students to practice their skills and build their confidence in preparation for math courses. In many cases, Accelerate Math participants are able to advance to a higher level of math than their initial placement--saving time and money.
For a $35 fee, students receive six weeks of access to web-based, self-paced math software. The software is designed to help students identify math strengths and weaknesses and develop an improvement plan. To help students navigate the software and math concepts, math faculty are available in the computer lab located in the Math Center on the third floor of the University Transfer Building (Bldg. 104) on the Barton Campus.
Accelerated Course Formats
To help students progress through courses as quickly as possible while also providing a solid foundation, the Transitional Studies department schedules a variety of accelerated course options each semester. Students should consult their advisors to identify the best opportunities for acceleration. Acceleration course formats include:
By completing one five-credit course, students could potentially satisfy requirements for one or both Transitional Studies math courses. Students begin the course by taking a diagnostic test and working with their instructors to create a course learning plan. The emporium option is recommended for motivated self-learners who are computer literate, strong readers and close to the cut-off score for placing into a higher-level course.
Accelerated Course Formats
Fast Track English and reading courses
The Fast Track course option offers lecture-style classes compressed into seven weeks.
English+ (English Plus) accelerated learning courses
English+ courses are opportunities for students who score at the high end of ENG 100 Introduction to Composition (Non-Degree Credit) placement to earn credit for both ENG 101 English Composition I* and RWR 100 Integrated Transitional Reading and English (Non-Degree Credit) in the same semester.
- Qualified students register for two three-credit courses--a traditional ENG 101 English Composition I* with a supplementary RWR 100 Integrated Transitional Reading and English (Non-Degree Credit) course that includes fewer students and more individualized instruction.
- The RWR 100 Integrated Transitional Reading and English (Non-Degree Credit) course meets immediately after the ENG 101 English Composition I* course, and the same instructor teaches both courses.
- A typical RWR 100 Integrated Transitional Reading and English (Non-Degree Credit) class meeting will include discussion and review of the material presented in ENG 101 English Composition I*; intensive work on grammar, editing, developing ideas, organization and documentation; and strategies to improve critical reading skills.
Students who are successful in RWR 100 Integrated Transitional Reading and English (Non-Degree Credit) but do not pass ENG 101 English Composition I* will earn credit for RWR 100 Integrated Transitional Reading and English (Non-Degree Credit) only, but they will have the opportunity to re-take ENG 101 English Composition I* as a stand-alone course the next semester.
Students who do not pass RWR 100 Integrated Transitional Reading and English (Non-Degree Credit) or ENG 101 English Composition I* will be required to enroll in a regular section of RWR 100 Integrated Transitional Reading and English (Non-Degree Credit) in a subsequent semester.
English and Math Studio Course Acceleration
Student Acceleration Courses, ENG 012 Developmental English Workshop and MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra-Compressed, are one-credit-hour co-requisite courses designed to give qualified students the option to take curriculum courses earlier. The studio courses provide an opportunity to master objectives and outcomes for ENG 101 English Composition I* or designated curriculum math course. ENG 012 Developmental English Workshop is a co-requisite to ENG 101 English Composition I* and MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra-Compressed is a corequisite to the designated curriculum math course.
To qualify for the studio course acceleration, students must meet designated placement scores. The student should discuss options with an advisor.
English, Reading, Mathematics, English as a Second Language
Visit our web page at https://www.gvltec.edu/transitional_studies/.
TS English courses are taught in various formats: face-to-face, online, fast track, learning communities and English Plus.
|ENG 012||Developmental English Workshop||1|
|ENG 032||Developmental English||3|
|ENG 100||Introduction to Composition (Non-Degree Credit)||3|
Reading courses are taught in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, hybrid, learning communities and fast track.
|RDG 032||Developmental Reading||3|
|RDG 100||Critical Reading (Non-Degree Credit)||3|
|RWR 100||Integrated Transitional Reading and English (Non-Degree Credit)||3|
TS math courses are taught in various formats: face-to-face, online, emporium and learning communities.
|MAT 100||Introductory College Math (Non-Degree Credit)||5|
|MAT 102||Intermediate Algebra||3|
|MAT 105||Introduction to College Algebra||5|
|MAT 114||Intermediate Algebra-Compressed||1|
English as a Second Language (ESL)
ESL courses strengthen the knowledge and use of the English language for non-native speakers. Courses are offered in listening and speaking; reading; writing composition; and grammar and punctuation. Classes are taught using a combination of teaching techniques, including lectures, group assignments and computer-assisted programs. Students who are non-native speakers of English and who wish to pursue a college degree are strongly encouraged to enroll in ESL classes.
|ESL 010||Communication I||1|
|ESL 011||Reading/Writing I||1|
|ESL 012||Grammar I||1|
|ESL 013||Pronunciation I||1|
|ESL 014||Communication II||1|
|ESL 015||Reading/Writing II||1|
|ESL 016||Grammar II||1|
|ESL 017||Pronunciation II||1|
|ESL 018||Grammar III||1|
Visit https://www.gvltec.edu/transitional_studies/ for more information about Transitional Studies course offerings.