Developmental Courses

JCC offers preparatory courses to help develop basic skills needed for college success. Specialized instruction is provided to meet individual needs.

Students who apply for a college transfer or technical education program and need to improve basic skills in reading, grammar, composition/writing, and/or mathematics, must successfully complete appropriate developmental courses to prepare for further education.

Anyone with a high school diploma or a GED may enroll in the Developmental Studies Program; a series of courses designed to help students develop their academic skills in mathematics, reading, and writing, before proceeding with their regular curriculum courses.

The number of courses needed and length of time required to complete the courses will vary. Some students may need only one course, while others may take several semesters to complete a series of courses. Students are placed in developmental courses based on admissions test scores, the recommendation of their advisor or curriculum instructor, or voluntary selection of courses.
Students may take a combination of developmental and curriculum courses selected by program faculty during the same term. The majority of these courses are offered every term, both day and evening.

Progression Criteria: A student taking required developmental courses must earn a grade of "C" or better in order to progress to the curriculum program or to the next Pre-Curriculum course level. A grade of "D" or "F" requires the student to repeat the course.

Course Offerings

Developmental Reading & English

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

Developmental Mathematics

  • DMA 010   Operations with Integers
  • DMA 020   Fractions and Decimals
  • DMA 030   Proportions, Ratios, Rates, and Percents
  • DMA 040   Expression, Linear Equations and Inequalities
  • DMA 050   Graphs and Equations of Lines
  • DMA 065   Algebra for Precalculus

For more information about the Developmental Studies programs, please contact:

Director of Academic Enrichment Services
Dr. Angela Kearney
(919) 209-2531
a_kearney@johnstoncc.edu