The Associate in Arts Degree is designed to meet the two-year general college requirements of four-year colleges and universities. The curriculum is sufficiently broad-based to allow College of The Albemarle students, after two years of study, to transfer with junior-level status in almost any academic or pre-professional field ranging from traditional academic areas such as economics, education, psychology, and English to pre-professional areas such as medicine, law, criminal justice, pharmacy, and other business-related activities. This curriculum is also suited to students who prefer a broad education background without definite transfer plans.
Transferring to a Four-Year College or University
The Associate in Arts(AA) degree program is designed for transfering to a four-year college, specifically those North Carolina colleges who have signed on to the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). The agreement enables AA graduates to have junior status when they transfer to institutions who have signed the CAA. Students who want to take a few courses at COA and then transfer should check the minimum transfer admissions requirements at the college they are transferring to. Most UNC system universities require at least 30 credit hours to transfer. All transfer students have to meet the specific admissions requirements for their major. For more information on transferring and links to the four year college transfer admissions web sites go to the College Transfer page.
Pre-Major in Elementary Education
The Elementary Education Pre-Major Associate in Arts Degree is designed to meet the two-year general college requirements with emphasis on elementary education. Upon completion of the Elementary Education Pre-Major Associates in Arts Degree students will be eligible to be considered for admission as juniors to constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina offering the baccalaureate degree.
College of The Albemarle has an articulation agreement with Elizabeth City State University for students transferring in Elementary Education. The Teacher Preparation Partnership Program Articulation Agreement with ECSU allows College of The Albemarle students to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in elementary education at College of The Albemarle. Students interested in pursuing elementary education at Elizabeth City State University should see their advisor. Students must pass the Praxis I exam before being accepted to the ECSU school of education. For more information go to
College of The Albemarle has articulation agreements with certain universities for students transferring into Specific Programs of study. Students can complete the first two years of that specific baccalaureate degree at College of The Albemarle. Students should check with their advisor and the COA web site for more information.
If you are undecided about your program of study or need further assistance visit Career Services.
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Department Chair, Social Sciences
Associate Professor, Psychology
Elizabeth City Office: A247
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