Jun 18, 2024  
Reynolds Community College Catalog 2021-2022 
Reynolds Community College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Specialty Programs

Reynolds Online


The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning supports online education options in a variety of degree and certificate programs. These options increase access to education and provide opportunities to complete programs of study in an interactive, online environment. Within a given semester, students often integrate online courses with their on-campus classes; such scheduling allows students to achieve their education goals while also maintaining work, family, and personal responsibilities. Additionally, some degree and certificate programs are fully online. Students who pursue their programs entirely online also have access to important online support resources such as digital library research materials, academic tutoring, and online support staff.

For some online courses, students may be required to make a limited number of visits to a campus location for labs, presentations, and/or other class activities; some courses may require visits to a community site for clinicals or internships. Many courses require proctored testing that can be completed at Reynolds testing centers, testing sites at other VCCS institutions, or at an approved site outside of the state of Virginia. Students should carefully review course schedule notes to determine if any campus or other site visits are required.

Students considering enrolling in online courses should plan to have reliable internet access, as well as regular access to a computer. Students planning to access online course materials through technology services available at Reynolds libraries or at a public library should carefully evaluate their work and personal schedules to ensure that they are able to accommodate sufficient time to complete the work required for an online course.

The successful online student is typically a strong independent learner who has well-developed reading, writing, research, and technology skills. Online students should plan to commit to a consistent, weekly schedule that may include 6 to 8 hours of academic work each week, for each course. Prior to registration in an online course, students may need to complete necessary placement exams and/or course prerequisites. Students new to online learning at Reynolds should plan to complete Go2Orientation’s Orientation to Learning Online available at www.go2reynolds.com

To learn more about online learning at Reynolds, visit www.reynolds.edu/reynoldsonline, contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at online@reynolds.edu, or call(804) 523-5612 or (800) 711-1628 (Virginia only).

Fully Online Degree and Certificate Programs

For the most current list of 100% online programs go to reynols.edu/reynoldsonline.

Some courses may require campus labs, seminars, demonstrations, community clinical, and/or proctored exams.

AAS Associate of Applied Science
AA Associate of Arts
AS Associate of Science
C Certificate
CSC Career Studies Certificate

School of Business and Industrial Trades

Accounting AAS
Accounting C
Accounting CSC
Business Administration AS
Entrepreneurship in Small Business CSC

The following program can be completed online with the exceptions noted:
Management AAS - Small Business Management Specialization, except for a coordinated internship course offered as a hybrid

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Early Childhood Development AAS
Early Childhood Development C
Early Childhood Education CSC
Early Childhood Education - Advanced CSC
General Education C
General Studies AS
Liberal Arts AA
Social Sciences AS

School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

The following programs can be completed online with the exceptions noted:
Information Systems Technology AAS - Computer Applications concentration & Computer Applications CSC, except a seminar and project course offered as a hybrid
Information Systems Technology AAS - Cyber Security concentration & Cyber Security CSC, except a seminar and project course offered as a hybrid
Science AS - Science Specialization 

School of Health Professions

Advanced Medical Records Coder CSC
Medical Records Coder CSC
Opticians Apprentice CSC
Release of Health Information Specialist CSC

With the exception of the lab and clinical learning experiences, the following programs can be completed online:
Medical Laboratory Technology AAS
Opticianry AAS
Respiratory Therapy AAS

Teacher Preparation

Students can complete their first two years of teacher preparation courses in the Pre-Teacher Education Program (P-TEP), receive an associate degree from Reynolds, and then transfer to a four-year college or university. Several Virginia four-year institutions offer transfer opportunities for P-TEP students.

Reynolds offers Teacher Preparation Specialization associate degrees in Science, Social Sciences, and Liberal Arts for prospective teachers who transfer to Virginia’s four-year colleges and universities. Reynolds advisors work closely with students to ensure seamless transfer ability. Reynolds also has transfer centers with catalogs and transfer guides from many four-year colleges.

It is highly recommended that P-TEP students determine what content area and/or grade level they would like to teach, as well as the school to which they wish to transfer. The transfer process for P-TEP students can be complicated. It is very important for you to meet with your advisor and a counselor from Transfer Services. Additionally, you should communicate directly with your transfer school. This will help to ensure that you maximize your time at Reynolds.

Program Note:

The Virginia Department of Education has the authority to deny licensure to any applicant as described in 8VAC20-22-720 of the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel. Any student entering the Pre-Teacher Education Program (P-TEP) who has committed any illegal offense other than minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the Program Head for Teacher Preparation prior to enrolling in SDV 101 Orientation to Teacher Preparation  and/or EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession  for clarification. Reynolds requires a criminal history records check of all entering P-TEP students. Inability to obtain field experience site placement due to a negative background check will result in removal from the program.

Teacher Licensure Requirements Information for the Community College Student

The Virginia Board of Education has established general requirements for initial teacher licensure. The candidate must be at least 18 years of age; have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a Board-approved teacher education program; possess good moral character; have satisfied requirements for a teaching endorsement area; have met general and professional studies requirements (including student teaching), and have obtained passing scores on the RVE: Reading for Virginia Educators (for certain endorsement areas), the VCLA: Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment, and the appropriate Specialty Area test (Praxis™ II).

Additionally, transfer institutions require students to successfully complete the Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) prior to enrollment in their teacher preparation programs. More information regarding these requirements can be obtained from the Program Head for Teacher Preparation.

The teaching license provides the prospective teacher with a credential to serve as a teacher in Virginia while the endorsement describes the subject area or grade levels to which the prospective teacher may be appropriately assigned to teach.

Students seeking licensure at the elementary level (grades PreK-3 or PreK-6) may major in a wide range of disciplines. Most transfer institutions have a specific degree that is required for students pursuing elementary education licensure. Contact your transfer institution or the Program Head for Teacher Preparation at (804)523-5263 for additional information.

Students seeking licensure at the middle school level (grades 6-8), should select one of the four basic content areas mathematics, a science, history/social science or English-as a major. To increase your employability you may choose to pursue a second content area if possible during your course of studies.

Students seeking licensure to teach at the secondary level (grades 6-12) major in the area in which they will seek endorsement. Possible majors include, but are not limited to, biology, chemistry, computer science, English, French, German, history, mathematics, physics, political science, and Spanish. Students who are interested in majoring in special education may choose a major from the humanities, social sciences, or sciences.

Students who have decided on their teacher licensure endorsement area and selected their four-year transfer institution should contact their advisor to explore whether a Teacher Education Admission Agreement exists between the Virginia Community College System and that institution. The advisor can provide further information about the requirements and benefits of the agreement.

Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program

The Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program is an incentive to students interested in pursuing a teaching career in a critical shortage teaching area. These scholarships begin in the junior year. The critical shortage teaching areas are determined annually, but usually include fields such as special education, mathematics, earth science, career and technical education, foreign language, English as a second language, middle grades, library media, art, and reading specialist.

More information is available from the Virginia Department of Education at doe.virginia.gov.

Professional Development for School Personnel

Reynolds Community College provides credit-based course work for teachers and school divisions. We offer a variety of courses that may qualify for licensure renewal and can develop customized courses for cohorts, schools and/or divisions.

Contact the Program Head for Teacher Preparation at (804) 523-5263 for additional information.

EducateVA Career Switcher Program


The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) offers an alternative teacher licensure program - EducateVA. This is a statewide initiative to address critical shortages in the teaching profession. EducateVA is certified by the Virginia Department of Education and provides a pathway for professionals seeking an entrance into the field of education. Community colleges across the state serve as instructional sites for EducateVA, thus ensuring a program accessible to any student regardless of that student’s location. The list of teaching endorsements for which a student can prepare for certification can be found at educateva.com.

Do You Qualify?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Three (3) or more years of full time professional, post-baccalaureate work experience
  • Content area expertise 
  • GPA of 2.5 or better 
  • Required assessments (Praxis Subject Assessment and VCLA)
  • Must be willing to undergo a criminal background check prior to field placement or employment in the classroom
  • May not currently hold a Provisional License or expired Provisional License issued by the Virginia Department of Education or a full professional teaching license in Virginia or another state

What is Required?

  • Complete the 18-week Level 1 program, which includes 40 hours of classroom field experience
  • Upon successful completion of Level 1, a one-year Career Switcher Provisional License is issued
  • During Level II, candidates must teach successfully for one full year while completing additional online training and instructor-led sessions in order to be recommended for a full 10-year renewable teaching license

Reynolds College Academies

Reynolds College Academies provide outstanding high school students the opportunity to earn an associate degree while completing the requirements for their high school diploma. Reynolds has carefully selected and sequenced the college coursework in the program in order to satisfy the requirements of the high school diploma and associate degree at the same time.

In the Reynolds Advance College Academies (ACA) serving Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Powhatan County Public Schools, students typically apply in the 8th grade through their local school division, enroll in advanced high school courses in the 9th and 10th grade, and take the required college course work f or the associate degree during the 11th and 12th grade.

In the Reynolds Early College Academy (ECA) serving Richmond Public Schools, students take the required college course work for the associate degree on the Reynolds Downtown Campus.

High School Dual Enrollment


The Dual Enrollment Program at Reynolds is offered to high school juniors and seniors enrolled in one of the local participating schools. This program allows students to take college-level courses that fulfill both high school and college graduation requirements. Currently, Reynolds has agreements to offer the Dual Enrollment program with the following schools or school systems: Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center, Culpeper County, Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, Powhatan County, and Richmond City. Interested high school students should speak with their school counselor.

Home School/Concurrent Enrollment

Dual enrollment is not the only way for a high school student to earn college credit. Reynolds offers high school students not participating in Dual Enrollment the opportunity to enroll and start earning college credit prior to graduating from high school. Students who are rising high school freshmen to seniors in the upcoming school year are eligible to apply. High school students below the junior level require additional approval before enrolling. For more information regarding requirements, visit the Reynolds webpage reynolds.edu/HomeSchool.



CareerStart (formerly known as Middle College), is a Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) short-term workforce training program. This grant-funded program is designed for individuals who are ready to start a career, but may lack the required skills or experience to advance. The program offers low or no-cost industry credential training classes for individuals who would benefit from a training environment that includes academic support and career coaching services. GED completion classes are available through community partners for participants who need to complete a high school credential to increase employability.

Training classes are available for credentials in Customer Service, Healthcare, Construction/Trades, Warehousing/Logistics, Information Technology, Transportation/Manufacturing. 

CareerStart training programs are typically less than three months in length and include academic assistance, credential training, exam preparation, employ ability skills, industry exposure, financial and digital literacy and career coaching. Classes are grant-funded and offered in collaboration with community partnerships, resulting in low to no-cost training classes for qualified students. 

Contact the CareerStart program at (804) 523-5345 or ccwatraining.org/careerstart for more information.

Great Expectations


The Great Expectations Program assists youth and young adults, who are currently or were formerly affiliated with the Virginia Foster Care System, gain access to a community college education. Eligible individuals include foster youth between the ages of 17 and 24, youth adopted after the age of 13, or special needs adoptions. Services include guidance with the admission and FAFSA application processes, accessing college resources and supports, and referrals to and collaboration with community resources and services. Contact the Great Expectations Program at (804) 523-5294 or greatexpectations@reynolds.edu for more information.

English as a Second Language


Reynolds offers classes for students whose first language is not English. Classes are designed to help students successfully speak, read, and write English outside of the classroom and to prepare them for academic coursework. Day and evening classes meet on the Parham Road Campus and follow the Reynolds academic calendar.

Reynolds Honors Program


The Reynolds Honors Program offers high-achieving students an opportunity to participate in more advanced academic coursework based on four foundational pillars: critical thinking, reading, and writing; independent research; interdisciplinary approaches; and student engagement. These foundations help create a community of highly motivated and intellectually curious students who, through collaboration with dedicated faculty, will be prepared for the challenges of university degree programs and beyond. Among other benefits, Honors students receive additional scholarship funds.

To be eligible for the Honors Program, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a transfer degree program (AA/AS degree)
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Have successfully completed all developmental coursework before being accepted
  • High school students applying before their first semester of college coursework should submit their most recent transcript. Students who have not yet completed 12 credit hours of transferable college coursework at the time of application may submit transcripts from a previous institution for consideration. Submit unofficial transcripts via email to honors@reynolds.edu.

Any student may apply to enroll in a designated Honors course section by completing the Honors Course Permission form at www.reynolds.edu/honors.

For questions about the Honors Program, please see the Honors Program Coordinator or email honors@reynolds.edu for more information.