Developmental Studies Department

Developmental Studies Mission Statement

The mission of the Developmental Studies Department of Midlands Technical College is to help students become independent and successful learners so that they will meet their personal, educational and professional goals. 

Developmental Studies Goals

Midlands Technical College wants all students to achieve the goals they have set for themselves. The Developmental Studies Department (DVS) provides many students a first step toward a successful college experience. The department consists of courses designed to improve academic skills, such as critical thinking, reading, writing, and mathematics.

The Developmental Studies Department strives to help students:

  •     develop academic survival skills
  •     set personal, education, and career goals
  •     learn to use technology in academic and workplace settings
  •     learn the academic culture of the college

Placement Testing

The college's placement and assessment test is given to all new and readmitted students in an effort to identify the academic needs of each student. Once assessment scores are determined, each student is advised about the courses needed to reach the student's ultimate goal. All MTC students must demonstrate competency in Reading, Math and English before enrolling in curriculum level and transfer courses. If some students do not meet the required competency for curriculum level courses, they will be enrolled into developmental level courses. Students may not retake the placement tests once they begin the Reading, Math or English developmental sequence of courses.

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Here is a sample of representative syllabi for the Developmental Studies department. Students are encouraged to continuously discuss options with an advisor.

COL 103 - College Skills
COL 105 - Freshman Seminar
ENG 032 - Developmental English
MAT 032 (Mod) - Developmental Mathematics
MAT 032 (Trad) - Developmental Mathematics
MAT 100 (Mod) - Introductory College Mathematics
MAT 100 (Trad) - Introductory College Mathematics
RDG 032 - Developmental Reading
RDG 100 - Critical Reading 
RDG 101 - College Reading for Allied Health

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Developmental Studies Department

Mary S. Thomas, Department Chair
Airport Campus, Academic Center, Room 210

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