Developmental courses help students attain basic skills in reading, English and mathematics so that they have a better chance at success in college-level courses. Valencia offers developmental courses in reading, mathematics, English and English as a second language for academic purposes. Developmental courses do not apply toward an associate degree or technical certificate.
For course level placement, which is based on entry testing, each of the three skill areas of reading, English and mathematics are independent of each other. You may place at the college level in one area and at the developmental level in other area(s). If your skills are below the levels defined by the Florida Department of Education as required for successful performance in a college-credit program and you are degree-seeking, you will be required to enroll in developmental courses at the beginning of your enrollment and continue to enroll in them each term until you have completed your required courses.
A developmental sequence consists of the two developmental courses in the same area such as Developmental Reading I and Developmental Reading II. Your test scores determine your starting course in a sequence.
As long as you are enrolled in the appropriate developmental courses, as indicated on the Mandatory Courses Completion Chart, you may enroll in college-level courses for which you have the prerequisite(s). At times, developmental courses are paired with college-level courses for an enhanced learning experience called LinC. (See LinC.)