Developmental Studies

What we offer

The mission of the Developmental Studies Division is to provide quality education and support resources to our students, enabling them to master the skills and concepts necessary for success in college-level courses. The division also houses additional resources that serve all NCC students.

Developmental courses in reading, writing and math may be required of students before they enter higher-level, credit-bearing courses. Placement in these courses is determined by a placement exam as well as other criteria where appropriate.

Developmental Studies Counselor

The Developmental Studies Counselor specializes in addressing the unique concerns of students who place into developmental courses, providing counseling and advising in a broad range of areas:

Advising in the selection and scheduling of appropriate courses Answering questions of first-time college students Helping to navigate college policies and procedures Counseling in self-advocacy and interpersonal communication skills Assisting in resolving academic difficulties Counseling in addressing personal issues that interfere with academic progress Instructing in learning strategies Making referrals to other college services Making referrals to community agencies

The Developmental Studies Counselor also coordinates services for Students with Disabilities enrolled in academic courses at the college.

For more information, please contact Dr. Fran Apfel (203.857.7192)

Course Offerings

COL 100: College Forum

1 semester hour

Required of all first time, full time students

This first year experience course introduces strategies and skills for success at NCC and beyond.  You will learn how to be proactive in your educational pursuits and how to access a broad range of support services that are available.  This one credit class will show you how to proactively navigate your way through the NCC college experience, and ultimately achieve your goals.

FS 101: Freshman Seminar

3 semester hours

Open to all NCC students

This first-year student success course addresses issues related to students’ transition to college and beyond. Students use a variety of self and career assessment instruments to explore career paths, practice goal setting and develop plans for achieving their goals.  In addition, students review and practice academic success strategies; develop critical thinking abilities as they analyze materials that reflect the diversity in the college and in society.

ENG 066: foundations for college study/reading/writing

6 semester hours/institutional credit only

This integrated reading/writing course is designed to develop reading comprehension and writing skills. Emphasis is reading selections from college subject areas, developing and using an academic vocabulary and writing essays.

ENG 068: speaking and listening skills

3 semester hours/institutional credit only

Students learn basic elements of pronunciation and sentence patterns used in standard American english. Intonation, stressed and unstressed vowels, word endings and verb tenses are emphasized.

ENG 074: college reading

4 semester hours/institutional credit only

This course is designed to build academic reading skills. Using literature, nonfiction texts, selections from textbooks, and articles in various academic disciplines, such as humanities, social science, and science, students learn to read, comprehend and derive meaning more efficiently.

MAT 075: pre-algebra, number sense

3 semester hours / institutional credit only

This course provides a review of how to use basic operations to manipulate whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents. Content includes an introduction to ratios and proportions, measurements, and geometry.

MAT 073: pre-algebra, number sense

4 semester hours / institutional credit only

This course is identical to mat 075 except that it has one additional hour of instruction for students whose placement scores indicate this need.