Students who apply for two-year arts, science, or technical degrees; one-year diploma programs; and some certificate programs may be required to take placement tests in reading, mathematics, and writing. Any applicant whose placement test scores fall below the required minimum established by the college must take the indicated Developmental Education courses. These courses must be taken before, or in some cases concurrently with, designated curriculum courses.
Developmental Education courses are open to all students with a high school diploma or its equivalent who wish to upgrade their basic skills. These courses provide opportunities for improvement in the areas of English grammar and composition, mathematics, sciences, computer applications, and reading as well as enrichment in study skills and personal and career development. These courses are designed to provide Durham Tech students with the ability to build a firm academic foundation for success in college and beyond.