Miami Dade College

Virtual College

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Miami Dade College (MDC) and Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) have partnered to offer online courses for Airmen in order to complete their CCAF Associate Degree general education courses as required by CCAF.

Effective July 1, 2014, all active duty and veterans will pay in-state tuition at MDC with supporting documentation. Family members and spouses of military personel will also be granted in-state tuition with an approved contract.

  • At MDC's Virtual College, students receive the same great education that is delivered in its classrooms.
  • MDC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, ensuring that all earned credits are recognized nationwide.
  • Students receive access to a range of student services, including technical support, online tutoring, advising, and more.
  • Virtual College offers the newest technologies that enable our faculty to deliver a high-quality educational experience.
  • MDC was chosen as a " 2014 Military-Friendly School ® " because of our commitment to accommodate the needs of our military and veteran students.
  • MDC offers students the opportunity to earn college credit for life and work experience through Prior Learning Assessment.

Getting started at MDC's Virtual College

The following steps will guide you as you begin your student experience at the Virtual College.

  1. Apply online and pay the $30 application fee
  2. Request high school, GED, and/or previous college transcript(s)
  3. Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships
  4. Take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), if required. Out of area students have the option of requesting a placement test at a remote location.
  5. Create myMDC student account to access your new email
  6. Students who reside outside of Miami-Dade County obtain an MDC ID. Complete and mail notarized MDC ID Application with a copy of current passport, driver's license or state identification
    • Send form to:
      Student Services, Virtual College
      Miami Dade College
      300 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Room 3704
      Miami, Florida 33132
  7. After you have created your myMDC account, the college provides you with your own free myMDC e-mail account. You may access your new e-mail account at any time after creating your myMDC student account.
  8. Complete the Virtual College Orientation
  9. Contact the Student Support Center at (305) 237-3800 to select courses and register
  10. Review MDC tuition rates. Please note that the fee for most Virtual College courses is $15 per credit. (i.e. $45 for a 3-credit course)
  11. Get your textbooks in advance for best availability
If you have any questions, contact the Student Support Center at 305-237-3800.

GEM Approved Courses

  1. Oral Communications

    This course provides students with the oral communications skills necessary for success in personal, professional and educational settings. Students will learn through the study and experiential practice of interpersonal communication, presentational speaking and group dynamics of communication and be able to use them effectively. (3 hr. lecture)
  2. Written Communications

    This is the first required general core course in college-level writing. The student will learn to compose essays and other works using various methods of development. Prerequisites: The grade of 'S' in ENC0025 and/or REA0017 or appropriate placement test score. (3 hr. lecture)

    This is the second required general education core course in college-level writing. Students will learn the conventions of standard edited American English. Students will compose informative and persuasive essays, write responses to a variety of literary genres, and/or non-fiction, and produce a documented paper based on research. Prerequisite: ENC1101. (3 hr. lecture)

    This writing-based course addresses techniques of critical thinking, persuasion, and argumentation. Students will refine their composition skills and develop their oral communication skills by examing and discussing a range of issues. Prerequisites: ENC1101, 1102 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better. (3 hr. lecture)
  3. Humanities

    An integral approach to the humanities: creative ideas, works, and accomplishments of various cultures from the areas of art, architecture, drama, music, literature and philosophy are presented. (3 hr. lecture)

    LIT2120 explores masterpieces of world literature from the mid-renaissance to the present. Works studied exemplify the universality of human experience. Prerequisites: ENC 1101,1102 or equivalent. (3 hr. lecture)

    This is a foundation course in philosophy. Students will learn about topics such as epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. The course introduces the methods of philosophy, addresses some major philosophical questions and examines the views of various philosophers from around the world. Prerequisite: ENC1101. (3 hr. lecture)

    This is a foundation course in philosophy. Students will learn critical thinking skills and will study major theories of ethics. Students will use methods of effective reasoning to reflect critically upon their values, ethical standards, and the ethical permissibility of topics such as euthanasia, animal rights, and environmental ethics. Prerequisite. ENC1101 (3 hr. lecture)

    A survey of the origins, beliefs and contemporary practices of the world's religions: Hinduism, Islam, Taoism, Zen Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Confucianism. Attention is given to the interactions between specific religions and the cultures in which they are practiced. (3 hr. lecture)
  4. Mathematics

    This course introduces the student to the concept of functions and their graphs. Students will graph linear, quadratic, rational, exponential, logarithmic, radical, power, and absolute value functions and transformations; perform operations on and compositions of functions; find the inverse of a function; apply the laws of logarithms to simplify expressions and solve equations; graph non-linear inequalities; solve related applications and modeling problems. Prerequisite: MAT1033 with a grade of "C" or better "or" satisfactory placement test scores. Special Fee. (3 hr. lecture)

    This course is primarily designed for students who expect to take physics and/or the courses in the calculus sequence. Students will learn and use the fundamental trigonometric identities and solve conditional trigonometric equations, perform operations on complex numbers in trigonometric form, work with vectors, and graph both polar and parametric equations. Prerequisite: MAC1105 or MAC1140 or MAD2104 with a grade of "C" or better. Special fee. (3 hr. lecture)

    This course includes topics in geometry, probability and statistics, and sets and logic. It also covers selected topics in the history of mathematics. Prerequisite: MAT1033. (3 hr. lecture)
  5. Social Science

    Students will learn of the history of the United States to 1877 by examining the founding, growth, and development of America from the colonial era through Reconstruction. (3 hr. lecture)

    This course focuses on the social, economic, cultural, and political developments in the United States since 1877. The student will gain knowledge of changes and continuities in the history of the United States since the late nineteenth century. (3 hr. lecture)

    This is an applied psychology course which emphasizes understanding of the principles of effective human behavior and applying these to the areas of personal awareness, interpersonal relations, communication, and work/career development. Students will learn strategies to apply these principles in both their personal and professional lives. (3 hr. lecture)

    This course examines the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of human beings from conception to death. Students will learn about theories of development, key issues in the field and apply research in developmental psychology throughout the prenatal, infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood periods of the lifespan. (3 hr. lecture)

    This course provides an overview of the field of psychology. Students will learn about the biological and environmental bases of behavior, and theories and concepts in such areas as personality, intelligence, learning, motivation, emotions and mental illness. Students will increase their knowledge about the brain-body connection and applied neurosciences. (3 hr. lecture)

    This course engages in a scientific study of society providing an overview of sociology as a social science. It includes its development as a discipline and methodology. It examines culture as a basis for human behavior, how it is acquired and its norms obeyed. It explores the issues of social inequality within society, including the issues of ethnicity and gender. The issues of social change and social institutions are examined, along with those of demography and urbanization, together with the great challenges these currently pose to the modern world. (3 hr. lecture)