Developmental Studies

The Developmental Studies Department provides classes to develop students' skills in English, reading and math as well as study skills and test taking strategies for College Success, a college credit class.  The department offers courses designed to improve the academic skills of students to prepare them for success in their college level courses, career fields, and/or the workplace.

Free instructional support also is provided with walk-in Math tutoring in the Math Lab and individual tutoring appointments for a variety of subjects in the Academic Success Center. Online tutoring is also available through RaiderNet.

Let the Developmental Studies Department be your bridge to success as you complete your certificate, A.A., or A.S. degree at Northwest Florida College.

Our goals are to help students:

  • To develop the necessary academic survival skills for success
  • To read analytically, write precisely, and think critically at the college level
  • To adopt a growth mindset to promote confidence in themselves as learners
  • To set focused personal, educational, and career goals
  • To acquire the necessary technology skills for success in academic and workplace settings

A student's placement test scores ensure accurate placement in Developmental courses. However, some students are exempt from placement testing, although they may opt to take the placement test in order to gauge their readiness for college-level work (see below for Florida statute regarding exemptions). Exempt students who choose to take a placement test to measure their college readiness are not bound by the scores to enter developmental education; however, they may elect to enroll in developmental education to better prepare themselves. See the following table for course placement scores. (Any advisor or the appropriate department chair can provide the permission required for some courses.)

 Dev Studies Chart

Exemption from Placement Testing

In accordance with Florida Statute 1008.30, a student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services shall not be required to take the common placement test and shall not be required to enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College System institution. However, a student who is not required to take the common placement test and is not required to enroll in developmental education under this paragraph may opt to be assessed and to enroll in developmental education instruction, and the college shall provide such assessment and instruction upon the student's request. (The above language comes from the Florida Administrative Code 6A-10.0315.)