Developmental Courses

What Are Developmental Courses?

Developmental education courses are designed to improve your academic skills in the areas of reading, writing and math and are offered through the PASS Department at Navarro College.  The results of the placement exam will determine your need for developmental courses. The grades earned in developmental courses do not calculate in your overall grade point average.

Academic Advising

New students must take the ACCUPLACER test upon admission to the College. If you do not test into college level coursework, you must participate in developmental education in reading, writing and/or math in order to meet institutional academic prerequisites. Students must also receive academic advising prior to registration until successful completion of the developmental education program or until students re-test out of developmental education. The counselors and advisors at NC will assist you in understanding which developmental courses must be completed to meet your degree requirements.

Texas Success Initiative

The Texas Success Initiative requires testing, remediation and advising of all students who attend a public college or university in Texas. The program assesses a student’s ability to perform effectively in college-level course work.

The developmental education programs include the following areas:  Students who do not meet the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college-readiness standards are advised to enroll in developmental courses. Developmental courses are designed to provide instruction in Reading, Writing and Math which give students the necessary competencies to be successful in college.  Students requiring developmental courses due to TSI test results must maintain satisfactory progress as measured by grades of A, B or C.  Developmental courses will be limited to a total of 30 credit hours.

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math

Developmental education courses provide a supportive environment for students to transition academically from a secondary (high school) institution to a college or university.

The Developmental Reading program helps students develop a repertoire of reading strategies, study skills, critical thinking skills, and strategic learning skills. Its primary purpose is to improve students’ overall attitude toward reading and to promote lifelong learning and an appreciation for reading. There are three levels of developmental reading courses offered:

  • READ 1071 – Reading and Study Skills I
  • READ 1071 ESOL – Reading and Study Skills for Non-native English Speakers
  • READ 1072 – Advanced Reading Comprehension

The Developmental Writing program helps students develop their fundamental writing skills for successful completion of assignments. It focuses on teaching students the fundamentals of grammar, mechanics and organization, which are stressed in the production of clear sentences, paragraphs and multiple paragraph themes. Classes are taught in a workshop setting, and instruction is enhanced with interactive technology. There are two levels of developmental writing courses offered:

  • WRIT 1071 – Writing Skills I
  • WRIT 1071 ESOL – Writing Skills for Non-Native English Speakers
  • WRIT 1072 – Writing Skills II

The Developmental Math program helps students strengthen their basic mathematical skills in preparation for college-level mathematics courses. There are three levels of developmental math courses offered:

  • MTH 1071 – Essentials of Mathematics I
  • MTH 1074 – Introductory Algebra
  • MTH 1075 – Introductory Algebra II
  • MTH 1312 – Intermediate Algebra

Students who complete developmental courses demonstrate their dedication to being successful college students because they take the time to develop and refine critical college success skills.


Terry Peterman

Director of the PASS Program
Office:  WCB 104
Phone: (903) 875-7419
M.A., Texas A&M University – Commerce
B.A., Texas A&M University – Commerce

Terry Peterman has served as Director of the PASS program since June of 2013. He comes to Navarro College from El Centro College in the Dallas County Community College District where he served as English Developmental Writing faculty. He has 13 years teaching Developmental Writing and English at the University level in various roles.

He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s of Arts degrees from Texas A&M University – Commerce where he received the Houghton Mifflin Award for Best Master’s student in 2005. He is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University. his dissertation explores the intersections of writing, democracy, and the public sphere with a specific emphasis on reshaping writing pedagogy to meet the needs of the 21st century student.

Mr. Peterman has passion for helping students in the PASS program succeed, and accomplish their educational goals. He looks forward to working with students, instructors, and administrators to help Navarro College students obtain the education, skills, and training required to become the future leaders of tomorrow. 

Nan Strebeck

Associate Professor, Developmental Math
Office: WCB 114
Phone: (903) 875-7521
M.S., Texas A&M University – Commerce
B.A., University of Texas at Arlington
A.S., Navarro College

Amy Young

Office: WCB 109
Phone: (903) 875-7524
M.S., Texas State University
B.S., Southwest Texas State University

Shari Waldrop

Associate Professor, Developmental Reading
Office: WCB 107
Phone:  (903) 875-7499
M.Ed., Jones International University
B.A., University of Texas at Arlington