To teach young children (grades K-9) in Illinois public schools, teachers must be certified by the State of Illinois upon completion of a four-year degree. Students interested in elementary education are encouraged to complete the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree prior to transfer.
These course recommendations are intended for students who are undecided about a transfer school. Students who have selected a transfer school should consult the catalog of that school and an academic advisor. College catalogs and transfer guides for many four-year colleges are available in the Academic Advising Center.
Students should be aware that admission to the junior year of elementary education is competitive and that each four-year college has specific admissions requirements including a minimum grade point average and a test of academic proficiency.
Associate in Arts Degree – 62 Credit Hours
Please note: The program of study listed below is a model for students who are undecided about a transfer institution and uncertain about specific course requirements. Students who already know their intended transfer institution should refer to that school’s catalog.
Required General Education Core Curriculum — 38 credit hours as follows:
Communication—9 credit hours
COM-101 Composition I – 3
COM-102 Composition II – 3
COM-103 Speech Fundamentals – 3
Mathematics1—3 credit hours
Select 3 credit hours from MTH-120, 121+122*, 139, 143, 145, 150, 151, 152, 212
Physical and Life Sciences—8 credit hours
Choose four credit hours from BIO-111*, 112, 119; NAT-111, 112
Choose four credit hours from CHM-111, 131*; EAS-120, 125, 130; GEL-150; PHS-101*, 103; PHY-106 and 107, 110 and 111, 150, 203
Each of the Physical and Life Science courses shown above has a one-hour laboratory component included within the course structure and contact hours, with the exception of PHY-106/PHY-107 and PHY-110/PHY-111.
Humanities and Fine Arts2—9 credit hours
Choose three credit hours from ART-110, 205, 206 or 208, 209; HUM-101, 102, 120, 135 or 140 or 145; LIT-227; MUS-106, 107; THE-105, 107, 110
Choose three credit hours from LIT-213, 214, 215 or 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226 or 228, 227, 230
Choose three credit hours from ARB-202; ART-110, 205, 206 or 208, 209; FRE-202; GER-202; HUM-101, 102, 115, 120, 135 or 140 or 145; LIT-213, 214, 215 or 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226 or 228, 227, 230; MUS-106, 107; PHI 101, 111, 120, 125, 200; SPA-202, 213; THE-105, 107, 110, 111
Recommended that students choose a Non-Western or Third World Cultures course and a literature course.
Social and Behavioral Sciences—9 credit hours
HIS-201 American History I
HIS-202 American History II – 3
PSC-110 American National Government – 3
PSY-101 Introduction to Psychology – 3
Additional Degree Requirement — 3 credit hours
PSY-104 Life-Span Developmental Psychology – 3
PSY-105 Child Psychology – 3
Area of Concentration/Major Field — 6-15 credit hours
EDU-100 Introduction to Education – 3
EDU-111 Students with Disabilities in School – 3
Teachers must choose an area of concentration, 18 hours of coursework in one discipline. Nine of those hours should be taken at the community college level with the other nine hours taken at the transfer school. Students should consult the catalog of the intended transfer school to determine acceptable areas of concentration.
Electives — 6-15 credit hours
Select any additional courses to fulfill teacher certification requirements. Students should check the catalog for their transfer school to receive additional guidance on courses to select.
1MTH-122 recommended; however, math requirements vary at four-year institutions.
2Foreign Language Requirement: Some universities have a foreign language requirement. Generally, four years of a single foreign language in high school or four semesters of language in college will fulfill this requirement. It is recommended that students complete the entire foreign language sequence at one institution.
For course descriptions, pre- and co-requisites and graduation information, please review the college’s catalog.