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    Jul 14, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education - Secondary Education, A.A.

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This curriculum suggests courses likely to apply to a major in Secondary Education meeting the guidelines of the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core. Students should obtain a copy of the Associate in Arts Degree Worksheet and visit the IAI Web site at to get transfer course equivalencies for participating Illinois colleges and universities.

State Certification Requirements

To teach in Illinois public schools, teachers must be certified by the State of Illinois. To transfer into a baccalaureate program in education as a junior, students must have 60-64 semester credits. Admission to teacher preparation programs is competitive; completion of recommended courses does not guarantee acceptance. Students must pass either the Test of Academic Proficiency, have a composite ACT plus Writing score of 22, or an SAT score of 1,030 in order to become certified to teach in Illinois. Students should consult their advisor and an advisor at the university early and often.

Suggested Curriculum

I. General Education Core (37-40)

Area A: Communication (9 credits)

Area B: Humanities and Fine Arts (9 credits) **

Select three courses from the list for Area B  with at least one course selected from humanities and one course from fine arts, including one English course numbered 200 or above. ART 131 , ENG 243 , HUMAN 101 , or PHILO 205  recommended to meet the non-Western Cultures requirement at some senior institutions.

Area C: Mathematics (3-5 credits)

Select one math course from the list for Area C . Select the course that satisfies the math requirement in your teaching major.

Area D: Physical and Life Sciences (7-8 credits)

Select one life science course and one physical science course from the list for Area D . One course must have a lab component. It is recommended that both courses have a lab for the Illinois teaching certificate.

Area E: Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credits) **

II. Area of Concentration/Major Field (18)

Select four courses from the bachelor’s degree major or subject you wish to teach.

III. Electives (6-7)

Required A.A. Degree Program Total: 62 credits

**Note: Select at least one course designated by IAI as non-Western (N) or Diversity (D) from either Social and Behavioral Sciences or Humanities and Fine Arts. Any of these courses will fulfill this requirement: ANTHR 215 , ANTHR 222 ; ART 131 ; ENG 215 , ENG 243 ; GEOG 101 ; HIST 111 , HIST 112 , HIST 115 , HIST 116 , HIST 140 ; HUMAN 101 ; PHILO 205 ; SOCIO 215 , SOCIO 220  

Each college and university has its own major requirements and transfer policies. Consult the schools you are considering and a PSC advisor to discuss courses and their transferability.

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