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    Jun 22, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education - Elementary Education, A.A.

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This curriculum suggests courses likely to apply to a major in Elementary 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 elementary education (grade 1 to grade 6) in Illinois public schools, teachers must be licensed by the State of Illinois. See the Illinois State Board of Education’s website for details on current licensure options. 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. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is usually required for program admission. Students should consult their advisor and an advisor at the university early and often. This will ensure you are taking appropriate courses for the major and licensure requirements. Licensure requirements may change and these professionals will have the most up to date information to ensure you complete appropriate courses.

Suggested Curriculum

I. General Education Core (42-43)

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 (8 credits)

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 (9)

III. Electives (10-11)

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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