Recommended AA Transfer Curriculum for Education
To teach in Illinois public schools (elementary or secondary), teachers must be certified by the State of Illinois. To transfer into an approved baccalaureate program in education as a junior, students must complete a minimum of 60 semester credits. Since admission is competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission. Community college students are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate’s degree prior to transfer. Students should be aware that a minimum grade point average of 2.25 (and for some universities 2.5) on a 4.0 scale is required for program admission, and passage of a basic skills (reading, writing, grammar, and math) test is also required.
Students complete either an AA or an AS degree, dependent upon their area of concentration. For example, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry or Physics students should complete an AS degree. For most other areas of concentration, an AA degree is appropriate. Certification requires more credits in general education than either the AA or AS degree. The numbers underlined indicate the number of credits required in each general education category for certification. Students are not expected to complete all of their general education certification requirements before transfer. Students should consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses appropriate for the program at the college or university where they intend to transfer.
Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about courses and programs. Peruse the related offerings in the Department of Human Services.
All full-time transfer students are required to take OCS 121.
|Overview for College Success||Credits|
|OCS 121||Overview for College Success||1|
|Overview for College Success (OCS 121) is a class that will help you plan and assist you in becoming a better student and support you in your work/life balance. OCS 121 credit is not calculated in the course minimum credit totals listed in this section.|
Minimum General Education (42-45)
|Group I Communications (9)||Semester Hours|
|Group II Humanities and Fine Arts (9)|
|Select One Literature Course from Group II||3|
|Select One Fine Arts Course from Group II||3|
|Select One Humanities or Fine Arts from Group II||3|
|Group III Social and Behavioral Science (9)|
|Group IV Mathematics (3 – 5)|
|For Elementary Education:
MTH 145 (credit hours will be applied to the area of concentration.)
|For Secondary Education:
Select one from MTH 126, MTH 161, MTH 180, MTH 190, or MTH 211
|Group V Physical and Life Sciences (7 – 8)|
|Select One Life Science Course Group V
Select One Physical Science Course Group V
(At least one of these courses must be a lab course.)
|Group VI Area of Concentration/Electives (16 – 19)|
|Select 16 to 19 hours, with at least 9 hours in one of the following Academic Disciplines:
English/Language Arts, Music, Social Science, or Foreign Language.
|Professional Education Courses (6)|
|Select one from
|Minimum for AA Degree||62|