Education – A.S. Transfer Curriculum

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Recommended AS 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
ENG 101 3
ENG 102 3
SPE 108 3
Group II Humanities and Fine Arts (6)
Select One Literature Course from Group II 3
Select One Fine Arts Course from Group II 3
Group III Social and Behavioral Science (6)[1]
HIS 203
HIS 204
PSY 101 3
Group IV Mathematics (3 – 5)
For Elementary Education:
MTH 145 (credit hours will be applied to the area of concentration.)
MTH 146
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 (22 – 25)
Select 22 to 25 hours, with at least 13-17 hours credit hours from the AS approved course list, and with at least 9 hours in one of the following Academic Disciplines:
Biology, Mathematics, Physical Education or Physical Science.
Select One Humanities or Fine Arts from Group II 3
PSC 101 3
The selected electives listed above may satisfy the additional Math and Physical or Life Science courses required for the AS.
Professional Education Courses (6)[2]
EDU 110 3
Select one from
PSY 211
CHD 104
CHD 203
Minimum for AA Degree 62

  1. At least one 3-semester-hour course must be taken in non-Western or Third-World cultures from either the Humanities or Social Science.
  2. Students will take the majority of professional education courses as juniors and seniors after transfer to the four-year institution.

Courses in the Teacher Aide program (CHD) are not designed for a transfer degree and generally do not transfer. Some colleges accept internship course CHD 211 as elective credit and apply the hours toward the fulfillment of the pre-clinical experience; others do not. However, students who are unsure of their career choice may wish to take this course for exposure to classroom experience. EDU 204 and CHD 203 also transfer to some colleges. Consult the Transfer Center for specific information about course transferability.