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Education Recommended Transfer Curricula

Recommended AA/AS Transfer Curriculum for Education

All full-time transfer students are required to take OCS 121.

General Education Core Courses

Communications (9) Semester Hours
ENG 101 3
ENG 102 3
SPE 108 3
Humanities and Fine Arts (9)[1] Semester Hours
Literature course 3
Select from Group II 6
Social and Behavioral Science (9)[1] Semester Hours
HIS 203
HIS 204
PSC 101 3
PSY 101 3
Mathematics (3-6) Semester Hours
Elementary Education
MTH 145  
MTH 146  
Secondary Education
MTH 126
Select from Group IV
Physical and Life Science (7-8)[2] Semester Hours
Select a Physical and a Life Science course (must include one lab) 7-8
Minimum General Education 42-45

Area of Concentration/Electives [2]

  Semester Hours
Nine credits in one academic discipline at the sophomore level or above, selected in consultation with an advisor. Acceptable disciplines include: Mathematics; Biology; Chemistry or Physics; Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology; and Art, Music, English, a single Foreign Language, Philosophy, or Theatre. Consult the Transfer Center for help in selecting courses. 9
Minimum Area of Concentration/Electives 19
Professional Education Courses (6)[3] Semester Hours
PSY 211 3
EDU 110 3
CHD 211 (Internship) 3
Minimum for AS 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 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.
  3. 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 preclinical 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.

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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.

Faculty are available during scheduled office hours to advise students about courses and programs. Peruse the related offerings in the Department of Human Services.

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