The A.A. degree with an emphasis in education prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelors degree in education and enter the teaching profession with certification to teach Pre Early Childhood Studies with a Preschool Special Education Approval (Birth - Grade 3) or Elementary Education (Grades 1 - 6) or Middle School Teaching and Learning or Special Education (Preschool - Age 21). With careful planning and the assistance of a counselor or the Teacher Preparation Coordinator, students can select courses from the Kishwaukee College General Education program that fulfill Illinois teacher certification requirements. In addition, students may choose electives that fulfill some of the education foundation coursework required in most teacher education programs at four-year institutions.
Students interested in pursuing a Middle School Teaching and Learning degree or a degree in Secondary Education may also begin the coursework for their area of emphasis (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science).
Whether a student is interested in Pre Early Childhood Studies, Elementary Education, Middle School or Secondary Education, working closely with a counselor is key to careful course selection to fulfill state education requirements for certification.
If you are starting out at Kishwaukee College and are transferring to NIU, follow one of our NIU Transfer Pathways to ensure successful transition.
This program is part of the Education & Training Career Cluster.