The AS 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 kindergarten through 8th grade (elementary certification) or 9 – 12th grade (secondary certification). With careful planning and the assistance of a counselor for academic advisement, 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 pursuing elementary education certification may also begin coursework in their area of concentration (i.e., subject in which they plan to fulfill required additional coursework). A middle school endorsement (teaching grades 5 – 8) can add to the marketability of an elementary major. Elementary education majors are encouraged to consider completing the middle school endorsements through careful selection of general education requirements that can be counted toward subject matter areas. Students interested in pursuing a secondary education certification may also begin the coursework for their area of emphasis (i.e., the subject they plan to teach at the high school level).
Whether a student is interested in elementary, middle, or secondary education, working closely with a counselor and the head of the education department is key to careful course selection to fulfill state education requirements for certification.
Teacher Preparation Coordinator
815-825-2086, ext. 3080