Associate in Arts Degree

Elementary Education

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The following curriculum is designed to satisfy the basic lower division requirements for elementary education majors at senior institutions. Students are encouraged to complete their Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in Elementary Education prior to transfer. Students should consult with their transfer institution as early as possible in their program to determine the course choices preferred by that institution. Students enrolling in this curriculum are urged to meet with an academic advisor each semester to review course selections and transfer plans. A non-western culture class is required by most institutions.

Learn more: Email advising@kcc.edu or phone 815-802-8500.

Elementary Education (4 courses)
Credit hours: 12

  • EDUC 1713 - Introduction to Public Education
  • * EDUC 1833 - Students with Disabilities
  • * EDUC 2613 - Educational Psychology1, or CDEV 1513 - Child Growth and Development
    or *PSYC 2553  - Lifespan Developmental Psychology1
  • * MATH 1613 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

Communications General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

A minimum grade of C is required in *ENGL 1613 and *ENGL 1623.

  • * ENGL 1613 - English I
  • * ENGL 1623 - English II
  • * SPCH 1553 - Introductory Speech

Laboratory Science General Education (2 courses)
Credit hours: 8

Choose two IAI courses with at least one from physical science and at least one from life science. BIOL 1514 - General Biology I is recommended by some universities

Mathematics General Education (1 course)
Credit hours: 3

  • * MATH 1623 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II

Humanities General Education (3 courses)1
Credit hours: 9

Choose one IAI literature course.

Choose two additional IAI humanities courses with at least one course from the fine arts or interdisciplinary category

Social and Behavioral Science General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

  • * PSYC 1813 - Introduction to Psychology

Choose two of the following three courses2:

  • * HIST 2513 - History of the United States to 1877
  • * HIST 2523 - History of the United States from 1877 to Present
  • * PLSC 1513 - American Government

Electives 
Credit hours: 14

CHOOSE FOURTEEN (14) credit hours of courses from any transfer elective area. Students should consult with their transfer institution to determine appropriate courses. A maximum of four credit hours can come from physical education activity courses. The following list contains suggested electives.

  • EDUC 1763 - Technology in Education
  • * EDUC 2513 - Diversity in Schools
  • EDUC 2533 - Foundations in Reading
  • GEOG 1513 - World Regional Geography3
  • HUMS 2613 - World Religions3
  • PHED 1512 - Health Education, or * CDEV 2633 - Health, Nutrition and Safety or HLTH 1513 - Nutrition
  • * IAI courses in mathematics, laboratory science (CHEM 1504 may be accepted by some universities), and in the area of concentration.

Minimum credit hours required for completion - 64

*Course has prerequisite.

1Consult transfer institution to determine appropriate course(s).

2 Some universities specify the course selection.

3 Satisfies non-Western culture requirement.

 

Elementary Education A.A.—Suggested course sequence

Fall
* ENGL 1613 3 cr. hrs.
EDUC 1713 3 cr. hrs.
* MATH 1613 3 cr. hrs.
* Humanities course 3 cr. hrs.
* Laboratory Science course 4 cr. hrs.

Spring
* ENGL 1623 3 cr. hrs.
* MATH 1623 3 cr. hrs.
* PSYC 1813 3 cr. hrs.
* SPCH 1553 3 cr. hrs.
* Laboratory Science course 4 cr. hrs.

Fall
* EDUC 1833 3 cr. hrs.
* Social & Behavioral Science course 3 cr. hrs.
* EDUC 2613 or CDEV 1513 or *PSYC 2553 3 cr. hrs.
* Electives 6 cr. hrs.

Spring
* Humanities courses 6 cr. hrs.
* Electives 8 cr. hrs.
* Social & Behavioral Science course 3 cr. hrs.

*Course has prerequisite.

Additional Program Information

Students planning to transfer to a university are encouraged to complete the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency at the beginning of their sophomore year at KCC. Information about test sites, registration and study guides can be found at: http://www.icts.nesinc.com/

Use The Transfer Guide

To see how your courses transfer, log on to U.Select at http://www.transfer.org/. U.Select is an online tool that will help you view program requirements, course equivalencies, and see how courses you have taken or plan to take transfer to another college or university.