Associate in Arts Degree

Secondary Education

The following curriculum is designed to satisfy the basic lower division requirements for secondary education. Students are encouraged to complete their Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in secondary education prior to transfer. Since secondary education is not a major at the baccalaureate level, students need to select a content area major and minor from among those disciplines taught in high school. Courses in the major and minor should be selected in consultation with an advisor. Students also are urged to meet with an academic advisor each semester to review course selections and transfer plans.

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

Program coordinator: Jessica Reardanz, jreardanz@kcc.edu or phone 815-802-8374.

Secondary Education Major (4 courses)
Credit hours: 12

  • EDUC 1713 - Introduction to Public Education
  • * EDUC 1763 - Technology in Education
  • * EDUC 1833 - Students with Disabilities
  • EDUC 2613 - Educational Psychology

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 (3 courses)
Credit hours: 12

Choose three IAI laboratory science courses, with at least one course from physical science and at least one course from the life science category.

Mathematics General Education (1 course)
Credit hours: 3-5

Choose one IAI mathematics course from the following five options. Consult your transfer university to determine the appropriate course.

  • * MATH 1704 - Contemporary Mathematics
  • * MATH 1713 - Finite Mathematics
  • * MATH 1774 - Statistics
  • * MATH 1833 - Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
  • * MATH 2515 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Humanities General Education (3 courses)
Credit hours: 9

Choose three IAI humanities courses, with at least one course from general humanities and at least one course from the fine arts or interdisciplinary category. ENGL 2613 - Ancient and Medieval World Literature is recommended as one of the courses.

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

  • * PSYC 1813 - Introduction to Psychology
  • * PLSC 1513 - American Government

    In addition, choose one of the following six options:

  • * ANTH 1713 - Introduction to Anthropology
  • * GEOG 1513 - World Regional Geography
  • * HIST 2513 - History of the United States to 1877
  • * HIST 2523 - History of the United States from 1877 to present
  • * HIST 2533 - Latin American History (Independence to Present)
  • * SOCY 2513 - Sociology

Electives (4-7 courses)
Credit hours: 10

Choose 10 credit hours of courses from any transfer-level elective area. A maximum of four credit hours can come from physical education activity courses, such as PHED 1512. EDUC 2533 - Foundations of Reading and EDUC 2513 - Diversity in Schools are recommended.

MINIMUM CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR COMPLETION - 64

*Course has prerequisite.

Secondary Education A.A. — Suggested course sequence

Fall
* ENGL 1613 3 cr. hrs.
* PSYC 1813 3 cr. hrs.
EDUC 1713 3 cr. hrs.
* Laboratory Science course 4 cr. hrs.
* Humanities course 3 cr. hrs.

Spring
* ENGL 1623 3 cr. hrs.
* SPCH 1553 3 cr. hrs.
* PLSC 1513 3 cr. hrs.
* EDUC 1833 3 cr. hrs.
* Laboratory science course 4 cr. hrs.

Fall
* EDUC 2613 3 cr. hrs.
* Non-Western culture Social Science course 3 cr. hrs.
* Humanities course 3 cr. hrs.
* Mathematics course 3-5 cr. hrs.
* Elective 4 cr. hrs.

Spring
* EDUC 1763 3 cr. hrs.
* Humanities course 3 cr. hrs.
* Laboratory science course 4 cr. hrs.
* Electives 6 cr. hrs.

*Course has prerequisite.

Additional Program Information

Because of new IAI mandates for secondary education majors, students are encouraged to contact their transfer institutions as soon as possible during their college enrollment.

Students planning to transfer to a university are required to complete the Illinois Basic Skills test at the beginning of their sophomore year at KCC.

Testing dates, registration and study guides can be found at: http://www.icts.nesinc.com/

Among required courses in this curriculum, one course meets Illinois Articulation Initiative Major-Specific requirements for secondary-education majors. Visit http://www.itransfer.org/ or a KCC academic advisor for more information.

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.