Degrees & Certificates in Teaching
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION - Degree
Associate in Arts Degree
The schedule of courses suggested will meet education course requirements at several universities. It also provides a well-rounded general education for education students. All universities have specific requirements which are not reflected by the courses below. Students should check with a counselor for requirements at specific universities. According to ICCB guidelines, students must earn a “C” or better in all courses housed in this program.
► Total = 64 Hours
1 Prerequisite course(s) may be required based test scores.
2 Do not register without consulting advisor.
3 MATH 1130 and MATH 2110 must both be taken to meet IAI core requirements and to guarantee full transfer to a four-year university.
All Education majors are required to pass the Constitution exam prior to graduating from Rend Lake College. Students are encouraged to take and pass the TAP test prior to RLC graduation. Illinois universities require TAP completion prior to enrollment in the Teacher Ed program courses.
SECONDARY EDUCATION – Degree
Associate in Arts Degree or Associate in Science Degree
Individuals planning to teach in high school can obtain a standard high school certificate in most fields of study. Typical majors are art, biological sciences, chemistry, English, mathematics, social studies and speech.
During the first two years of study at Rend Lake College, students should complete requirements for an Associate in Arts Degree or Associate in Science Degree in their major areas. Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 2101), American History (HIST 2102), American Government (POLI 2101), a literature course and a third-world culture course are required as part of the general education requirements. After selecting their majors, students are advised to refer to that section of the Rend Lake College catalog and follow the guidelines for their particular two-year transfer programs.
After transferring to a four-year institution, students will spend the third and fourth years completing a standard major and minor, taking a series of professional education courses and completing a student teaching assignment.
All Education majors are required to pass the Constitution exam prior to graduating from Rend Lake College.