The Teacher Preparation program at College of DuPage meets the needs of students planning to teach in elementary, secondary or special education settings. Education courses also are good background for careers in youth counseling, criminal justice, and PTA leadership or to better understand your own children's schooling experience.
Students who successfully complete an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree at College of DuPage can transfer to a state-approved teacher education program in which they complete the education requirements for Illinois teacher certification.
Specialized methods courses and upper division courses must be taken at the transfer school. It is important to check with your COD program advisor and communicate with your transfer institution to confirm program requirements.
If you have a bachelor's degree in a field other than education and seek a teaching certificate, you will be taking general education courses identified by a baccalaureate-granting institution of your choice. You may be able to take some of these courses at COD
Application for an Illinois teaching certificate is begun upon completion of an approved teacher education program at a baccalaureate-granting institution.
Criminal Background Check
While at COD, students may be required to undergo a criminal background check, at their expense, as a requirement of the school where they do their classroom observation. This will become a mandatory requirement once they transfer to a four-year school and begin their student teaching.
The following files describe in detail the requirements for this program. They are portable document format files that can be viewed and printed with free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.
Please consult a faculty member listed below before beginning your coursework.
- Teacher Preparation, Associate in Arts
When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet.
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H01E, (630) 942-3383
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H01D, (630) 942-3014
Christine Jandak, Program Advisor
Teacher Preparation Program
Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H01F
Direct line: (630) 942-2981
For appointments, contact Counseling & Advising
Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06