Teacher Preparation Program
This site provides information on the role of College of DuPage in teacher preparation and a general overview of the teacher certification process in Illinois. Requirements and accountability have become more rigorous over the past few years. It is important for you to stay current with the ongoing changes once you decide to become a teacher by working with a COD advisor and an advisor from the transfer institution of your choice. This site is as accurate as possible; however, information is subject to change without notice. Visit our web site often for updates.
Teaching Online Utilizing Technology (TOUT) Certificate (Education)
The TOUT Certificate, offered only online, provides hands-on experience in designing and implementing online course materials within a learning management system. You will focus on instructional design, visual literacy, online assessments, and current collaborative and multimedia practices while designing accessibly compliant, engaging learning materials. Types of Jobs: K-12 teacher, college faculty, professional development trainer, industry educator, and managers using technology in their work.
Paraprofessional in Education
The Paraprofessional in Education certificate is designed to prepare individuals to take on the role of a paraprofessional, also known as a teacher's assistant, in a K-12 classroom. Students will take a variety of classes to introduce them to aspects of teaching and learning that will help them to be successful as a paraprofessional. Additional requirements must be met for Illinois licensure. This certificate requires 27 credits in program requirements and electives.
Want to be a Teacher?
Come to a College of DuPage Teacher Prep Advising Session.
Get the answers to frequently asked questions:
- Employment outlook in education
- Salary ranges for elementary and secondary school teachers
- Steps to becoming a teacher
- Courses to take in preparation for transfer to a four-year school
- Basic Skills Test requirement
For further information regarding sessions, please contact the faculty listed on this page.
Illinois State Board of Education
Illinois Certification Testing System
DuPage County Regional Office of Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2808A, (630) 942-3383
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2808B, (630) 942-3014
Health and Sciences Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2010
The TOUT Certificate, offered only online, provides hands-on experience in designing and implementing online course materials within a learning management system.
2+2 ProgramElementary Ed.
COD and Lewis University Enhanced 2+2 Degree Program in Elementary Education
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