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Transfer Degree Information

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.

Program Requirements

The following files describe in detail the requirements for this program. They are portable document format (PDF) files that can be viewed and printed with free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.


  • Teacher Preparation, Associate in Arts

When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet.


Contact Information

April Zawlocki
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2808A, (630) 942-3383

Shannon Brown
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2808B, (630) 942-3014

Health and Sciences Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2010

2+2 ProgramElementary Ed.

COD and Lewis University Enhanced 2+2 Degree Program in Elementary Education

2+2 ProgramSpecial Education

COD and Lewis University Enhanced 2+2 Degree Program in Special Education

Faculty Spotlight

  • Shannon Brown

    Shannon BrownTeacher Preparation

    "Building relationships with students is the key to educating them. My students will take away the knowledge they need to be a teacher, role model, and hero to children.”

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  • April Zawlocki

    April ZawlockiTeacher Preparation

    “I love teaching, but I also love learning, which is why I love being an educator. Working with students and seeing their love of learning inspires me to continue to work hard to ensure their success.”

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