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Teacher Preparation Concentration

Teacher Preparation Concentration

The Teacher Preparation Concentration is a thirty-seven (37) semester hour program designed to aid students in completing an Associate of Arts degree at Oakton and transferring into a College of Education at a four-year institution to major in elementary or secondary education. The program presents a cross-disciplinary approach that allows students to begin to explore the field of teaching within a diverse, global context.

Many courses in the concentration meet the General Education requirements and have IAI transfer codes. In addition, education major courses are included that will transfer to four-year institutions. Students should consult with the program coordinator to determine articulation to specific transfer institutions. Students planning on majoring in special education should follow the Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) Degree in Special Education and students planning on majoring in secondary math education should follow the Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) Degree in Secondary Math. For Early Childhood Education, follow the Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) Degree - Early Childhood.

Students meeting the concentration requirements will have a notation added to their transcript indicating successful completion. To receive this designation, students must complete a Teacher Preparation Concentration Completion form and meet with the coordinator.

Teacher Preparation Concentration Requirements

Understanding Teaching and the Education Major – 10 credits

  • EDN 101 Introduction to Education, 3 credits
  • EDN 104 Pre-Clinical Observation in Education, 1 credit
  • EDN 210 Technology in Education, 3 credits
  • PHL 106 Ethics (IAI H4 904), 3 credits

Understanding Today’s Student – 15 credits

  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (IAI S6 900), 3 credits
  • PSY 201 Educational Psychology, 3 credits
  • EDN 180 Diversity of Schools and Society
    SOC 232 Diversity in American Society (IAI S7 903D), 3 credits
  • EDN 280 Students with Disabilities in School, 3 credits

One 3-semester credit hour course from the following:

  • EGL 224 American Ethnic Literature (IAI H3 910D)
  • EGL 225 Women and Literature (IAI H3 911D)
  • EGL 226 African-American Literature (IAI H3 910D)
  • EGL 227 Introduction to Native American Literature (IAI H3 910D)
  • EGL 228 Gender, Identity and Literature (IAI H3 911D)
  • EGL 230 Non-Western Literature in English (IAI H3 908N)

Understanding the United States and Our World – 12 credits

  • GEG 120 World Regional Geography (IAI S4 900N), 3 credits
  • HIS 111 United States History to 1877 (IAI S2 900)
    HIS 112 United States History from 1877 (IAI S2 901), 3 credits
  • HIS 140 History of Contemporary Non-Western Civilizations
    (IAI S2 905N)
    SSC 201 Introduction to Global Studies (IAI S9 900), 3 credits
  • PSC 101 American Government (IAI S5 900), 3 credits

For more information, contact Katherine Schuster, program coordinator, at 847.376.7118 or

Academic Program

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March 25
Registration opens for summer 2015.

March 29
Last day to withdraw with a "W" from 16-week courses; Students will receive a grade in all courses in which they are enrolled after March 29.

April 8
Registration opens for fall 2015 semester.

May 14, 15
Evaluation Days.

May 15
Last day of student attendance.

May 18
First summer 2015 interim classes begin.

May 18
Grading Day.
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.

May 19
Faculty grading due.

May 19

May 25
Memorial Day holiday, College closed.

June 8
Summer 2015 eight-week session begins.

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