Education 

Why study education?

Do you think you know about teaching? There is a lot more to teaching than most people imagine. At some point in your life, chances are high that you have thought about being a teacher. It is never too late to transform into a difference maker. Act now to prepare yourself for a great future—a teacher shortage in Illinois is projected by 2020. Start your education studies at Parkland, specializing in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, or Special Education.

At Parkland, you'll have the advantage of small class sizes, taught by master faculty—never teaching assistants. Your success is our priority.

Classes

Introduction to Education (EDU 101): will provide you with a strong base of understanding about the teaching profession so that you can make an informed decision as to whether the career is right for you. In this introductory class, you develop a solid foundation of knowledge through a 30-hour field experience in the schools, the textbook, and best practice instruction of engaging activities in class.

Technology for Educators (EDU 103): helps future teachers and licensed teachers alike solidify best practice use of technology in education. It also explores the possibility of online instruction.

Introduction to Special Education (EDU 104): has been known to prepare students for the differentiation encountered in the classroom as well as, or better than, some upper level education courses. It is the only community college special education course on the state-approved list of special education courses satisfying that requirement for out of state license holders looking to convert their license to a teaching license in Illinois.

Concentrate your studies in Early Childhood Education, Elementary, High School, or Special Education, or prepare yourself to be a stronger candidate for a paraprofessional position.

Will my classes transfer?

Parkland College classes with an even middle digit (such as ENG 101, MAT 128, and BIO 141) are accepted for transfer as general education classes, major courses, or electives as determined by the transfer institution. 

For more information about transferring, speak with an academic advisor and visit the Parkland Course Matrix.

Curriculum

Learn more about how these courses fit into a transfer degree or the general education core curriculum (GECC).


Early Childhood Education

Associate in Arts (A.A.)
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Elementary Education

Associate in Arts (A.A.)
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Secondary Education - A.A.

Associate in Arts (A.A.)
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Secondary Education - A.S.

Associate in Science (A.S.)
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Special Education - A.A.

Associate in Arts (A.A.)
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Special Education - A.S.

Associate in Science (A.S.)
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