Last updated 6/29/15
Associate in Arts Code 1014
Students planning to major in elementary education, special education or early childhood education at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum for education pre-teaching. In order to be accepted in the Illinois Teacher Preparation Programs, students must pass the TAP (Test of Academic Proficienty) test or the ACT test (to a certain standard). Students taking the suggested courses gain experience and information which can help them determine whether their career goals align with teacher certification programs. The completion of the course of study outlined below will satisfy the graduation requirements of Black Hawk College.
Since all universities require specific courses for education majors, students should identify the school of transfer early. Because requirements in all education curricula frequently change and usually vary by institution, students should consult a BHC advisor each term and, in addition, talk with an education advisor at the transfer school to confirm appropriate course selection throughout their course of study at Black Hawk College. The courses listed below do not apply to every transfer school.
Education Pre-Teaching (Elementary) AA
Associate in Arts Codes 1014
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
Elementary Education or Special Education
1,2ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
PSYC 101 — Introductory Psychology (3)
1,2SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)
3Life Science (4)
1,2ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
HIST 105 — History of the United States to 1877 or (3)
HIST 106 — History of the United States Since 1877
1,2MATH 100 — Math for Elementary Teachers I (3)
POLS 122 — American National Government (3)
4 Fine Arts (3)
EDUC 202 — Multicultural/Soc Found of Ed (3)
1,2MATH 200 — Math for Elementary Teachers II (3)
PE 260 — Physical Education Grades 1-6 (3)
6,7PSYC 200 — Human Growth and Development (3)
4Physical Science (4)
EDUC 210 — The Exceptional Child (2)
ENG 240 — Children’s Literature (3)
8HEAL 102 Living in a Changing World (2)
3Life or Physical Science (4)
5Non-Western Studies (3)
9,11 Elective (3)
Minimum total hours required for degree (64)
Notes for elementary education students planning to transfer to WIU (Associate in Arts Codes 1040). A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is needed for admission and continuance in the Teacher Education Program at WIU. In addition, a grade of “C” or better is required in all directed general education courses, all core courses and all courses in the major. These notes are not intended to be a contract with WIU. This information is subject to change. Final responsibility for verifying transfer information lies with the student.
1Grade of C or Better required.
2Part of entrance requirements to teacher education.
3Students must have a total of 8 semester hours in science; at least one course must be a laboratory science course. Typically, students meet this requirement by taking laboratory courses in physical and life science.
4Select MUSC 153 or MUSC 154.
5Select GEOG 105
6Elementary education students select PSYC 200. Early childhood education students select CD 100 (fall only) and CD 200 (fall only). WIU Early childhood education majors do not take PSYC 200 or PSYC 290.
7Early childhood education students take CD 202 (spring only) and CD 203 (spring only).
8A human well being course is not reqired for students transferring to WIU after earning the AA or AS degree.
9If earning a math endorsement from WIU, select MATH 100, MATH 124, MATH 225, CS 121, CS 225 or CS 251
10Select ART 100
Students must consult with transfer institution as early as possible in their college career.