Elementary Education Pre-major

Program Coordinator: Katherine Schuster, 847-376-7118 or schuster@oakton.edu

The following Pre-major is recommended for students who are considering completing a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education after transferring to a four-year institution. It is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Education Pre-majors are strongly encouraged to choose a transfer school as soon as possible. Once a transfer school is selected, students are encouraged to follow the specific notes for that school, consult the Education Coordinator and the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success at Oakton, as well as the College of Education at the desired transfer school.

A grade of “B” or better is required by Colleges of Education in EDN courses and PSY 201. An overall GPA of 2.75 or higher is required for admission to most Colleges of Education. Students are highly encouraged to ensure they have the required minimum ACT or SAT scores set by their transfer College of Education, prior to graduating from Oakton. Students complete at least 45 pre-clinical hours in local K-12 schools as part of their Education courses at Oakton. Students are encouraged to use summer/winterim/interim sessions in order to spread out the work load. Maintaining the sequence of courses is recommended.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the Program Coordinator. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transition, and Student Success for part-time Pre-major recommendations. Students placed in developmental English or Math are encouraged to maintain the recommended sequence of courses over more semesters. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
EDN 101 Introduction to Education (Includes 15 pre-clinical hous) 3
EGL 101 Composition I 3
MAT 128 Foundations of Mathematics for Elementary Teacher I (offered in fall semesters only) 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Ancient and Medieval Philosophy  
Modern and Contemporary Philosophy  
Select one of the following: 5 3
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 2  
Introduction To Psychology  
Introduction To Sociology 3  
Introduction to Global Studies 2  
Semester Two
EDN 104 Pre-Clinical Observation in Education (Optional) 1
EDN 180 Diversity in School and Society 3 3
EGL 102 Composition II 3
MAT 129 Foundations Of Math For Elementary Teachers II (offered in spring semesters only) 3
HIS 111
United States History To 1877
or United States History from 1877
Select one of the following: 6 3
African-American Culture and the Arts 3  
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3  
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 3  
Sociology Of Marriage and Family: Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment 3  
Sociology of Sex and Gender 3  
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 3  
Introduction To Ethnic Studies 3  
Fundamentals Of Acting  
Second Year
Semester One
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
EDN/PSY 201 Educational Psychology (Includes 12 pre-clinical hours) 3
EDN 210 Technology in Education (offered in fall semesters only) 8 3
Select one of the following: 7 4
Introduction to Life Science (lab)  
Introduction to Environmental Science (lab) 2  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Global Literature 2  
Multicultural Literature in the U.S. 3  
Gender, Identity and Literature 3  
Women and Literature 3  
Introduction to African-American Literature 3  
Introduction to Native American Literature 4  
Semester Two
EAS 100 Introduction to Earth Science (lab) 4
EDN 280 Students with Disabilities in School (offered in spring semesters only; includes 20 pre-clinical hours) 3
PSC 101 American Government 3
Select one of the following: 9 3
World Regional Geography 2  
History Of Contemporary Non-Western Civilizations 2  
World Religions 2  
International Relations 2  
Select one of the following: 3
Art History: Art of the Non-Western World 2  
Introduction To Art  
Introduction To Music  
Introduction To Theater  
Introduction to World Music 2  
Music Literature And History  
 Total Hours62-63

Transfer-related Notes:

Note: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. For degree requirements see Associate in Arts (A.A.)