Secondary Education – Science or Math 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 Secondary Education in a Science or Math field 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, Transitions, 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
EGL 101 Composition I 3
MAT 250 Calculus I 5
EDN 101 Introduction to Education (includes 15 pre-clinical hours) 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
General College Biology I (Biology students)  
General College Chemistry I (Chemistry students)  
Ethics (Math students)  
 Hours14-15
Semester Two
EGL 102 Composition II 3
MAT 251 Calculus II 4
Select one of the following: 4
General College Biology II (Biology students)  
General College Chemistry II (Chemistry students)  
General College Chemistry I (Math students)  
Select one of the following: 3
Multicultural Literature in the U.S. 2  
Gender, Identity and Literature 2  
Women and Literature 2  
Introduction to African-American Literature 2  
Introduction to Native American Literature 3  
African-American Culture and the Arts 2  
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 2  
 Hours14
Second Year
Semester One
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
PSC 101 American Government 3
EDN/PSY 201 Educational Psychology (Includes 12 pre-clinical hours) 3
Select one of the following: 4-5
General College Chemistry I (Biology students)  
Organic Chemistry I (Chemistry students)  
Calculus III (Math students)  
Select one of the following: 3
Ethics (Biology or Chemistry students)  
United States History To 1877 (Math students)  
United States History from 1877 (Math students)  
 Hours16-17
Semester Two
ANT 202 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 1 3
Select one of the following: 4
General College Chemistry II (Biology students)  
General College Biology I ( Chemistry or Math students)  
Select one of the following: 3-5
Introduction to Earth Science (Biology students)  
Organic Chemistry II (Chemistry students)  
Linear Algebra (Math students)  
Select one of the following: 3
United States History To 1877  
United States History from 1877 (Biology or Chemistry studentS)  
Students with Disabilities in School (Math students. Offered in spring only; includes 20 pre-clinical hours)  
Select one of the following: 3
Art History: Art of the Non-Western World 1  
Introduction To Art  
Introduction To Music  
Introduction To Theater  
Introduction to World Music 1  
Music Literature And History  
 Hours16-18
 Total Hours60-64

Note 1: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in Arts (A.A.) page for degree requirements.
Note 2: Secondary Education students major in the area they plan to teach, once they transfer to a College of Education (e.g., high school English teachers major in English, History teachers major in History, etc.). In addition, students will complete the required Education methods courses and student teaching at the transfer institution. To determine which courses to take within the area of study, students should consult their intended transfer institution and the Oakton pre-major in that discipline, if available. Some transfer institutions limit the overall number of credits they will accept as transfer toward a particular degree (e.g. a limit of 3 History courses allowed to transfer toward a BA in History). If the student has reached that limit and has not yet completed 60 credits toward an AA degree at Oakton, the student should choose general elective credits related to their field instead of credits in their discipline of study.