Department Co-Chair: Katherine Schuster, 847.376.7118,

The following pathway is recommended for students who are interested in becoming Paraprofessional Educators in K-12 educational setting.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the department co-chair or the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

Note: Students who earn an A.G.S. and plan to transfer to a baccalaureate program may be subject to a line-by-line audit of their completed coursework to determine transferability.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester One (Fall)Hours
EDN 101 Introduction to Education 3
EGL 101 Composition I 3
PED 101 First Aid 2
Semester Two (Spring)
EDN 180 Diversity in School and Society 3
PED 102 Living With Health 2
EGL 102
Composition II
or Introduction to Business and Technical Writing
Semester Three (Summer)
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
Select one of the following: 3
United States History to 1877  
United States History from 1877  
American Government  
Second Year
Semester One (Fall)
EDN 210 Technology in Education 3
Select one of the following: 2
Word Processing Using Word  
Advanced Word Processing and Publishing  
Fundamentals of the Internet  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Business and Consumer Mathematics  
General Education Mathematics  
Foundations of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I  
Elementary Statistics  
Semester Two (Spring)
Select one of the following: 3-4
Introduction to Life Science  
A Survey of Ecology 1  
Introduction to Environmental Science 1  
Essentials of Nutrition  
Introduction to Earth Science  
Physical Geology  
Introduction to Weather and Climate  
Physical Geography  
Select one of the following: 3
Social Problems 2  
Sociology of Sex and Gender 3  
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 3  
Semester Three (Summer)
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 1  
World Regional Geography 1  
Cultural Geography 1  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Art  
Introduction To Music  
Introduction to Theater  
Women and Creativity 3  
Introduction to Film  
Global Cinema 1  
Third Year
Semester One (Fall)
EDN/PSY 201 Educational Psychology 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Global Literature 1  
Multicultural Literature in the U.S. 3  
LGBTQ+ Literature 3  
Women and Literature 3  
Introduction to African-American Literature 3  
Introduction to Native American Literature 2  
African-American Culture and the Arts 3  
Introduction to Philosophy  
Religious Diversity in America 3  
World Religions 1  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Basic Sign Language  
Drawing I  
Painting I  
Ceramics I  
Watercolor I  
Fundamentals of Acting  
Modern Language Course (2021 or higher) 4
Semester Two (Spring)
EDN 280 Educating Exceptional Learners 3
Select one of the following: 3
Personal Finance  
Time and Stress Management  
Human Relations in the Workplace  
Conflict Management  
Select one of the following: 3
Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures  
Basic Sign Language II  
Family Systems and the Addictive Process  
Substance Use and Related Disorders  
 Total Hours60-63

Note: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.) page for degree requirements.