English Education, Associate in Arts

Program Code: 0210


The English Education pathway begins your preparation to teach English to high school students. English teachers are also required to earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program and obtain a Professional Educators License with an English endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education. Get started now by earning your associate degree from City Colleges, transfer to a four-year teacher certification program as a junior, and start a career in English education.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing English Education. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit www.itransfer.org and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

For information regarding teaching, licensure and certification requirements for the State of Illinois, please visit www.isbe.net. It is important to note that students must pass Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) test, or have 22 composite ACT score and minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion, or have a composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language for entrance into four-year College of Education institutions.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 118
General Education Math 1
or Introductory Statistics
Literature course 1,2 3
EDUC 101 Introduction To Education 3 3
Fine Arts course 1 3
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
Literature course 1,2 3
POL SCI 201 The National Government 1 3
EDUC 102 Using Technology in The Class 3 3
Pathway Elective 3 3
Semester 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
Life Sciences course 1 3-4
History of American People To 1865 1
or History of American People From 1865
Select one of the following: 3
Literature course 2,3
Creative Writing course 3
Elective 3
EDUC 203 Educational Psychology 3 3
Semester 4
Select one of the following: 3
General Psychology 1  
Physical Sciences course 1 3-4
Select one of the following: 3
Students With Disabilities in School 3  
Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Literature course 2,3
Creative Writing course 3
Elective 3
ANTHRO 202 Cultural Anthropology 1 3
 Total Hours61-63

General Education Requirement


One Literature course should be LIT 130 Children's Literature.


Pathway Elective

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.