Guide and inspire tomorrow's leaders

Prepare for a meaningful career as a teacher by building a strong foundation in the essentials. Learn to provide a person-centered approach to teaching and learning. Find purpose with a rewarding career where you make a positive difference in the lives of children and adolescents.

At CLC, start your journey to become an educator in the teaching level you are most passionate about—early childhood education, elementary education, special education or secondary education.

Why study Education with us?

Courses focus on active learning through real-world teaching and assessment techniques. Learn problem-solving skills in a variety of real-life teaching environments.

Classes visit local schools and include hands-on activities such as lesson plan creation and portfolio artifacts. You also have opportunities to attend study abroad trips to work in schools overseas.

You benefit from:

  • strong transfer agreements with 4-year schools
  • field experiences in local school districts
  • Partnerships with local schools = job opportunities!
  • curriculum emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • classes taught by expert professors with local K-12 experience


  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Transfer Degree

For students planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university for a bachelor’s degree.

These programs are built around general education classes that lead to an associate degree designed to transfer to a 4-year school. CLC participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) to ensure that approved courses will transfer to other participating colleges and universities. Transfer degrees typically take 2 years* to complete.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

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Your College & Career Navigator (CCN) is your "go-to person" ready to help you get started at CLC.

Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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Elementary Education

Associate in Arts
Transfer Degree

Courses in the program

We offer a wide range of courses in teaching, child development, educational psychology, language development and early literacy, diversity in schools and society—and so much more!

Meet our instructors

Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.

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Be debt-free at CLC

CLC has some of the lowest tuition around. Financial aid and scholarships are available—even for working adults.

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Discover majors and career paths to complement and extend your intuitive interests and abilities.

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