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Elementary Education

About the Program

Elementary Education is an Associate in Arts transfer program housed in the Social Science Division. It is intended for students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain an Illinois State Board of Education Type 03 - K through 9th grade certificate.

Students who wish to obtain certification for grades 6 through 12 should select electives from an area of concentration in which they want to teach. Concentration areas include Art, English, Foreign Languages, Language Arts, Social Students, Math, Music, Science, or Performing Arts.

Students should work closely with a CLC Counselor to identify coursework that will meet CLC, transfer school, and certification concentrations.

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Program Highlights

Program Costs & Financial Aid

  • Tuition: $128 per credit hour (in-district for Fall 2022)
  • Estimated Tuition Cost per Semester: $1,536 
    (12 credit hours)

This program is eligible for financial aid.

Transfer Options

Program Options & Length

  • Associate in Arts in Elementary Education:
    24 months (2 years)

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Career & Salary Snapshot

  • Salary Range: $64,000-$84,000 per year*
  • Career Outlook: Up to 5% projected national growth (2021 to 2036)**

* **Source: EMSI

Types of Classes & Locations

  • Class format: Online
  • Have flexibility to complete coursework without scheduled meetings while staying actively engaged in a fully online environment.

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Is this program right for you?

A career as an elementary school teacher may be right for you if you answer “yes” to these questions:

  • Are you passionate and dedicated to the idea of teaching children?
  • Are you willing to work hard to achieve the goal of becoming a teacher ?
  • Do you have good oral and written communication skills? Do you have general knowledge of math and technology? Do you like reading? Are you willing to work hard to obtain and enhance these skills?
  • Are you patient, well-organized, and enjoy being creative?

Why study at CLC?

  • CLC provides all the required general requirements for the elementary education degree that a four year college/University does for a reasonable tuition rate.
  • CLC offers a full range of elementary education courses taught by instructors who have teaching experience in both the private and public school sectors.
  • CLC Elementary Education instructors are fully devoted to teaching rather than research. Your success is their primary goal.
  • The Elementary Education department can offer you the advantages of small classes where you can get to know the instructor personally.
  • The Elementary Education department can provide qualified advice regarding transfer options for elementary education degrees at four-year colleges/universities.

On Your Way to an Associate Degree in Education

Dr. Michelle Proctor, Associate Professor of Education explains how teachers at CLC facilitate learning. "We are colleagues, we are working and we are teammates together. Kids still need to see the possibilities in themselves. They still need really great teachers."