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Frequently Asked Questions form Lake Land College Students Pursuing a Degree in Education- Lake Land College

Frequently Asked Questions form Lake Land College Students Pursuing a Degree in Education

How do I know what specific courses I need for transfer to an Illinois institution?

You have been assigned to a faculty advisor at LLC who will assist you with advisement each semester. You may also check out the LLC Education home page for specific education transfer checklists. Sample programs are also available in the LLC catalog.



How do I know what LLC courses will count toward graduation?
LLC courses numbered above 100 will count toward a transfer degree program; however, students need to follow the specific check list for their major. It is also important to work with your education advisor to ensure you are taking the appropriate coursework for transfer to your identified four year institution.

Where can I find an advisor check sheet showing course requirements for transfer to a specific school?
Transfer checklist guides for education majors can be located at the LLC Education home page or in LLC Counseling Services. Note: not all institutions will have developed checklists for each major. You may also contact the four-year institution for specific transfer requirements and for articulated check lists for specific majors. In general, you can locate what courses will transfer by typing “transfer guides” in the institution search engine link.

Will LLC courses numbered under 100 transfer to a four year institution?
It depends on the institution. EIU will accept as general credit any coursework that is not considered a remedial/developmental course. However, these courses will not generally apply to major coursework. Schedule an appointment with Counseling Services to determine which courses will transfer to your desired transfer institution.

How many hours beyond 64 can I take at LLC and still transfer?
Students may take additional coursework beyond the associate degree at LLC; however, it is not usually advisable to do so. The four-year institution will require upper division and/or residency requirements for graduation and additional courses may not meet requirements toward graduation for the bachelor degree.

Will I be able to transfer a grade of “D” in any of my courses or should I repeat the course prior to transfer?
In general, the Illinois State Board of Education requires a “C” or better in all coursework that counts toward an education degree (including general education requirements). It is advisable for you to repeat any courses you do not receive a “C” or better in if the course applies toward your major requirement. Be sure to see your faculty advisor if you are not sure whether a course meets a major requirement.

When Do I need to take the Illinois Basic Skills test?
In general, the Illinois Basic Skills test should be completed no later than the end of your first semester of your sophomore year. The Illinois State Board of Education requires all individuals who are accepted into a bachelor degree program for an education major must have completed and passed all three sections in the Illinois Basic Skills test. Test sections include reading, math and English. See the General Education checklist for information about how to sign up for the Illinois Basic Skills test or visit http://www.icts.nesinc.com.

How many times can I take the Illinois Basic Skills test and how much will it cost?
The Illinois Basic Skills test can be repeated up to five times.   It will be the student’s responsibility to know which portion of the test they did not receive passing scores in and will need to repeat. 

Where can I find information about studying for the Illinois Basic Skills test?
Information about the Illinois Basic Skills test can be located at http://www.icts.nesinc.com. Information is also available online at the LLC Education website under General Check List for Education Majors. You may also contact the LLC Educational Specialist in NE001 or by phone at 217-234-5488.

The Elementary Education degree requires an “area of concentration” as part of the degree requirements for graduation. What is an “area of concentration” and how many hours can I complete at LLC? What specific LLC courses will count toward my chosen “area of concentration?”
The Elementary Education degree requires that students have 15 hours in an area of concentration. Students may complete nine of the hours toward elective credit at Lake Land College. Six semester hours must be completed at the upper division level. In general the following courses will apply to each area of concentration:

English: Must include advanced composition or writing course, on course in American Literature and a course in children’s literature.

Fine Arts: Two disciplines must be represented with a minimum of two courses from each discipline. Select from Art, Music or Theater Arts.

Foreign Language: Fifteen semester hours with six hours from upper division level.

General Science: Two disciplines must be represented with a minimum of two courses from each discipline. Select from Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology and Physics.

Mathematics: Fifteen semester hours of course work other than methods courses.

Social Science: Two disciplines must be represented with a minimum of two courses from each discipline. Select from Economics, Geography, History and Political Science.

See appropriate check lists for more information regarding what courses will apply toward the Elementary Education area of concentration.



Which educational degrees require that I take EDU190 Introduction to Special Education?
EDU190 is generally required for any special education endorsement area or for certification in early childhood education. Check with your faculty advisor for more information regarding this requirement.

Which LLC classes will fulfill EIU’s diversity requirement?”
A listing of LLC courses that will meet the EIU general education graduation core is located on the EIU education web site under course substitution (http://www.eiu.edu/~transfer/coop_coursesub.php). It is also recommended that you refer to your EIU checklist for LLC courses that will meet this requirement and discuss course selections with your LLC faculty advisor or an EIU Transfer Coordinator.

What is the job outlook for teachers in Illinois? What teaching fields are most needed in Illinois? How much money can I expect to make my first year of teaching?
Information regarding teaching in the state of Illinois can be located at www.isbe.net/teachers. You may also find more information at the LLC at the LLC Education website (http://www.lakeland.cc.il.us/education).

If I complete my teaching degree at an Illinois school, will I be able to teach in another state?
States require different certification requirements; however, as long as you have received your education certification from an NACTE accredited university program, you can be hired on a temporary license while you complete the requirements for certification for that state. Contact the state board of education for the state you are considering teaching in for more information.

Do I need to belong to a professional education organization?
It is highly recommended that you participate in educational organizations throughout your educational and professional career. LLC offers an opportunity to belong to an educational organization through the Future Education Association (FEA). FEA is the internationally recognized professional education association. Meeting dates, locations and times are available at the LLC Education website (http://www.lakeland.cc.il.us/education) or you may contact Kim Davis, LLC Education Coordinator at 217-234-5471 or by email at kdavis@lakeland.cc.il.us.

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