Teacher Preparation Program

This site provides information on the role of College of DuPage in teacher preparation. Requirements and accountability have become more rigorous over the past few years. It is important for you to stay current with the ongoing changes once you decide to become a teacher by working with a and Education faculty member and an advisor from the transfer institution of your choice. 

PLEASE NOTE: changes at the state level happen frequently. the best way to stay informed is to be in contact with an Education faculty member.


Paraprofessional in Education

The Paraprofessional in Education certificate is designed to prepare individuals to take on the role of a paraprofessional, also known as a teacher's assistant, in a K-12 classroom. Students will take a variety of classes to introduce them to aspects of teaching and learning that will help them to be successful as a paraprofessional. Additional requirements must be met for Illinois licensure. This certificate requires 27 credits in program requirements and electives.

Teaching Online Utilizing Technology (TOUT) Certificate (Education)

Want to be a Teacher?

View our webinar:

Get the answers to frequently asked questions:

  • Where do I start?
  • New licensing structure
  • Employment outlook in education
  • Salary ranges for elementary, middle school and secondary school teachers
  • Steps to becoming a teacher

For further information, please contact the faculty listed on this page.


Updated Education Information

Illinois State Board of Education

Illinois Certification Testing System

DuPage County Regional Office of Education


Gainful Employment Information

View information about this program, including estimated cost and employment opportunities.


Contact Information

April Zawlocki
Associate Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H01E, (630) 942-3383

Shannon Brown
Associate Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H01D, (630) 942-3014

Christine Jandak, Program Advisor
Teacher Preparation Program
Counseling and Advising Services
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H01F
Email: jandakc@cod.edu
Direct line: (630) 942-2981
For appointments, contact Counseling & Advising

Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-2010

Tout Certificate


Teaching Online Utilizing Technology (TOUT) Certificate

The TOUT Certificate, offered only online, provides hands-on experience in designing and implementing online course materials within a learning management system.

2+2 ProgramElementary Ed.

COD and Lewis University Enhanced 2+2 Degree Program Options in Elementary Education


  • Spotlight: Teal Russeau

    Teal RusseauTeacher Preparation

    “Reading and writing have been my strengths since a young age, and my love for learning has greatly influenced my choice to become a high school English teacher. Honestly, I truly believe that my choice to attend COD was the best decision I have made in my life thus far.”

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  • Spotlight: Kerensa Schwarz

    Kerensa SchwarzTeacher Preparation

    "If I had to offer any advice to people thinking about entering any program at College of DuPage, I would advise them to do it sooner rather than later. The more I thought about taking the first step, the harder it became. The professors at COD are the best and the partnership with Lewis is wonderful. It is very affordable. Just take the first step. I wish I had taken mine many years ago."

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  • Spotlight: Ashley Young

    Ashley YoungTeacher Preparation

    After graduating from COD in 2015 with her associate's degree, Ashley Young plans to transfer to Lewis University through the enhanced 2+2 program for Special Education and Elementary Education.

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  • Spotlight: Emily Witek

    Emily WitekTeacher Preparation

    "Personally, I am learning how to be more and more independent through going to COD. Educationally, I am able to take classes that are actively engaging and challenging. They apply to my major and will transfer to U of I. It's great being at one of the best community colleges out there."

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