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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. 

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


Teaching Online Utilizing Technology (TOUT) Certificate (Education)

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

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

View our webinar to learn about:

  • How to start the program 
  • New licensing structure
  • Employment outlook in education
  • Salary ranges for elementary, middle school and secondary school teachers
  • Steps to becoming a teacher


If you are unable to contact a faculty member, messages may be left with the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2010.


Contact Information

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

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

Christine Jandak, Program Advisor
Teacher Preparation Program
Counseling, Advising and Transfer 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