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Lewis University: 2+2 Elementary Education

A convenient, affordable and streamlined approach to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.

Who can enroll in the program?

  • Students who have completed an Associate in Arts (AA) degree with the specific required courses. (See specific course list below)
  • New students interested in completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Lewis University in partnership with COD.
  • Students who graduated from COD and went elsewhere can be considered for the program if they complete an Associate in Arts degree with the required courses. A transcript evaluation needs to be completed by both schools.

How does the program work?

  • This program results in bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for a state of Illinois Professional Educator License with an endorsement in Elementary Education, grades 1 to 6.
  • The first semester of Lewis University classes are usually held on the COD campus.
  • All required field experiences for Lewis courses are assigned by Lewis University.
  • Lewis University College of Education programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • With this 2+2 program, students pay College of DuPage tuition for College of DuPage courses.
  • Lewis University courses are offered at a significantly reduced tuition rate.

The Advantage

The Enhanced 2+2 program allows students to complete their AA degree from College of DuPage. Once completed, our students are then allowed to take additional courses beyond their degree from COD paying our much lower tuition rates transferring up to 72 hours to Lewis University. The 2 years of classes are taught by Lewis University faculty with the first semester of courses offered on College of DuPage's campus and the remaining semesters at Lewis University's campus at a significantly reduced rate, making the goal of continuing an education a reality for more students. This program exemplifies College of DuPage's mission to make education more affordable for its students while stressing academic quality, first-class faculty and extraordinary learning environments.

  • Degree: Associate in Arts
  • Total Credits at College of DuPage: 64

Courses for Years 1 and 2

 

Maximum transferable credits Sub-total:64-66
Courses Credit Hours
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
ENGLI 1102 English Composition II 3
SPEECH 1100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
IAI PHYSICAL SCIENCE and lab* 4-5
IAI LIFE SCIENCE and lab* 4-5
MATH 1321 Math for Elementary Teachers I 4
MATH 1322 Math for Elementary Teachers II 4
PSYCH 2280 Statistics for Social Sciences 3
IAI HUMANITIES
(One recommended to be in the fine arts)
9
ENGLI 1157 Children's Literature
OR
EDUCA 2211 Survey of Literature for Children
3
POLITICAL SCIENCE 1101 American Politics 3
HISTO 1130 History of US to 1865 3
HISTO 1140 History of US since 1865 3
PSYCH 2220 Educational Psychology
OR
EDUCA 2220 Instructional Psychology
3
EDUCA 1101 School Procedures I 3
EDUCA 2201 Education for Exceptional Children 3
PHILOSOPHY 1110 Ethics 3
Transfer oriented elective course to finish AA
Recommended: EDUCA 1100 Intro to Education
3

*One science course must have a lab

** Students should consult with College of DuPage Program Advisor on selection of these courses to maximize opportunity to achieve an Associate in Arts degree.

Completion of AA degree

 

 

Additional Semester Courses

Total Semester Credit Hours: 8 -12
Courses Credit Hours
Any non-duplicative COD course 3
Any non-duplicative COD course 3
Any non-duplicative COD course 3
Any non-duplicative COD course 3

Students need to complete 8 -12 additional credit hours from any non-duplicative COD courses to transfer in the max of 72 COD credit hours. 

 

Total Semester Credit Hours Transferred from College of DuPage = 72 Credit Hours

 

 

Year 3 & 4 Lewis University coursework

  • Degree: BA Elementary Education
  • Total credits at Lewis University: 57 Credit Hours
  • First semester of Lewis University classes are usually held on the COD Glen Ellyn campus
Sub-total: 57
Courses Semester Hours
ELED20000 Field Experience 1: Community & School Immersion 1
ELED30000 Field Experience II: Classroom Management 1
ELED34000 Methods & Content of Teaching Science, Health & Movement 3
ELED35200 Methods & Content of Teaching Mathematics 3
ELED35300 Early Reading & Writing Methodologies 3
ELED35300 Early Reading & Writing Methodologies 3
ELED40000 Field Experience III: Diversity in Education 1
ELED41000 Classroom Assessment and Intervention  3
ECED33500 Introduction to Linguistics & Language Development   3
SCED30400 Integrating Educational & Assistive Technology into the Classroom 3
ENLE31000 Foundations of Teaching ELL 3
LED48000 Clinical Practice and Seminar: Elementary     9
THEO10000
OR
THEO10600 Theology
3
20000 Level Theology
OR
SOCI29000 Diversity & Social Justice   
3
ELED37200 Integrating the Fine Arts in Education 1
ELED47100 Content Area Literacy and Reading Strategies 3
NLE32600 Methods & Materials for Teaching English as a New Language
(For ELL Endorsement)
3
ENLE41400 Assessment of ELL
(For ELL Endorsement)
3
ENLE44200 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teachers of ELL 
(For ELL Endorsement) 
3
Elective 2-3

Total Credits for Graduation: 128 credit hours

Term-By-Term Plan

  • Degree: AA degree 
  • Total Credits at College of DuPage: 64
  • Additional prerequisite courses: 8
Total Hours: 16
1st Semester Courses Credit Hours
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
 SPEEC 1100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
EDUCA 1100 Intro to Education  3
 MATH 1321 Math for Elementary School Teachers I 4
PSYCH 1100 Intro to Psychology 3

 

Total Hours: 16-17
2nd Semester Courses Credit Hours
 ENGLI 1102 English Composition II 3
 POLS American Politics 3
MATH 1322 Math for Elementary School Teachers II  3
Life Science Gen. Ed. (IAI course)  4-5
 EDUCA 2201 Education for Exceptional Child 3

 

Total Hours: 18
3rd Semester Courses Credit Hours
**Physical Science Gen. Ed. (IAI course)  3
 ** Fine Arts Gen. Ed. (IAI course) 3
HISTO 1130 U.S. History Until 1865  3
EDUCA 1101 School Procedures  3
 PSYCH 2280 Psychology Statistics 3
**Humanities Gen. Ed (IAI course) 3

 

Total Hours: 18
4th Semester Courses Credit Hours
ENGLI 1157 Children's Literature   3
EDUCA 2220 Instructional Psychology   3
 HISTO 1140 U.S. History 1865-Present  3
 PHILO 1110 Ethics  3
**Humanities Gen. Ed(IAI course)   3
 *Transfer oriented elective course to finish AA  3

 Completion of AA Degree: 64 credit hours

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 8-12
5th Semester Courses Credit Hours
Any non-duplicative COD course  3
Any non-duplicative COD course  3
Any non-duplicative COD course  3
Any non-duplicative COD course  3

Students need to complete 8 -12 additional credit hours from any non-duplicative COD courses to transfer in the max of 72 COD credit hours.

This is a recommended course sequence for students interested in pursuing the Enhanced 2+2 Elementary Education program with College of DuPage and Lewis University. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. It is recommended that students meet with the College of DuPage Human Services Program Advisor every semester.

Students may elect to lighten their course loads by taking some of their COD courses over the summer term.

Students using financial aid must complete the associate of AA degree requirements prior to taking the additional Semester COD coursework

 

Students will obtain a personalized academic plan from Lewis University. 

Important Notes

  • *One science course must have a lab
  • **Students should consult with College of DuPage Program Advisor on selection of these courses to maximize opportunity to achieve an Associate in Arts degree.
  • This is a recommended course sequence for students interested in pursuing the Enhanced 2+2 program with College of DuPage and Lewis University. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. It is recommended that students meet with the College of DuPage Program Advisor every semester.
  • A student must earn a minimum of 128 credit hours to qualify for graduation with a bachelor's degree. At least 57 credit hours of the 128 credit hours for graduation must be completed through Lewis University. Students should follow the degree requirements for the catalog year in which they enter Lewis University. In order to satisfy all General Education requirements students may complete more than 120 hours. Please refer to the student planning worksheet at www.cod.edu/counseling for COD's AA degree requirements.
  • College of DuPage students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0 scale before enrolling in any Lewis University Education courses.

Contact Information

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200
(630) 942-2259

Request Advising

Christine Jandak
Program Advisor
College of DuPage
For an appointment, call (630) 942-2259 

Angie Caldwell
Transfer and Adult Admission Counselor
Lewis University
(815) 836-5699