Exterior view of Student Resource Center

Valley City State University: Academic Plan

A convenient, affordable and streamlined approach to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Education .

Who can enroll in the program?

  • Students who have completed or intend to complete an Associate in Arts (AA) degree at COD.
  • New students to College of DuPage (COD) who indicate their intent to enter the 3+1 program.
  • Students who graduated from COD with an AA degree and went elsewhere can be considered for admission for this 3+1 program if they complete any necessary prerequisites. A transcript evaluation needs to be completed by both schools.

How does the program work?

  • Students will complete 64 hours of coursework at COD to complete the Associate in Arts (AA) degree plan below.
  • Upon completing the AA degree, students then complete 18 credit hours of additional COD courses.  Completing 3 technology concentrations while also enrolled at Valley City State University (VCSU).
  • Students then complete 39 credit hours of  VCSU Technical Education coursework offered in an online formate.
  • Students should apply for admission to VCSU one semester prior to enrolling in any VCSU coursework.
  • All classes are held at the COD Glen Ellyn campus and online.
  • The final 39 Valley City State University credit hours are offered at a discounted tuition rate through the Midwest Exchange Program.
  • Graduates of the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Technology Education with a major in Technology Education and a STEM Certification.  
  • Graduates will be licensed in North Dakota.  Additionally College of DuPage faculty will work with Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to provide reciprocity for gradates of this program to be listened in Illinois.  

The Advantage

The 3+1 program allows for students to complete their Associate in Arts (AA) degree. Once completed, students are then allowed to take additional courses beyond the AA degree from College of DuPage (COD) paying our much lower tuition rates. The final year of classes are taught by Valley City State University faculty and are offered in an online formate 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 of Arts (AA)
  • Area of Concentration: Technology and Engineering Education
  • Total Credits at College of DuPage: 64 

Courses for Years 1 and 2

Associate in Arts Degree Student Planning Worksheet 

While perusing the AA degree students will need to incorporate 6 prerequisite Education and two Technology Concentration courses listed the table below into their AA degree.  See example term-by-term plan below.  

Maximum transferable credits Sub-total: (AA degree plus preselected education courses)
Prerequisite Education Courses Credit Hours
EDUCA 1100 - Introduction to Education* 3
EDUCA 1150 - Technology Integration in K-12 Schools* 3
EDUCA 2201 - Education for Exceptional Children* 3
EDUCA 2220 - Instructional Psychology* 3
EDUCA 2230 - Diversity in K-12 Schools* 3
PSYCH 2237 - Developmental Psychology: The Life Span* 3
Technology Concentration Courses* 6

 

Year 3 COD Courses 

  • Technology Concentrations: Automotive; Construction; Electro-Mechanical, Electronics; Engineering, Drafting, and Design; Graphic Design, HVAC, Manufacturing, and Welding. 
  • Total Additional College of DuPage Credit Hours: 27 

All students need to complete 3 technology concentrations to equal at least 27 credit hours.  Any credits over 27 that come from the concentrations will be applied as electives to reach the 120 credit hours graduation requirement at Valley City State University.  Students should review the COD course catalog and consult with a COD Counselor or Advisor for course planning.  Concentration tables do not include prerequisite courses.    

Total Semester Credit Hours: 7
Automotive Concentration Credit Hours
AUTO 1040 - Automotive for Non-Majors 3
AUTO 1100 - Intro to Automotive Service Technology 1
AUTO 1110 - Engine Design and Operation 3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 22
Construction Concentration Credit Hours
ARCH 1101 - Basic Architectural Drafting 3
ARCH 1111 - Building Materials  4
ARCH 1121 - Architectural Design Communication 4
ARCH 1131 - Introduction to Architectural Design 4
ARCH 1141 - Construction Methods I 2
ARCH 1211 - Basic Computer-Aided Drafting-AutoCAD 3
ARCH 2142
Construction Methods II
2

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 12
Electro-Mechanical Concentration  Credit Hours
ELMEC 1101 - Survey of Automation 3
ELMEC 1141 - Hydraulics and Pneumatics 3
ELMEC 1171 - Introduction to Robotic Technology 3
ELMEC 1190 - Intro to Programmable Logic Controllers 3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 19
Electronics Concentration   Credit Hours
ELECT 1100 - Electricity and Electronics Fundamentals 3
ELECT 1101 - Circuits I 3
ELECT 1110 - Introduction to Technology 2
ELECT 1111 - Introduction to Robotics 3
ELECT 1141 - Digital Fundamentals 3
ELECT 1161 - Modern Communications 3
ELECT 1201- Renewable Energy Fundamentals 2

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 7
Engineering, Drafting, and Design Concentration Credit Hours
ENGIN 1100 - Engineering Orientation 1
ENGIN 1101 - Engineering Graphics and Design 3
ENGIN 2203 - Mechanics of Materials 3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 12

Graphic Design Concentration Credit Hours
GRDSN 1100 - Drawing for Design 3
GRDSN 1101 - Digital Graphic Applications 3
GRDSN 1102 - Graphic Design 1 3
GRDSN 1106 - Three-Dimensional Design 3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 9
HVAC Concentration   Credit Hours
HVACR 1100 - Refrigeration Principles 3
HVACR 1105 - Intro to Safety, Materials & Equipment 3
HVACR 1110 - Into to Electricity and HVACR Controls 3
 
Total Semester Credit Hours: 15
Manufacturing Concentration Credit Hours
MANUF 1101 - Industrial Design/CAD 3
MANUF 1151 - Machine Shop I 3
MANUF 2202 - Solid Modeling and Design 3
MANUF 2253- Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) 3
MANUF 2271 - Robotic Application 3
 
Total Semester Credit Hours: 12
Welding Concentration  Credit Hours
WELD 1100 - Welding I 3
WELD 1112 - Oxy-Fuel, Welding, Plasma Cutting and Br 3
WELD 1122 - Shielded Arc Welding (SMAW) 3
WELD 1132 - Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Carbon Steel Welding 3
 

Total COD Credit Hours Transferred: 82  ( AA degree + Technology Concentrations)

To make the most of transferable credit, student will begin use electives in the AA degree to being the Technology Concentrations.  See example plan below. 

Year 4 Valley City State University Coursework

  • Bachelor of Science in Technology Education with a major in Technology Education and a STEM Certification
  • Total Valley City State University Credit Hours: 39
Sub-total: 39
Courses Credit Hours
EDUC 249 - Intro to VCSU 1
EDUC 352 - Culturally Diverse Practicum  1
TECH 300/330L - Exploring Technology 
(2cr/Lab 1cr/Lec)
3
STEMED 331/331L - Innovation and Engineering Design Design
(2cr/Lec 1cr/Lab)
3
TECH 356 - Safety and Management in Technical Education 3
STEMED 450 - Engineering the Future  3
EDUC 375 - Teaching & Reading Content Area   2
EDUC 450 - Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues 2
STEMED 411 - STEM Curriculum & Methods  3
TECH 416/416L - Innovations in Technology 
(2cr/Lec 1cr/Lab)
3
STEMED 431/431L - Design for Engineering
(2cr/Lec 1cr/Lab)
3
EDUC 351 -  Secondary Practicum and Classroom Management 1
EDUC 480 Student Teaching
(12 Weeks) 
10
TECH 491 - Senior Portfolio  1

Total Credits for Graduation: 120 credit hours

Students should consult with an advisor or counselor to map their academic plan. Students should also refer to specific program admission requirements as stated in their respective college/university catalogs and departmental web pages.

Any credits over 27 that come from the concentrations will be applied as electives to reach the 120 credit hours graduation requirement at Valley City State University.

Term-by-term Plan

  • COD total credits: 64 hours.
  • Includes 6 prerequisite Education and two Technology Concentration courses
Total Hours: 13-14
1st Semester Courses Credit Hours
EDUCA 1100 - Intro to Education* 3
PSYCH 1100 - Intro to Psychology 3
ENGLI 1101 - English Comp I 3
Gen Ed Math+
(IAI Math) 
3-4
EDUCA 1820 - Selected Topics I 1
Total Hours: 15-16
2nd Semester Courses Credit Hours
EDUCA 2201 - Education for Exceptional Children* 3
ENGLI 1102 - English Comp II 3
EDUCA 2220 - Instructional Psychology* 3
IAI Biology Course with Lab  3-5
Technology Concentration Course (see tables above)*  3
Total Hours: 15-16
3rd Semester Courses Credit Hours
SPEEC 1100 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
PSYCH 2237 - Developmental Psychology: The Life Span* 3
IAI Physical Science Course  3-5
PHILO 1110 - Ethics  3
Technology Concentration Course (see tables above)* 3
Total Hours: 15
4th Semester Courses Credit Hours
SBS Gen Ed
(See Faculty  Advisor or Program Advisor) 
3
Humanities/Fine Arts  3
Humanities/Fine Arts  3
EDUCA 1150 - Technology Integration in K-12 Schools* 3
EDUCA 2230 - Diversity in K-12 Schools* 3
Technology Concentration Course(s)
(see tables above)* **
3

Completion of AA Degree

Students may elect to lighten their course loads during the first four semesters and beyond by taking some of their COD courses over the summer term.

*Students should work closely with their COD Counselor, Advisor, or Faculty Advisor to properly incorporate prerequisite Education and Technology Concentration courses into AA degree.  

** Students should work closely with their COD Counselor, Advisor, or Faculty Advisor to select additional Technology Concentration courses fulfill AA degree graduation requirements.  

+Students should work closely with their COD counselor, Advisor, or Faculty Advisor to ensure proper math course is taken to complete the AA degree.

Student need to complete 3 Technology Concentrations.

Students also need to apply for graduation from the AA degree program at COD. Not doing so will result in not receiving financial aid.

  • Valley City State University total credits = 39 and COD total credits = 24
  • Courses listed in italics are Valley City State courses; all other courses are COD courses.
Total Hours: 14
5th Semester Courses Credit Hours
Technology Concentration Course (see tables above) 3
Technology Concentration Course (see tables above) 3
Technology Concentration Course (see tables above) 3
Technology Concentration Course (see tables above) 3
EDUC 249 - Intro VCSU  1
EDUC 352 - Culturally Diverse Practicum 1
Total Hours: 15
6th Semester Courses Credit Hours
Technology Concentration Course (see tables above) 3
Technology Concentration Course (see tables above) 3
Technology Concentration Course (see tables above) 3
Technology Concentration Course (see tables above) 3
TECH 300/330L - Exploring Technology
(2cr/Lab 1cr/Lec)
3
Total Hours: 9
7th Semester Courses Credit Hours
STEMED 331/331L - Innovation and Engineering Design Design
(2cr/Lec 1cr/Lab)
3
TECH 356 - Safety and Management in Technical Education 3
STEMED 450 - Engineering the Future 3
Total Hours: 14
8th Semester Courses Credit Hours
EDUC 375 - Teaching & Reading Content Area 2
EDUC 450 - Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues 2
STEMED 411 - STEM Curriculum & Methods 3
TECH 416/416L - Innovations in Technology
(2cr/Lec 1cr/Lab)
 3
STEMED 431/431L - Design for Engineering
(2cr/Lec 1cr/Lab)
3
Total Semester Credit Hours: 12
9th Semester Courses Credit Hours
EDUC 351 - Secondary Practicum and Classroom Management 1
EDUC 480 Student Teaching
(12 Weeks)
10
TECH 491 - Senior Portfolio 1

Completion of Bachelor of Science in Technology Education with a major in Technology Education and STEM Certification. 

Students may elect to lighten their course loads during the first four semesters and beyond by taking some of their COD courses over the summer term. 

Please note all COD coursework must be completed before the student's final Valley City State University year 

Students utilizing financial aid must apply and be accepted into Valley City State University prior to taking any classes beyond the AA degree. It is recommended that students using financial aid should begin applying to Valley City State University one semester before completing the AA degree and ask for the financial aid consortium agreement. 

Important Notes

  • Students are encouraged to meet with a College of DuPage counselor or advisor for help planning for the College of DuPage portion of the program.
  • Courses are not listed in sequence. Please consult your academic advisor and the current course schedule to determine when courses should be taken.
  • A student must earn a minimum of 120 credit hours to qualify for graduation with a bachelor's degree. At least 39 of the 120 credit hours for graduation must be completed through Valley City State University. Students follow the degree requirements for the catalog year in which they enter Valley City State University.
  • Any Technology Concentration credits over 27 hours will be applied as electives to reach the 120 credit hours graduation requirement at Valley City State University.
  • Students must complete the Associate of Arts (AA) and that includes the 6 prerequisite Education and two Technology Concentration courses. 
  • Student need to complete 3 Technology Concentrations.
  • Students also need to apply for graduation from the AA degree program at COD. 
  • Students cannot take College of DuPage courses during their last semester before graduation from Valley City State University.   
  • Students utilizing financial aid must apply and be accepted into Valley City State University prior to taking any classes beyond the AA degree. It is recommended that students using financial aid should begin applying to Valley City State University one semester before completing the AA degree and ask for the financial aid consortium agreement. Students also need to apply for graduation from the AA degree program at COD. Not doing so will result in not receiving financial aid.

*Students should work closely with their COD counselor, Advisor, or Faculty Advisor to properly incorporate prerequisite Education and Technology Concentration courses into AA degree.  

** Students should work closely with their COD Counselor, Advisor, or Faculty Advisor to select additional Technology Concentration courses fulfill AA degree graduation requirements.

+Students should work closely with their COD counselor, Advisor, or Faculty Advisor to ensure proper math course is taken to complete the AA degree.

Contact Information

April Zawlocki
Associate Professor
College of DuPage
zawlockia@cod.edu | (630) 942-3383
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2H01E

Christine Jandak
Program Advisor
College of DuPage
jandakc@cod.edu | (630) 942-2981

Jason Dockter
Department Chair, Technology Education
Valley City State University
(708) 701-845-7447
Jason.dockter@vcsu.edu