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Become a Teacher in Two Years

With your previous college credit or a degree, you can earn your Professional Educator License in two years. Positively impact the lives of students when you become a teacher. Request an information packet.

Overview and Tuition

Trinity education students are among the most qualified teachers in the field, and our excellent reputation with school districts helps our graduates in securing a teaching position. Our graduates are highly effective teachers in over 50 districts, in both public and private schools.

Trinity offers teacher education programs leading to the following teaching licenses in the state of Illinois:

  • Elementary (K-9 license)
  • Secondary (6-12 license) in biology, business, chemistry, English, history, and mathematics
  • Special programs (K-12 license) in art, music, physical education, and Spanish

If you have a bachelor’s degree or higher, you will earn a Professional Educator License. If you do not yet have a bachelor’s degree, you will earn both a bachelor’s degree in education and a Professional Educator License.

Tuition is $575 per credit hour for undergraduate coursework; total tuition $27,600. Tuition includes all rental books. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For the cohorts beginning at the Chicago location in 2014, Trinity is offering a special tuition discount. Friends or colleagues who begin the education program together will receive a 15% tuition discount.

Trinity Christian College is accredited by and is a member of The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (www.ncahlc.org or 800.621.7440).  Trinity’s teacher preparation program is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education.


Students must transfer in at least 65 hours of previous college credit  (grade of “C” or better) and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students must also pass or be registered for the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency before beginning the program.

Specific transfer courses needed are:


American History *

Western Civilization **

English Composition       



Intro to Biology (must include lab)      

Intro to Physical Science
(must include lab)         

Cross-Cultural Elective ***  


* Waived with BA-BS for Secondary Ed   
** Waived with AA-AS-BA-BS for both  
*** 3 hrs waived with AA-AS-BA-BS; need 6 Hours for Secondary Ed


Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Life Span Psychology

Math Concepts for Teacher I

Math Concepts for Teacher II

Earth Science

Children’s Literature

American Government

World Geography


Minor - 18 Hours minimum in chosen subject area (see list for options) 


Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Life Span Psychology


Major - 36-59 Hours in chosen subject area (see list for options)

List of Minors for Elementary Professional Educator License candidates – Select from: Accountancy, Art History, Art Studio, Biology, Biopsychology, Black Studies, Business, Chemistry, Church Music, Church Ministry Leadership, Coaching, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economic Studies, English, Entrepreneurship, ESL/Bilingual, Finance, Graphic Design, Health Education, History, Marketing, Mathematics, Math Education, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Speech and Communication, Theater, Theology, Urban Studies, Writing.

List of Majors for Secondary Professional Educator License candidates – 6-12 Secondary Select from: Biology, Business, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics.

K-12 Specialist Select from: Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish.


You will attend class one night a week, from 6-10 PM, on the same night each week. Classes range from 5 to 7 weeks, allowing you to concentrate on one class at a time and to complete your program in two years. Courses will build on a variety of subject areas in a set sequence.

Course Number

Course Name

Course Length

AEDU 203

Introduction to Education

5 weeks

AEDU 209

Technology in Education

6 weeks

AEDU 303

Educational Psychology

5 weeks

AEDU 380

General Methods

6 weeks

ATHL 103

Biblical Perspectives

5 weeks

AEDU 310

Elementary Literacy

5 weeks

AEDU 311

Secondary Literacy in the Disciplines

5 weeks

AEDU 202

Fine Arts in Education & Physical Education

5 weeks

AEDU 216

Intro to Exceptional Children

5 weeks

AEDU 315

Elementary Methods – Math

2 weeks

AEDU 316

Elementary Methods - Social Studies  

2 weeks

AEDU 318

Elementary Methods – Science

2 weeks

AEDU 319

Secondary Methods (student’s specialization determines content area)

6 weeks

APHL 104

Christian Worldview

6 weeks

AEDU 312

Middle Grades Philosophy and Literacy

5 weeks

AEDU 450 /455

Student Teaching

17 weeks

AEDU 454

Contemporary Issues Seminar*


Start Dates and Locations

For your convenience, Trinity offers the Adult Studies Illinois Educator Preparation Program on its main campus in Palos Heights and in Chicago’s South Loop at 1550 S. State Street. Both locations have free, on-site parking.

The Program begins every January and September on both locations and additionally in June in Palos Heights.


To apply, complete an application for admission and submit with the $25 application fee and official college transcripts.  If you meet with an Adult Studies representative or attend an information session and bring your college transcripts, your $25 application fee will be waived.