The presidents of Lincoln Land Community College and Illinois College signed an agreement today allowing elementary education majors to start at LLCC, transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree at IC in a total of four years, prepared to become licensed teachers.
This is the first transfer agreement between the two institutions. Dr. Charlotte Warren, president of LLCC, and Dr. Barbara Farley, president of IC, said students will be prepared for a career field that, due to retirements, is expected to see a rise in the need for replacements over the next five to 10 years.
“We enjoy a close proximity to Illinois College with our LLCC-Jacksonville Outreach Center, and many of our graduates throughout the years have chosen to continue their education at IC,” said Dr. Warren. “Today we’re pleased to formally sign an articulation agreement to facilitate transfer of LLCC students to IC for the completion of a baccalaureate degree in elementary education.”
Dr. Warren noted that students seeking a career in elementary education will be able to attend LLCC for the first two years, earning an associate degree, while also taking two education classes at IC. The LLCC students taking classes at IC will pay tuition at the current LLCC tuition rates.
“The preparation of elementary teachers is so critical to the well-being of our society,” said Dr. Farley. “To give these students the opportunity to have a great education at Lincoln Land and make a seamless transfer to Illinois College will make a big difference in many of them being able to achieve their dreams.” She told Dr. Warren, “We want to see your students flourish and succeed at Illinois College.”
IC will automatically admit into its Teacher Preparation Program any LLCC student who completes the associate degree focused on elementary education and successfully meets academic requirements. The agreement ensures these students graduate with a baccalaureate degree and are prepared to earn an Illinois teaching license with endorsement in elementary education in a total of four years.
Projections compiled by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce indicate that due to upcoming retirements, there will be an increase in the number of replacement teachers needed in elementary and middle grades in the LLCC district over the next five to 10 years (Five years: +437; 7 years: +610; 10 years: +866).
Both college presidents indicated this is the start of further agreements between the two institutions.