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Teachers and classroom aides are some of the most important people in the lives of children. They not only provide an academic foundation for students, they give the support and encouragement young people need to succeed.

Harper College offers several degree and certificate programs designed to prepare you for immediate employment or career advancement as a classroom educator or assistant, or to prepare you to transfer to a four-year university complete a bachelor's degree. Programs include Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Paraprofessional Educator, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

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The associate degree program at Harper prepares you to transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelor's degree in education. By earning your two-year teaching degree at Harper and transferring, you can save more than $18,000 vs. four years at an in-state public university.

Get real-world experience through Harper's partnerships with nearby schools or the Early Childhood Laboratory School, Harper’s onsite preschool.


Explore our programs

Harper College offers a number of teaching and education-related career and transfer programs. To get started, select one of the program areas below:

Interested in another subject? If you are interested in transferring to study a teaching or education-related subject not listed here, please meet with an academic advisor to learn what courses to take to meet your academic goals.

Latest News

Get the latest news about Harper's education programs.

Varshitha Akella and Taiah Guess

Two Harper College students received the National Collegiate Honors Council’s Freddye T. Davy Student Scholarship, providing support for the students to attend and present at the organization’s annual conference. Read More

Harper College Fall North

Starting this fall, Harper College will offer a Health Education Teaching Endorsement for teachers and an Audio/Video Arts Technology Certificate, unlike any program available in Illinois. Read More

Guillermo Quillo Speaking

Guillermo "Memo" Quillo was surprised by the resources available to him at Harper College, from learning cohorts to accessible professors to international study. Read More

Stephanie Whalen AACC Award

AACC named Dr. Whalen, the chair of Harper College’s Academy for Teaching Excellence, a finalist for its 2022 Awards of Excellence because of her leadership to close equity gaps. Read More

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Kyoko Shida and her children are moved by Harper College employees’ passion for education and students’ dedication in the face of great financial need. Read More

Get Started

To get started with education courses, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, submit a request information form, or submit an online application now.

Last Updated: 11/4/22