Pictured above: Lewis’ collaboration with College of DuPage will benefit students in the education program.
Adam Smetana and Ryan Tadych, Contributors
The College of DuPage and Lewis University recently announced a new Enhanced 2+2 Degree program that will give students a chance to earn their associate degree from COD and bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education from Lewis University in only four years.
“Since it takes most transfer students five years to complete an education degree, we made it a priority to develop this agreement so that students can complete the degree in four years,” said Jill David, Transfer Coordinator at College of DuPage. “Hence, the ‘Enhanced 2+2’ model was created.”
The first four semesters of classroom and practicum-based coursework will be taught by COD instructors in Glen Ellyn, while the fifth semester of advance-level instruction will be taught by Lewis University faculty on COD’s campus. Semesters six and seven are offered at Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville and the eighth semester of this program will include student teaching at Lewis University’s partnering school locations near COD’s main campus in Glen Ellyn.
Many College of DuPage and Lewis University deans, administration, and faculty met to discuss ways in which students could maximize the amount of credits they receive at COD while making the transition to Lewis University easier after the completion of these classes.
“[The partnerships] allow COD students to complete three years of coursework at COD that is accepted by Lewis. Lewis faculty then teach the fourth year of coursework on the COD campus, all while providing students a significant tuition discount,” explains David. “Essentially, students can complete the entire bachelor degree without having to leave the COD campus!”
Professor Pam Jessee, Lewis University’s Dean of College Education, has high hopes for the partnership.
“We have had the opportunity to build collaborative relationships with the excellent faculty and administrators there and to work toward this goal of creating a program that will greatly benefit the students as well as the P-12 communities that surround both Glen Ellyn and Romeoville,” said David.
David believes this opportunity may lead to further interest in the education field amongst students as well as push them in the right direction to graduate with their degree.
“My hope is that students, who may not have considered it a possibility (whether for financial or logistical reasons) will now consider following their calling to teach!” said David. “I’m confident that we have developed a great opportunity for students to follow through from start to finish.”