College of DuPage, Valley City State University offer technology and engineering education degree transfer pathway

College of DuPage leaders and representatives from Valley City State University in North Dakota recently celebrated the successful launch of a new 3+1 Technology and Engineering Education bachelor’s degree agreement.

COD Associate Professor of Teacher Preparation April Zawlocki, Ed.D., said the agreement provides a new and revolutionary way to earn a teaching degree.

“This agreement is groundbreaking because it provides access to education for future technology and engineering educators who would not be able to pursue a teaching degree due to finances or location,” she said. “Students can earn an entire degree for what one year of higher education costs at other institutions.”

The program, which launched last fall, provides COD students with access to a teaching degree through VCSU at a significantly reduced cost.

Students enrolled in the program complete three years of classes at COD and one year at VCSU, the latter taught virtually. In addition, student teaching is completed at an institution local to the student.

Students can choose between concentrations in automotive; construction; electro-mechanical technology; electronics; engineering drafting and design; graphic design; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; manufacturing; and welding.

Graduates of the program will earn an Associate in Arts degree from COD and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a major in Technology Education and a STEM Certification from VCSU.



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For more information about the 3+1 bachelor’s degree agreement with VCSU, contact Zawlocki at [email protected] or Christine Jandak at [email protected]

Registration is open for the College’s fall term, which begins Monday, Aug. 22, and includes a 16-week, 12-week and two eight-week sessions.

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