Whether your plan is to take classes and transfer to a four-year university or enter one of our career programs designed to get you into the workforce right away, Rock Valley College has what you are looking for. Select from one of our more than 60 transfer areas or more than 30 career programs.
Whether you are new to the college or know your way around, we have a variety of services designed to help you succeed. We're here for you every step of the way.
Have fun. Try stuff. RVC gives you opportunities to get involved. There are lots of student activities to choose from. We offer more than 20 clubs and organizations. Try your hands at student government. Join the staff of our campus newspaper. What's it going to be?
At Rock Valley College, you're not just a number. Our highly respected faculty have master's degrees, doctorates and real-world experience. You won't be competing for attention in a huge lecture hall. Our average class size is 21, so you'll get a chance to interact, challenge and be challenged by your instructors.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 11 national championships and we have had more than 130 All-Americans.
Northern Illinois University
Bachelor of Science in Education
Teachers impact the lives of all students and have the opportunity to give back to their communities. The NIU B.S.Ed. degree, with a major in elementary education, prepares students to teach in grades K-9 and qualifies graduates for Type 03 Illinois Elementary Education Certification. Applicants to this program who have an associate's degree should complete the required pre-elementary education major courses. Students progress through the program in cohort groups.
Elementary education course work is cross disciplinary and moves from theory to practice. Multiple field-based experiences with diverse populations allow students to apply their knowledge and skills as they practice in a variety of school settings.
Elementary Teacher Education
The impact, inspiration and knowledge that an educator conveys to a child are part of the most important developmental experiences in that child's life. At National-Louis University's Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program--available at the Chicago, Elgin, Evanston and Lisle campuses--prepares you as a prospective elementary educator for the challenges and rewards of this vital role. The program exceeds State of Illinois requirements for the Standard Elementary Certificate and offers a truly unique opportunity for demonstration-observation experiences.
Successful completion of a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Teacher Education degree through National-Louis University enables you to apply for certification within the State of Illinois at the kindergarten through ninth grade levels. As of August 1, 1995, Illinois is a member of the Interstate Compact Concerning Qualifications of Education Personnel; therefore, completion of this degree program and certification through National-Louis University will make you eligible for teacher certification in 36 states.