Education

Interested in being part of the social and intellectual development of children?  The education field might be a great fit for you!

Early Childhood Education - AAS

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare students to secure one of the many careers available in early childhood education. Graduates of the program may work with children from birth to eight years of age in a variety of settings such as child care centers, preschools, child development homes, or public and private schools. Students may elect to complete either the Educator Licensure/Transfer Pathway or the Child Care Management Pathway of the Early Childhood Education AAS. Students who intend to teach in a Pre-K through third-grade setting will need to transfer to a teacher licensure institution.

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Early Childhood Education - AAS -Child Care Management Pathway

The Child Care Management Pathway of the Early Childhood Education Associate of Applied Science Degree is designed to address the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) competencies so students will be prepared to work in licensed and accredited child care centers or pre-school settings. Students may work in a management capacity as well as the courses will prepare them for the administrative functions of managing a child care facility.

This Pathway will expose students to classroom settings and content related to curriculum design; child health, safety, and nutrition; community organizations and resources; strategies to build relationships with parents and students; program administration and management; and child development.

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Early Childhood Education - Bridge to Educator Licensure

The Early Childhood Education Bridge to Licensure will allow a student who completes the Early Childhood Education - Child Care Management Pathway an opportunity to complete additional general education courses that will then allow a student to continue onto a university to the complete a baccalaureate degree resulting in educator licensure. The Bridge may be taken simultaneously to enrollment in the Pathway, or the courses may be taken after completion of the Pathway. An articulation agreement has been established to ensure a smooth transfer to Iowa Wesleyan into the Elementary Education Teacher Education Program.

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Early Childhood Education - Educator Licensure/Transfer Pathway

The Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare students to secure one of the many careers available in early childhood education. Graduates of the program may work with children from birth to eight years of age in a variety of settings such as childcare centers, preschools, child development homes, or public and private schools. Students may elect to complete the Educator Licensure/Transfer Pathway of the Early Childhood Education AAS. Students who intend to teach in a Pre-K through third-grade setting will need to transfer to a teacher licensure institution. In addition, this program addresses the competencies and functional areas necessary for students to begin the assessment and testing process for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential administered by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition.

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Elementary Education Transfer Major - AA

The Elementary Education AA degree transfer major AA prepares students with a foundation in education principles, theory and practice, and exposes them to complex problems and relations in the field of education. Teachers play an essential role in fostering the intellectual and social development of children in their formative years. Using a variety of active learning approaches, teachers help students understand abstract principles, solve problems, and develop critical thought process. Teaching grades K-6 educators provide the tools and the environment for their students to develop into responsible citizens.

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Secondary Education Transfer Major - AA

The Secondary Education AA degree transfer major prepares students with a foundation in education principles, theory and practice, and exposes them to complex problems and relations in the field of education. Teachers play an essential role in fostering the intellectual and social development of children in their formative years. Using a variety of active learning approaches, teachers help students understand abstract principles, solve problems, and develop critical thought process. Teaching grades 5-12 educators provide the tools and the environment for their students to develop into responsible citizens.

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