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The School of Arts, Sciences & Education at the South Bend-Elkhart campus offers degrees in Biology, Psychology, General Education, Liberal Arts, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education with concentrations in Biology and Math.
Students can achieve credentials in each program that fit your life, with short- and long-term certificates giving you a way to enter a new career path quickly. Then continue on to get your associate degree to help you land a promotion.
Students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree are able to enroll in Ivy Tech’s Transfer as a Junior (TSAP) program where our associate degrees are designed to count for the first two years of a bachelor degree program at our partnering four-year universities.
The Biology TSAP Program at Ivy Tech focuses on the first two years of life and physical science course work. Students can transfer to Ivy Tech four-year partners in biology and may also pursue degrees in marine biology, environmental science or sustainability. Students gain the foundation to be competitive for the pursuit of professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, or to become a physician’s assistant. The Associate of Science in Biology also enables graduates to immediately work in a variety of jobs in the regional life science economy such as technician in university academic research laboratories, diagnostics or biomanufacturing industry positions, or to pursue work in environmental science, ecology, or conservation sectors.
The Early Childhood AAS and AS degrees are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. These programs embrace learning to teach by actively engaging in classroom activities with young children. Students explore theories and best practices in Early Childhood Education while creating appropriate curriculum and active learning experiences that meet the developmental needs of infants, toddlers, and young children.
The Elementary Education AS degree prepares teacher education students to meet the InTASC National Teacher Preparation Standards. Students will learn and apply discipline-specific content, acquire skills in teaching and authentic assessment, and practice appropriate instructional strategies in classroom settings. Students earning an Associate of Science in Education at Ivy Tech can transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in education leading to a K-6 teaching license.
Students pursuing the General Studies degree earn the Indiana College Core. Degree electives allow students to earn either a Career Certificate preparing them to directly enter the workforce or additional transfer courses maximizing transfer opportunities. Students can construct their General Studies degree in conjunction with their individual career interests, educational goals, or other needs through the choice of elective courses to round out the degree. These elective courses are chosen by the student and can be in any subject offered by Ivy Tech.
Our Liberal Arts program focuses on areas such as communication, scientific inquiry, quantitative reasoning, and ethical decision making. Students have the chance to select from a variety of courses to create a unique and personal academic pathway. The AAS and AS degrees are transfer programs that provide students and opportunity to complete the first two years of study leading to transfer into four-year institutions where they can receive a bachelor’s degree.
Communication matters. Students who earn the CT in Professional Communication gain a foundation in the communication skills which will enhance their professional opportunities. Students may use the required courses in the CT as their electives in for some of the Associate degrees. Degrees such as the AGS allow enough elective credits for students to earn this certificate while also earning their associate's degree. The certificate is also useful for the students wishing to transfer into communication bachelor's degrees at four-year partners.
Psychology instructors at Ivy Tech have a sound academic preparation in psychology and a wide variety of practical experiences in applying psychological knowledge in the workplace. The Ivy Tech psychology course curriculum is broad, ranging from Introductory Psychology to more specialized courses such as Human Sexuality and Abnormal Psychology.
The Secondary Education associate degree offer students the opportunity to complete the first two years of course-work toward an eventual teaching degree in biology or mathematics. Both of these teaching areas have been identified by the Indiana Department of Education as having current and projected shortage of qualified teachers. Students who complete the bachelor degree and teacher certification after transferring from Ivy Tech will be well-positioned to land a teaching position in Indiana or elsewhere in the country.
Interested in joining a program in the School of Arts, Sciences, and Education? Speak with our team to learn more about what an Ivy Tech education can do for your future and how it can fit in your life now.
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South Bend, IN 46601
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