Teachers shape future generations. From teaching academic subjects and life skills to providing encouragement when a student needs it most, today’s educators do more than simply deliver information in a classroom. They meet students where they are, engaging them in evidence-based, real-world learning experiences. They support students' social and emotional growth while encouraging their academic skill development. Great teachers prepare their students for the challenges of life.
In the Education program, you will learn the following:
How to build your content knowledge in subjects that are used in grades K-6.
What methods work best for practicing your teaching skills.
Why it is important to teach in a matter that is inclusive to all types of students.
In the Education program, graduates will be ready to become a teaching assistant or substitute teacher.
Degree Types Offered
Associate Degrees – Transferable Degrees
– known as a Technical Certificate (TC)
Note: Program availability varies by location and not all program tracks are offered at each campus/location.
TRANSFER AS A JUNIOR
Graduates of the Associate of Science in Education program also have the foundation needed to transfer to earn a bachelor's degree if desired. This is especially important for students who want to be a teacher and receive their teaching license. The best part? Not only do you get the great foundation of an Ivy Tech education, but you can also save upward of $10,000 by completing your first two years at Ivy Tech and then transferring to a four-year university.
Ivy Tech Community College’sASsociateAcceleratedProgram (ASAP for short) helps qualified high school graduates earn a two-year associate degree in just 11 months! This nationally-recognized, full-time program prepares students to transfer to a four-year college to earn their bachelor’s degree. In fact, 100% of our ASAP students have been accepted into one or more four-year colleges!
Several locations offer their Education associate degrees in this accelerated format, including:
Elementary school sets the tone for a student's educational journey. From primary colors to state capitals, children grow so much in their time from kindergarten to sixth grade. Graduates from Ivy Tech's Associate of Science in Elementary Education program have the tools to provide the best possible learning experience for their future students.
Graduates of the AS in Elementary Education can also choose to transfer to a four-year college or university where they can earn a bachelor’s degree. The AS in Elementary Education is designated as a TSAP program (which stands for “Transfer Single Articulation Pathway”), which enables students to transfer to Indiana public four-year institutions with automatic junior status. You can save upward of $10,000 by completing your first two years at Ivy Tech and then transferring to a four-year college. Talk to our transfer advocates for information about continuing your education after completing your degree at Ivy Tech.
Special education teachers give students with differing abilities the tools they need to have a great learning experience. While special needs students will have different benchmarks for success in the classroom, it is important to have educators who can ensure that they meet their goals - no matter what they might be. From dyslexia to cerebral palsy, all students deserve to have a teacher who is able to bring out the best in them and can recognize that every student belongs in a classroom.
Graduates of the AS in Special Education can also choose to transfer to a four-year college or university where they can earn a bachelor’s degree. The AS in Special Education is designated as a TSAP program (which stands for “Transfer Single Articulation Pathway”), which enables students to transfer to Indiana public four-year institutions with automatic junior status. You can save upward of $10,000 by completing your first two years at Ivy Tech and then transferring to a four-year college. Talk to our transfer advocates for information about continuing your education after completing your degree at Ivy Tech.
known as a Technical Certificate (TC)
The Elementary Education Technical Certificate (TC) gives Ivy Tech students the opportunity to earn a credential that will help them get to the classroom in about a year. With this technical certificate, you can be well on your way to a bachelor's degree in elementary education or start your career as a teaching assistant.
A completion guide provides the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week terms. For students taking fewer classes at a time, the courses are numbered to show the overall number that will be taken.
Are you a K-12 teacher? Needing to renew your license?
If you are a K-12 teacher and in need of coursework for license renewal, you can take those classes right here on Ivy Tech Community College's Fort Wayne campus. Just visit our Enrollment Center (North Campus, Student Life Center, 3701 Dean Drive, Fort Wayne) and be sure to tell us you want to enroll as a “courses only” student for continuing education (CEU). Call 260-482-9171 option 2 for more information.
Amanda M. Purcell, M.Ed. Associate Professor & Program Chair of Education, Liberal Arts, General Studies, & Student Success Acting Dean, School of Arts, Sciences, & Education (812) 537-4010 ext. 5235 email@example.com
“Beginning my higher education journey at Ivy Tech was the best decision I could’ve made for myself. I was a non-traditional student so I was very nervous to begin, but the instructors made my journey as comfortable as possible. I received so much support and was able to grow my passion for education, all while being prepared to transfer into a bachelor’s program. I have only positive thoughts for the Ivy Tech education program and I hope future students will feel as comfortable as I did, as well as succeed in their paths.”
–Mary H. | 2022 Grad with Associate Degree in Elementary Education
“Given the opportunity to participate in the Education department at Ivy Tech, I was gifted with knowledge, resources, and a portfolio that demonstrates my competency in understanding elementary-aged children in and outside of the classroom. I graduated as the most outstanding student in the arts, science, and education department, along with being president of the education outreach club and math club. The amount of extracurriculars and other opportunities the education professors provide and promote for you is unmatched by any other school. Joining the education department at Ivy Tech was the best decision of my life.”
–Brylee K. | 2022 Grad of the ASAP Program for Associate Degree in Elementary Education
“Never give up! It doesn't matter if you're struggling or not sure if you can do it. Life happens, you just have to keep pushing and keep your head up. I loved the program! I came into Ivy Tech as a 30 year old mother of 2 and working. I graduated a mother of 3, still working, and with honors. The instructors are amazing! They are flexible and will work with you if you communicate with them. I'm so glad that I chose Ivy Tech!”
–Tori G. | 2022 Grad with Associate Degree in Elementary Education
Featured Faculty & Staff
Department Chair of Public Affairs & Social Services, Associate Professor
Dr. Sarah Haisley
Department Chair of Public Affairs & Social Services, Associate Professor
Dr. Sarah Haisley
Winner of the Kokomo Service Area 2022 President's Award for Excellence in Instruction
2022 Winner for Excellence in Online Teaching
Tara is very aware that what happens outside the classroom affects what happens inside the classroom. As she teaches her future educators, she helps them understand that a student’s homelife, educational history, and learning styles influence a student’s relationship to education. She also practices that in her own classroom, engaging students to take them from where they are to where they need to be. Truly engaging in the practice of pedagogy is a hallmark of Tara’s engagement with the campus community and her students. Tara creates a positive and productive campus environment both inside and outside the classroom.
— Ethan Heicher | Kokomo Service Area Chancellor
Clifford Jack is focused on community service to the Greater Lafayette area for K-12 education. He serves on both the Greater Lafayette Commerce-Golden Apple Teaching Award Committee and Strategic Planning Team for the West Lafayette Community School Corporation. Clifford also developed a professional partnership with Junior Achievement for Ivy Tech Lafayette campus service area.
Andrea Jefferson was the winner of the Evansville area President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction in 2018 and 2022.
Mrs. Jefferson went out of her way to help me understand the material and made things not so overwhelming.
— Taylor M. | Former Student
I just wanted to thank you for the all the help you gave me throughout my two years at Ivy Tech. Coming into Ivy Tech I was never a great student or cared about school. But when I got to Ivy a tech you helped me with a lot like scheduling classes, school work, and being a really awesome teacher.
I just wanted to reach out to you and tell you how much you made me enjoy my time at Ivy Tech and how much I learned from you. So thank you for being a really awesome teacher and working with me for the past two years!" Quote from Muncie/Henry Co VCAA Emery Peck "Sarah does not just contribute to the well-being of her program, she facilitates everyone's contribution. She listens to her students, respects all ideas and determines how best to move everyone forward, improving both the process at hand and the students learning.
— Former Student
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