Elementary Education

To become a teacher, a student must graduate from an accredited teacher training institution. Students can attend Iowa Central for their first two years and then transfer to a public or private college for the remaining two years. After completing the necessary coursework, students at Iowa Central can receive an Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in Elementary Education. Iowa Central’s education curriculum combines a strong arts and science core with professional courses in education. This curriculum provides general education coursework, specific skills training, and direct experience working with children and young people in a school setting. The student who completes an Associate of Arts degree at Iowa Central with a concentration in Elementary Education will be prepared to function in a variety of supportive roles as part of an educational team.

Our education students have gone to a wide variety of senior colleges and universities. Iowa Central students are prepared to do well and have become award-winning educators. Our graduates regularly attend all major colleges in Iowa as well as the three regent universities. They are employed as classroom teachers, administrators, counselors, and librarians. Course work at Iowa Central has provided a strong foundation to support their efforts.

Elementary Education Careers

  • AEA Staff
  • Child Care Workers
  • College & University Faculty
  • Counselors
  • Educational Administrators
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Elementary School Teachers
  • Extension Agents
  • Kindergarten Teachers
  • Librarians
  • Middle School Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Vocational/Technical Staff

Student-Teacher Internship Opportunities

Iowa Central’s Elementary Education Program includes a student-teacher internship in a local elementary school.  Students enrolled in the course, Education and the Teaching Process, are required to complete an internship in a selected elementary school.

This is a great way to gain valuable hands-on experience in elementary schools and other childhood facilities.  At Iowa Central, you’ll have access to the best tools possible for helping children learn to navigate the future.  Our unique Elementary Education Program and internship goes well beyond traditional coursework.  You will not only explore learning theory from some of Iowa’s leading authorities, you’ll get real-world practice in helping children learn through your college experience.

Studying at Iowa Central and participating in our internship program will be an experience you’ll never forget.  It will be an experience that will help you make a real difference in the lives of children.

Course Schedule

The coursework at Iowa Central is one of the most extensive programs for elementary education offered by any community college in Iowa. The following is a suggested plan of study for students majoring in Elementary Education.

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
EDU-213 Intro to Education
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
POL-111 American National Government
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
XXX-XXX Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
PHI-145 Intro to Ethical Conflicts
3.0
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
BIO-103 Intro to Biology Lab
1.0
XXX-XXX History Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
EDU-235 Children's Literature
3.0
EDU-255 Technology in the Classroom
3.0
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
4.0
XXX-XXX History Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
EDU-115 Education & the Teaching Process
4.0
PSY-281 Educational Psychology
3.0
MAT-117 Math for Elementary Teachers
3.0
GEO-121 World Regional Geography
3.0
REL-105 Intro to Religion
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 64.0

Staff

Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu
Jenny Shivers Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1252 shivers@iowacentral.edu