By selecting courses in education and education-related areas, students will
- prepare for a major in early childhood, elementary or secondary education;
- examine the issues, skills, rewards and problems of the teaching profession;
- examine issues related to the American educational system; and
- analyze issues related to student learning and development.
Students pursuing a degree in education usually work as teachers at the elementary or secondary level. Further career options include guidance counselor, educational consultant, educational administration, coaching and other careers connected to both public and private school systems.
Preparation for IHCC:
Students planning a career in education should take four years of high school English because a great deal of reading and writing is expected in both the academic training of teachers and in their professional careers. A strong grounding in other core academic subjects such as math, science, and social studies is also quite necessary to successful academic preparation for an educational career. Familiarity with computers is also a necessity for those interested in teaching. Additionally, students interested in pursuing an education major should consider electives in developmental and educational psychology. It is also advisable for students considering a career in education to volunteer in the public schools and find opportunities to work with children in an educational setting in order to make an informed career decision.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the education program at the institution to which they plan to transfer and work with an IHCC academic counselor to plan a program that meets those requirements.