Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Teacher Licensure
Students who intend to complete an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Teacher Licensure and transfer to a four-year institution should consult with an Indian Hills Academic Advisor and the four-year institution to determine any additional requirements at the four-year institution.
The Early Childhood Teacher Licensure Transfer Major provides a foundation for students interested in education. Graduates of the Early Childhood Teacher Licensure Transfer Major will receive an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Teacher Licensure.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Examine the impact historical events, perspectives and history overall has had on education.
- Develop critical thinking skills.
- Evaluate current trends or issues that could impact educating children.
- Determine the use of technology in effective teaching.
- Discuss and analyze personal competencies needed to be a professional educator.
- Elaborate on the diversity found in education.
Students pursuing a degree in education may work as teachers at elementary (K-6) or secondary levels (7-12) and with an early childhood endorsement teach in Preschool to 3rd grade. Licensed teachers have many other options for employment such as with the U.S. Government, teaching for the Department of Defense or in a private or religious school. Both being two major alternatives to teaching in a public school system. In addition, teachers learn and gain many transferrable skills. These skills may qualify them or they are in need of a little additional training to work as a librarian, counselor, supervisor, administrator, in adult education, as an early childhood educator or at a day care center. Furthermore, licensed teachers can work in areas of recreation and leisure. These position may include playground leaders, program specialists in dance, drama, the arts, karate, tennis and other physical activity positions. Licensed teachers can fill position as recreation center directors, therapeutic recreation specialists, camp counselors, wilderness leaders, senior citizen program leaders, civilian special services directors in the armed forces, and industrial recreation directors.
Preparation for IHCC
Students planning a career in education should take four years of high school English. IHCC and preparation programs for educators requires strong skills in reading and writing. In addition, students are to have a strong foundation in other core academic subjects such as math, science, and social studies. Classrooms today are focusing on technological literacy so being familiar or literate with computers is also a necessity for those interested in teaching. Additionally, students interested in pursuing an education major should consider electives in psychology. It is also advisable for students to volunteer in the public school system or find other opportunities to work with children in order to make an informed career decision.
Program Total: 64 Credits