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If you are passionate about learning and you love understanding and helping others (kids or adults), Education is the right field for you. Think about your favorite teacher and what qualities he or she has that make you appreciate them … your answers reveal what makes a good teacher. Those qualities include the ability to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, and motivate others. A teacher must be knowledgeable about a subject and be able to recognize and respond to individual differences in students. A teacher should be dependable, patient and creative; technology skills are also important.

If you’re considering a career in Education, communication and patience should be two of your strengths, as well as a willingness to try new things and venture a little bit beyond your “comfort zone.” ECC’s transferable Associate of Arts (AA) degree is a great place to start, providing hands-on learning opportunities that aren’t always available to freshmen and sophomores at four-year colleges and universities. ECC offers five different areas of emphasis for Education students: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, Industrial Education, and Business Education.

CAREER INFO

The job market varies by school location, subject specialty, geographic location, and enrollments. Employment also depends on state and local expenditures for education and legislation that increases the quality of education. Educators may work in elementary, middle or high schools; preschools; private schools; colleges and universities; libraries; counseling offices; or corporate training departments. Teacher assistants are projected to have one of the largest job growths among all occupations over the next 10 years.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2012 median pay for High School Teachers with a bachelor’s degree was $55,050 per year; the job outlook through 2022 calls for a 6% growth in employment. Additional career and salary information can be found for other sectors of education in the online Occupational Outlook Handbook.

NOTE: Most teaching positions require a bachelor’s degree; some require a graduate degree or specialized certifications/endorsements.

TRANSFERABILITY

ECC’s Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.

Because the requirements for an AA degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!

THE ELLSWORTH EXPERIENCE

  • You’ll enjoy participating in ECC’s Education Club, where participants form personal and social connections and enjoy group activities.
  • ECC currently has the 17th highest student success rate (graduation rate + transfer rate) of any community college in the nation.
  • The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages, which is why our graduates have one of the lowest average student debt loads of any college in Iowa, public or private, two-year or four year!
  • What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.

Contact

Ed Geitz

Ed Geitz

ADMISSIONS OFFICE

641-648-4611
800-322-9235
eccinfo@iavalley.edu