To become a teacher, a student must graduate from an accredited teacher training institution. The Associate of Arts degree in Education emphasis at WITCC is designed to prepare students to transfer to a 4-year institution to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Education. WITCC’s 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 WITCC with an emphasis in Education will be prepared to function in a variety of supportive roles as part of an educational team.

Career Outlook

Careers for education graduates are available in private and public-school systems throughout the region. New teacher pay generally starts around $33,500 for a new teacher in Iowa and with experience and advanced education, pay can reach up to an average of $77,439 (according to 2017-2018 Iowa Department of Education). Elementary teachers in the state of Iowa are anticipated to grow in opportunities for the next decade. Elementary teachers possess skills such as curriculum development, lesson planning, alternative education, virtual learning environments, learning platforms, and more.

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