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See Where Education Can Take You

Learn what it takes to be a successful educator in the 21st century. Pre-Education Academy is a pre-professional program that provides requirements for a teaching degree.

This program helps students meet transfer institutions’ requirements and provides specific training and general education in working with children or youth in educational settings.

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Course offerings may vary. Visit your nearest Kirkwood location website or high school for local course options.

EDU-110 | Exploring Teaching | 3 credits
Introduces the concerns and activities of beginning teachers. The focus is on developing generic teaching skills applicable from preschool through high school. Microteaching is used to simulate actual teaching situations. Case studies are used to discuss common teaching problems.


EDU-119 | Behavior Management | 3 credits
Develops research-based, effective, and respectful skills of prevention, observation, data collection, diagnosis, and change of the behavior of students in K-12 classrooms. Develops strategies for helping others manage their own behavior. Meets part of the requirement for the Iowa Paraeducator Generalist Certification.


EDU-200 | Topics in Education | 1 credit
Provides an opportunity for students to study a current issue in education. Topics are selected from the following categories: teaching methods, learning theory, motivation and professionalism.


EDU-248 | Exceptional Persons | 3 credits
Studies the educational, cultural, and social aspects of children and adults who are exceptional in the context of mental, emotional and physical development. Includes discussion of gifted and talented children in schools.


PSY-111 | Introduction to Psychology | 3 credits
Introduces the scientific study of mental processes and behavior with emphasis on the nervous system, learning and memory, cognition, sensation and perception, motivation and emotion, personality, intelligence, stress, psychological disorders and therapy, and social influence. Stresses roles of both theory and empirical evidence in describing, explaining and predicting behavior. Encourages critical thinking about research methods and ethics.


PSY-121 | Developmental Psychology | 3 credits
Introduces physical, cognitive and psychosocial development from a lifespan perspective covering conception until death. Provides an introduction to major theories and classic and contemporary research, and examines normative development as impacted by genes, maturation, experience, cohort, gender, race, social class and culture. Discusses topics including developmental research methods; genetics; prenatal development; infancy; childhood; adolescence; early, middle and late adulthood; and death and bereavement.

This program will help determine if you are ready for a career in the education field and build professional networking relationships.

Average salaries in the education field:

  • Training Manager, $87,250
  • High School Teacher, $54,450
  • Elementary Special Education, $56,350


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The Pre-Education Academy can lead students to college certificates, diplomas, associate's, bachelor's, and graduate degrees. Examples of college majors include, but are not limited to: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and/or Secondary Education.

If you’re planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after attending Kirkwood, read our specific transfer information.