Education Careers

Education Careers

Make a Difference for Students

We all remember those special teachers who connected with us, challenged us, and really reached us. At Kirkwood, we can prepare you to make a huge difference in students’ lives.

Our Education Careers interest area focuses on important aspects of becoming a successful teacher or paraeducator, including general teaching concepts and methods, behavior management, educational psychology, meeting the needs of diverse learners, and more.

As a Liberal Arts student, you will fulfill core requirements while choosing from specialty and elective options in education. And, since Kirkwood has transfer agreements with all three state universities and many other four-year institutions, transferring and earning a degree in education couldn’t be easier – or more affordable.

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If you're planning to transfer to a four-year program, you'll work very closely with the experts in our Advising and Transfer Center. They'll make sure you get everything needed for a trouble-free transfer.

Kirkwood Community College is proud to have special transfer agreements with leading universities and colleges in Iowa for Education Careers students, including the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, Coe College, and Mount Mercy University.

Courses for Transfer:

  • Exploring Teaching
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Field Experience in Education

The opportunities are endless for a rewarding career in education. In addition to teaching K-12 and being a paraeducator, you can pursue a career as a principal, administrator, curriculum developer, higher education professor, or special education professional.

Kirkwood can help you explore all your career options – and provide exciting experiences in and out of the classroom to help you find the best path. And with the demand for educators on the rise, the future looks incredibly bright for education graduates.

Scholarships

Explore your share of more than $3 million in scholarship opportunities! At Kirkwood, we make it incredibly easy — you only need to apply once, even if you're eligible for more than one scholarship.

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Scholarships for Education Students

  • Must be enrolled in Education Careers, Early Childhood Education or Human Services
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Must be enrolled in Education Careers
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in Education Careers
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Preference given to veteran(s) and/or student(s) enrolled in education careers
  • Preference given to student(s) who have overcome significant hardship and demonstrate an authentic desire to succeed
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Preference given to veteran(s) and/or student(s) enrolled in education careers
  • Preference given to student(s) who have overcome significant hardship and demonstrate an authentic desire to succeed
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be enrolled in Education Careers
  • Must be a graduate of one of the seven high schools in Johnson County
  • Must be enrolled in Education Careers
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Preference given to Iowa students who are pursuing a teaching career in math
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Currently or previously employed as a paraeducator
  • Demonstrate the dispositions or qualities of an effective paraeducator
  • Goal of improving skills and understandings that relate to working as a paraeducator
  • Goal of acquiring one or more of the levels of Iowa paraeducator certification
  • Financial need that presents a challenge to paying for college tuition and textbooks

How to Apply

In addition to completion of the application, candidates need two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or principals who have supervised the candidate's work with children in a K-12 school. 

Application Form Letter of Recommendation Form

Deadlines for submission and letters of recommendation are: 

  • May 1 for summer semester
  • August 1 for fall semester
  • January 1 for spring semester
  • Must be enrolled in Education Careers
  • Must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • Must have the intention of completing a four-year degree in education with the goal of teaching in either special education or math

Explore More

We are excited about your interest in becoming an educator.  As part of the preparation for a career, at some point in your education you will be required to complete a background check. In an effort to keep your costs down, we only require students enrolled in EDU-810 Field Experience to complete the background check process.

Important information before you start the compliance process:

  • Please read ALL of the instructions on this page BEFORE you begin the process.
  • Do not begin the background check process until after you have been instructed to do so by your instructor.
  • Do not set up your CastleBranch account until after you have been instructed to do so by your instructor.
  • There will be a $45 charge* to complete the process. Please have a credit or debit card available when you create your account. (If you are a high school student taking EDU-810 Field Experience as concurrent enrollment, your payment will be billed to the school.)

Step 1: Create a CastleBranch Account

You will create and pay for your compliance process through CastleBranch's online process. Visit https://portal.castlebranch.com/KG73 to create your account. You must use the following information when creating your account based on the standard process determined by the Social Sciences Department at Kirkwood Community College. The account creation process is standard for all students, so we can assist with questions throughout the process.

  1. Visit https://portal.castlebranch.com/KG73 to order your program specific package and create your account.
  2. You must use your Kirkwood student email for the email when creating your account.
  3. Students concurrently enrolled for high school and college credit should select "High School Concurrent Enrollment Program." A PIN number will be provided to you by your instructor in class. You will need this PIN number to complete your process.
  4. Students enrolled in the liberal arts degree with a transfer interest in education must submit payment for the account at the time they are set up. Please have a debit or credit card available when creating the account.

Step 2: Background Check Process

If you are enrolled in EDU-810 Field Experience, you are required to complete the background check process. Specific steps for the completion of the background check are listed below. Once you have created your account with CastleBranch, you will have 72 hours to complete the background check portion. It is important to complete the background check process within 72 hours, or you will be timed out and will have to redo the process at an additional cost to you.

  1. Once you have your account created, you will download the background check forms, which must be completed for the CastleBranch check process. Please remember that these forms must be completed and returned to CastleBranch based on the guidelines established. Information on how to return these forms to CastleBranch will be provided in the information you download.
  2. A sample copy of this form is here for your review. You must submit the Child and Dependent Adult Abuse release form. Do not use them as documents to submit.
  3. Instructions on how to submit these completed forms are in the instruction forms you received in your download. It is important that these forms are submitted to CastleBranch via the fax or coversheet within 72 hours of starting the process. We are aware that the forms say return within five business days, but we are telling you 72 hours.

The Education Careers interest area at Kirkwood is part of our Liberal Arts program. You will work closely with experts at the Advising and Transfer Center and education careers faculty when deciding on which classes are right for you.

Our education careers faculty feature experienced professionals who are ready to help you find the right path during your journey into a rewarding K-12 career.

With many options to choose from, the advising process will also help you figure out what specialty areas to pursue.

 

EDU-110 Exploring Teaching (3)

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.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

 

EDU-119 Behavior Management (3)
Develops observation skills and management of the behavior of others individually and in groups. Develops strategies for helping others to manage their own behavior. Meets a portion of the Iowa Paraeducator Generalist Certification requirement.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

 

EDU-129 Inclusion and Adaptation (3)
Develops the skills to facilitate the mainstreaming of students with disabilities and work with gifted and talented students in school settings. Students taking the course learn strategies for instructing diverse groups of learners and adapting curriculum and materials. The course includes an overview of the special education system and the evolving relationship with regular education. Issues related to adults with disabilities are discussed.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

 

EDU-200 Topics in Education (1)
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.

Credits: 1, Hours: (1/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

 

EDU-212 Educational Foundations (3)
Examines the impact of social policies on the public education system. Introduces the history and philosophy of education. Students examine current beliefs about education and its effectiveness. Controversial issues are discussed and debated.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

 

EDU-240 Educational Psychology (3)
Applies psychological concepts to the field of education. Major focus is on cognitive, behavioral, and humanistic theories. Areas of emphasis include child and adolescent development, learning theory, memory, motivation, intelligence, instruction, and measurement.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: PSY-111; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

 

EDU-248 Exceptional Persons (3)
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.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Prereq: PSY-111; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

 

EDU-249 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (3)
Prepares staff to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children, including English language learners, those with language disorders, deaf and hard of hearing students. Includes use of technology, instructional methodology, appropriate translation and interpretation procedures, and communication with team members. Participants work collaboratively and individually to develop projects.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

 

EDU-258 Autism Spectrum Disorder Support (3)
Develops skills of observation, understanding and management of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Develops strategies for helping students with ASD manage behavior and develop social and communication skills. Meets Iowa paraeducator certification requirements for Autism Spectrum Disorders Area of Concentration.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

 

EDU-259 Vision Impairment Support (3)
Addresses competencies for state paraeducator certification in Level II Vision Impairment Area of Concentration. Prepares paraeducators to support children with vision impairments or blindness, including those with additional disabilities. Studies roles and responsibilities of the paraeducator in understanding the expanded core curriculum and how to integrate support of these skills into the instructional day, how to ensure student access to the core curriculum, strategies to promote independence and self-determination, and professional and ethical guidelines.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

 

EDU-279 Transition Services (3)
Studies the role of the paraeducator and job coach in assisting teachers in preparing students who receive special education services for the transition from K-12 education to adult life. Studies the continuum of K-12 career and transition programs, as well as the variety of adult services that K-12 graduates may need in the areas of living, learning, and working. Addresses issues of self-determination; career assessment; transition to living, learning and working; behavior support; and linkages to adult service providers.

Credits: 3, Hours: (3/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

 

EDU-805 Literacy Tutor Experience (1-3)
Provides students with an opportunity to spend 30, 60 or 100 hours in a school or other community agency tutoring in reading and other basic skills. In addition, 12 hours of seminar are part of the course.

Credits: 1-3, Hours: (0/0/3-9/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Comments: Minimum GPA of 2.5 required to take this course

 

EDU-810 Field Experience (3)
Offers experience in classrooms. Students spend 100 hours per semester at a school working under the supervision of a teacher. Students choose between preschool, elementary, and secondary settings. A seminar is part of the course.

Credits: 3, Hours: (1/0/6/0), Prereq: EDU-110, PSY-111 and either PSY-121 or EDU-240; Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Comments: Minimum GPA of 2.5 required to take this course

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Field Experience Application Form

 

EDU-924 Honors Project (1)
Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract.

Credits: 1, Hours: (1/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Comments: Requires approval of supervising professor and dean

 

EDU-928 Independent Study (1)
Provides readings, papers and basic research or other projects under the individual guidance of the staff members. Credits: 1, Hours: (1/0/0/0), Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Comments: Permission of instructor, dean

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“I chose Kirkwood because I knew I could get a great education here for two years, and my options to go anywhere from here were virtually unlimited.”

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