Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Emphasis Area – PreK-12 Education

The PreK-12 Education emphasis gives students an introduction into teaching in an elementary or secondary school. It is designed for students to complete the first two years of a four-year teaching degree program, earning their Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. Students then transfer to an accredited teacher’s education program at a public or private four-year college or university.

Starting your education major at Hawkeye will allow you to have practical experience with students in local schools beginning on day one. The classes you will take have been designed to allow you to gain practical insight into the teaching profession and offer many opportunities to work with local students.

Planning Your Class Schedule

Students should consult with an advisor in Student Services or a faculty advisor to select courses, make a transfer plan, and periodically review their progress towards their degree completion.

Students are also encouraged to contact the admissions office at the college to which they plan to transfer during their first year at Hawkeye in order to obtain specific program and transfer requirements.

Not all courses may be required for or transfer to your future major.

Award: Associate of Arts (AA)
Program Start: Fall, Spring, Summer

PreK-12 Education Transfer Courses
EDU214 Exploring PK-12 Education 2
EDU216 Introduction to Teaching 3
EDU223 Multicultural Education 3
EDU235 Children's Literature 3
EDU240 Educational Psychology -AND- 3
EDU920 Field Experience 1
EDU246 Including Diverse Learners 3
EDU255 Technology in the Classroom 3
EDU901 Academic Service Learning Experience 1
MAT151 Math Reasoning for Teachers I 3

Career Opportunities:

The following are some of the career opportunities you can pursue in education:

  • Public/private school teacher
  • Paraeducator (with a two-year degree)
  • Daycare center director

Career Coach

Explore local data on wages, employment, job postings, and more!

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Deb Hacker
Black Hawk Hall 258
319-296-4007
Email me

Faculty Mentor

Tami McCoy
Black Hawk Hall 230
319-296-2329 ext.1298
Email me

Student Success Specialist

Tiffany Dodd
Black Hawk Hall 261
319-296-2329 ext.1060
Email me

Academic Advisor

Hannah Willems
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-4014
Email me

Dean

Catharine Freeman
Black Hawk Hall 258B
319-296-4041
Email me