Teacher Preparation Academy

Human Services and Education IconThe Teacher Preparation Academy is designed to provide the foundational preparation for students wanting to become an elementary, middle school, or high school teacher. The course work is designed to provide a broad education with an emphasis in educational and developmental psychology, children’s literature, diverse learners, technology, math, and physical sciences, and liberal arts/humanities.

Students will complete a 40-hour practicum in which an emphasis is placed on educational theory and the creation of a portfolio documenting the student’s understanding of the Iowa Teaching Standards. This program is for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution with a major in Elementary or Secondary Education.

Available at Clinton and Muscatine Community Colleges.

Teacher Preparation Academy 

During High School

Term 1: Fall, junior or senior year of high school, 4 credits

  • SDV:130 Career Exploration, 1 credit
    PSY:111 Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits

Term 2 - Spring, junior or senior year of high school, 6 credits

  • EDU:235 Children’s Literature*, 3 credits
    PSY:121 Developmental Psychology, 3 credits

Completed Part 1: Foundations of Teacher Preparation, 10 credits

Term 3 - Fall, senior year of high school, 6 credits

  • EDU:213 Introduction to Education*, 3 credits
  • ENG:105 Composition I, 3 credits

Term 4 - Spring, senior year of high school, 6 credits

  • SPC:112 Public Speaking, 3 credits
    PSY:281/EDU:240 Education Psychology*, 3 credits

Part 2: Advanced Foundations of Teacher Preparation, 22 credits

* Students must earn a B grade or higher in educational courses for course to transfer into a teacher education program.

Careers in Education

When we think of careers in education we usually think back to a favorite elementary, middle or high school teacher. But those are only some of the solid careers you can enter with an education degree.

Here’s some more:

  • College professor
  • Guidance counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Career counselor
  • Juvenile corrections worker
  • Family counselor
  • Education consultant
  • Admission counselor/recruiter
  • Child life specialist

That doesn’t even include all the different areas in which you can teach. Pick your favorite subject and imagine being able to work in that field the rest of your life.

The best part of all these jobs, and many others not listed, is that the first year or two of classes is almost the same for all of them. That means you can start classes before making a final decision about which career will be your final choice.

We have a number of education-related programs to choose from:

For more information, contact our high school team