Friday, February 2, 2024

Students interested in becoming elementary education teachers now have another pathway to the profession thanks to a shared commitment to increase student access to higher education.

Kirkwood Community College students can now seamlessly transfer to the University of Iowa College of Education to obtain their elementary education licensure, due to a new articulation agreement between the two institutions.


Mark McDermott, associate dean for teacher education and student services in the UI College of Education, recently sat down with The Daily Iowan to highlight this new pathway for students. 

The following excerpt is from the DI article:

“Through the new partnership, Kirkwood students can apply for admission into the UI’s College of Education at the end of their second year. For students specifically interested in studying elementary education, the partnership allows them to take specific and foundational education courses that help with their admission to the UI.

McDermott said Kirkwood students would apply as transfer students into the College of Education and apply into the teacher education program, or TEP, through a separate application process.

‘We want to make sure that students have a clear path to work their way through Kirkwood and then be able to seamlessly transition into the elementary education program here at Iowa,’ McDermott said.”

Read the entire article