Education Degrees

Teaching is among the noblest of careers. Jumpstart your teaching career with an Associate Degree in Education — Early Childhood Teacher Licensure,  Elementary Education or Secondary Education — from Indian Hills. If you’ve been thinking about an education degree, earn your associate degree in just 18 months, then transfer to a 4-year college to complete your training.

Whether you want to earn your associate degree in Early Childhood Teacher Licensure,  Elementary Education or Secondary Education, Indian Hills Community College in Iowa is super affordable, convenient and a great place to study on your way to the classroom. Learn more about tuition, financial aid and community college scholarships and grants.

Here’s a brief overview of the Education Degree programs at Indian Hills .

Campus Ottumwa Campus, Centerville Campus, and Online
Entry Term Fall, Winter, and Spring
Length of Program

Early Childhood Teacher Licensure - 6 terms (18 months)
Elementary Education - 6 terms (18 months)
Secondary Education - 6 terms (18 months)


Associate of Arts Degree in Education (A.A.)
Associate of Arts Degree in Education (A.A.)
Associate of Arts Degree in Education (A.A.)


What you will learn:
  • To identify and examine characteristics and strategies used in effective teaching.
  • To examine and appreciate learner uniqueness and apply strategies that promote learning.
  • To assess technology that enhances the learning process in all types of classrooms.
  • To explore the motivations and diversity found in today’s classrooms.
  • To develop critical thinking and communication skills.

Education Degree Career Options

Why work with stressed out adults when you can fill your days with fun, enthusiastic, and curious youngsters? Leave a lasting legacy on our world by jumping into a Life. Changing. career in education at Indian Hills Community College! If you are pursuing an education degree, you can usually expect to find work as a teacher at the elementary or secondary level. Further career options include guidance counselor, educational consultant, educational administration, coaching and other careers connected to both public and private school systems. After graduation you will have gained a foundational knowledge and understanding that will prepare you to transfer to a four-year college to finish up!


It's your education. Chose your own path. We're right behind you every step of the way!

Select one of our three programs below to check-out the details.

Early Education Teacher Licensure Elementary Education Secondary Education


Tuition & Financial Aid Transfer Pathways
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Note: Please be aware that there are unique pre–licensure qualifications for positions in the education field. These qualifications include passing an extensive criminal background check, which is completed when entering the education program and verified prior to the capstone course of the program. 

July 1, 2020: Governor Reynolds passed a bill allowing 4- year institutions to determine if they will require students to complete the PRAXIS I CORE examination or the CBASE assessment as part of acceptance into their Teacher Preparation Program.  It is important to check with your intended institution to gain knowledge of their acceptance policies.  However, at this time PRAXIS II is still required before licensure.

Download the Education Background Check Forms

(Required as part of the admissions process)


We see some raised hands! Got Questions? Don’t stress just ask Deb!

vosDeb Vos, Program Director, Education
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5111 ext. 1835 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 1835
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