IU, Ivy Tech partner to train more Indiana teachers

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College announced they are easing the pathway to a teaching career through transfer agreements that will allow Ivy Tech education students to transfer credits towards an IU degree.

These transfer agreements make it possible for students who complete an Associate of Science in Elementary Education at any of Ivy Tech’s 23 campuses to transfer credits earned that will count toward Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degrees offered at Indiana University campuses. IU President Michael McRobbie and Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder joined other campus leaders at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis this morning to celebrate the signing of the final agreement that will make system-wide transfer possible.

“Working together with four-year colleges and universities such as Indiana University will continue to ensure we meet the needs of the Indiana economy by providing a workforce that is ready for the jobs of the future,” said Snyder. “These students will be provided with on-site classroom experience during their course of study at Ivy Tech making them better prepared to meet the changing needs of Indiana’s workforce. Together the state’s community college and our four-year partners are making higher education and career training seamless across our state.”

“This agreement furthers the long history of cooperation between Indiana University and Ivy Tech in the interests of higher education across Indiana,” McRobbie said. “It will open the door to new career opportunities for many Hoosiers, and it will help the state of Indiana fill a critical demand for well-trained elementary school teachers. Young people in virtually every Indiana community who may be interested in pursuing a career in teaching will now be able to complete the initial requirements leading to a bachelor’s degree at an Ivy Tech campus near their home.”

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development listed elementary school teachers as one of its “Top 50 Hoosier Hot Jobs” in 2008. The department estimates a 12 percent increase in school teacher employment between 2006 and 2016.

The Elementary Education degree transfer agreement adds to other formal agreements that allow students to transfer credits earned in associate degree programs from Ivy Tech to apply toward bachelor’s degrees at Indiana University campuses throughout the state. Previous degree agreements include six liberal arts degrees as well as nursing and criminal justice.

This current academic semester shows nearly 1,600 Ivy Tech education majors throughout the state. Certain courses that count toward the Associate of Science in Education at Ivy Tech will be accepted as equivalents to coursework toward an IU Elementary Education degree. The coursework includes courses in language arts, mathematics, and some introductory education classes.

“Quality educators in Indiana’s communities not only fuel our growth, but are integral to our state’s success,” said Ivy Tech-Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart. “Students in the education programs at Ivy Tech and IU will shape the future of our institutions, and it is important that we work together to provide them with seamless opportunities. As our teaching workforce ages, reflecting trends in our general population, we are partnering to meet the professional workforce need for the next generation of Indiana’s teachers.”

“The increased access to education degrees will not only help the state meet the need for teachers, it will also increase the diversity of the teaching workforce,” said IU University Dean of Education Gerardo Gonzalez. “Students will be able to start their education degrees at any Ivy Tech and transfer seamlessly to IU Northwest, IUPUI, Bloomington or any other IU campus.”

The agreement is the latest in a long line of collaborative efforts between IU and Ivy Tech that have resulted in greater educational opportunities for Hoosiers. In recent years, the two institutions have partnered to provide expanded transfer of credit opportunities throughout the state; establish a program (“Hoosier Link”) that provides a select group of students an opportunity to attend Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington with guaranteed admission to IU Bloomington upon cohort completion; and designed a successful “Passport” system that has simplified the transfer of credit and/or degrees between Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 120,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

About Indiana University
Indiana University serves more than 100,000 students in both undergraduate and graduate programs on eight campuses across the state. With more than 7,000 faculty members, IU offers 963 degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and various professional schools, including Medicine; Nursing; Law, Music; Business; Education; Informatics; Journalism; Health, Physical Education and Recreation; and Public and Environmental Affairs.

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