Ivy Tech, Ball State create new transfer agreement to train more teachers

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College and Ball State University announced they have created a statewide transfer agreement easing the pathway to a teaching career that will allow Ivy Tech education students to transfer credits towards a Ball State bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

A student completing the Associate of Science degree in elementary education at any of Ivy Tech’s 23 campuses will receive up to 62 credit hours in transfer with Ball State when admitted to the University with a declared major of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder and Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora met today at the Indiana Statehouse to sign the agreement that will take effect as of July 1, 2010.

Ivy Tech has seen more than 2,000 students transfer more than 38,000 credit hours to Ball State since 2002.

“Working together with our four-year partners is essential in ensuring we meet the needs of the Indiana economy by providing a workforce that is ready for the jobs of the future via a seamless higher education system,” said Snyder. “Ball State is a leader in the field of education and together we are pleased to offer this opportunity to community college students around the state.”

“At Ball State, we’ve long been about preparing early childhood and elementary teachers for Indiana and its schoolchildren,” said Gora, recalling Ball State’s establishment as a teachers college in 1918. “That worthy objective continues, and with this agreement we help provide scores of Ivy Tech education students with a whole degree plan leading to their eventual certification as new teachers. We are happy to join our colleagues at Ivy Tech in creating this educational and economic opportunity for scores of Indiana residents.”

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.

Ivy Tech’s education program was established in 2006. This current academic semester shows nearly 2,500 Ivy Tech education majors throughout the state.

“When I decided to return to school to pursue a degree in Elementary Education, I choose Ivy Tech due to the affordable tuition, flexible schedule and small class sizes,” said Patricia Van Lue, an Ivy Tech Education major. “Now, as I am preparing to transfer to a four-year program next fall, I realize that Ivy Tech has prepared me for the next leg of my journey in ways I never envisioned. The teachers and program chair of the Education Department at Ivy Tech have assisted me in every step of my journey; from the classes that have allowed me to better understand what type of teacher I want to be, to answering all my questions about transferring to a four-year university, and giving me opportunities to be in the type of classrooms I will one day teach in. I would highly recommend any one planning to earn a B.S. in Elementary Education to consider starting their journey at Ivy Tech.”

Ivy Tech and Ball State also recently created an additional statewide transfer agreement between the two institutions’ Criminal Justice programs, bringing to 12 the number of these agreements established by the two institutions since 1997.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 130,000 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.

Now a modern and comprehensive university, Ball State offers a wealth of academic opportunities, including approximately 180 undergraduate majors and preprofessional programs, and more than 100 master’s and doctoral degrees. With its focus on immersive learning that teams students and faculty with community partners to find real-world solutions to real-world problems, the university is committed to meeting the economic needs of the state through the education and preparation of an increasingly entrepreneurial-minded and media-savvy workforce. Its programs in architecture, landscape architecture, education, emerging media, entrepreneurship and nursing, among others, are consistently ranked among the best in the nation.

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