Indiana Wesleyan University is launching a new program to help address the current teacher shortage in elementary education. Its online platform, IWU-National & Global, is creating a degree track that provides a licensure pathway without requiring an education major.
The school says with the Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, a student can build on existing experiences.
The new program leads towards an initial Elementary Generalist K-6 educator licensure.
IWU’s curriculum provides hands-on, practical classroom experience, which includes observing classroom teachers, writing lesson and unit plans, and completing case studies and analyses from real-life examples.
“We’re excited to open doors for more teachers to pursue their dreams by offering an accredited, accelerated opportunity for bachelor’s degree completion that will ultimately lead to licensure,” says Dr. Sarah Hamsher, associate professor of education at IWU-National & Global. “This program is ideal for paraprofessionals, classroom assistants, and others who are passionate about making the classroom an innovative, creative space for today’s elementary school students.”
IWU says its transfer policy allows students to transfer up to 90 previously earned credits toward their bachelor’s degree and begin taking concentration- and minor-specific classes more quickly. The program is available for not only elementary education, but there are similar tracks for Biblical studies, business, communication, criminal justice, and more.
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