Hundreds of North Iowa Area Community College graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities every year. Whether you want to become a teacher, lawyer, engineer, physician, artist or (you name it!), we can get you started. And if you’re unsure about a major, NIACC is a great place to get your feet wet. NIACC offers the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree in virtually any field. The Associate Degree earned provides you with the general education requirements and core courses needed to continue your education as a junior at a four-year school.

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Sample Schedule (2-year plan) First Semester

  • ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
  • MAT-110* Math for Liberal Arts 3 s.h.
  • EDU-216 Intro to Teaching 3 s.h.
  • EDU-219 Field Exper. & Seminar 1 s.h.
  • PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology 3 s.h.
  • SDV-113 Strategies for Academic Success 2 s.h.
  • SDV-199 College Essentials 1 s.h.

Total 16 s.h. Second Semester

  • ENG-106 Composition II 3 s.h.
  • PSY-121 Developmental Psych OR
  • PSY-223 Child/Adolescent Psych 3 s.h.
  • Art OR Music OR Theatre 3 s.h.
  • BIO-152 Health and Nutrition 3 s.h.
  • SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
  • PEH-140 First Aid 1 s.h.

Total 16 s.h. Third Semester

  • EDU-235 Children’s Literature 3 s.h.
  • EDU-250 Educ. Tech. & Design 3 s.h.
  • History OR Literature OR Philosophy 3 s.h.
  • PSY-281 Educational Psychology 3 s.h.
  • PHS-125 Physical Science & lab 4 s.h.
  • PHS-142 Principles of Astronomy 3 s.h.

Total 19 s.h. Fourth Semester

  • EDU-246 Including Diverse Learners 3 s.h.
  • EDU-242 Classroom Assessment 2 s.h.
  • POL-111 American National Gov 3 s.h.
  • SOC 115 Social Problems 3 s.h.
  • BIO-102 Introductory Biology 3 s.h.
  • SPC-112 Public Speaking 3 s.h.

Total 17 s.h. *– Required math ACT/Compass scores needed before enrolling in any math class. See NIACC catalog for a list of General Education and elective courses. Note: Please check with transfer institution for their specific requirements or check with a NIACC counselor/advisor for further transfer planning.

  • The Iowa Department of Education is requiring changes to the Teacher Education programs throughout Iowa. Contact transfer institution for specific details.
  • AA Degree meets the General Education Requirements for the College of Liberal Arts at most transfer institutions.
  • Check with transfer institution for Foreign Language Requirement and/or Cultural Diversity and/or Non-Western Culture Requirement.
  • Admission requirements vary from institution to institution. Contact the transfer institution or check with a NIACC counselor/advisor for assistance.
  • Suggested schedule dependent on the entry level of a student.
  • If planning to transfer, follow requirements for Elementary Education program of study.

Suggested General Education Courses & Electives:

  • RDG-125 College Reading Strategies
  • HIS-151 or HIS-152 History
  • SDV-113 Strategies for Academic Success
  • ART-102 Art for Elementary Education
  • FLS Foreign Language
  • POL-121 International Relations
Program taught in:
  • English

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