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Class Act Overview


 

Degree: Associate of Arts (pre-education)

 

Length: Four semesters - 60 semester credits

 

The Class Act Program is a joint venture between Itasca Community College, local school districts, and Bemidji State University. The program is a hands-on, experiential learning lab for students who have a desire to become educators.

The primary goals of the Class Act program include allowing students to have significant classroom experiences (fifty hours each year) in their first two years of study and to prepare students to use technology effectively in educational settings. Students are exposed to up-to-date teaching strategies that can be applied directly in the classroom. Through the tweaked cohort-based curriculum, students gain an understanding of how each discipline relates to the educational setting. Class Act students also benefit from the Class Act seminar, a component of the specially designed curriculum. The seminar course is designed to be a check in site where students get the chance to collaborate ideas and gain instruction in areas that aren't taught in traditional education programs. The Class Act Program also uses educational adventures to off-campus learning sites to supplement classroom learning.

Class Act students use computers extensively in their courses, preparing them to effectively use technology in the classroom and keep current with rapidly expanding technological opportunities. The Class Act Program also requires that students maintain a current portfolio.

The Class Act Program was designed in 1997 and implemented Fall Semester 1998. The program is currently in its tenth year of existence.

Admission:

One cohort of up to twenty-five students is admitted each year.

Career Options:

The AA degree transfers as any other AA degree offered at Minnesota community colleges. Itasca's AA degree with the Class Act emphasis is specifically designed to prepare students for the following professions: elementary teacher, middle school teacher, secondary teacher, college instructor/professor, school counselor, and school administrator.

Grade Point Average Policy:

Because Class Act is a special program at ICC and students graduate with special distinction, the Class Act Program also has special requirements.  One of these requirements is that students maintain a 2.5 overall grade point average.  If a student falls below the 2.5 GPA for one semester, they will be place on Class Act Probation.  A student who falls below the 2.5 GPA for two consecutive semesters will be dropped from the Class Act Program.