Masters in Perseverance: The 2+2 Program

2+2 Elementary Ed Program help student achieve her goals

Kiley Sanduka, 44, is part of the 2019 cohort in the 2+2 program University of Northern Iowa College of Education offers in partnership with Des Moines Area Community College. Her goal: completion of a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in elementary and middle level education. 

“I never thought I could work and have my family life and go to school full time. I didn’t think that was going to work,”  says Sanduka, who is currently a library associate in Gilbert, Iowa. However, after being encouraged by her school’s teacher librarian to continue her education, she found the 2+2 program.

Sanduka’s cohort formally began in January 2019 and will finish with student teaching in spring 2021. She represents the profile of many: older, with jobs, leading busy lives -- who want to become teachers.

Through 2+2, students complete an associate degree to satisfy UNI liberal arts requirements. They take the remaining education-specific core courses via equivalent classes at DMACC, while UNI faculty teach the professional education classwork. Though the majority of courses are online, there are a handful of face-to-face courses, which UNI faculty teach on campus at the DMACC Ankeny, Boone or Carroll locations. The program welcomes students who may complete initial core classes at other community colleges statewide, but who are willing to travel as needed for the on-site classes. 

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