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At a Glance

Program Credit Hours

60 – 62 credit hours

  • General Education: 42 – 44
  • Major / Concentration: 18

Standard Completion Time

  • 2 Years


  • HLC


Why Study Education?

Ancilla faculty design learning experiences that challenge their students to think more broadly about their own lives and potential careers. Ancilla offers an Associate of Science degree that mixes liberal arts coursework with subject-specific teaching experiences while also giving them a foundation as well as preparation for advanced coursework demands of a Bachelor’s Degree program at a senior institution.

As lifelong learners, teacher candidates will have gained practical and theoretical knowledge to equip them with necessary skills to effectively engage and hold learners’ attention while also taking into account exceptionalities, diversity, and learning styles.

Pursuing a career in education is not for everyone – it takes patience, commitment, responsibility, knowledge, consistency, creativity, passion and a sense of humor. However, it is an honorable calling and Ancilla College will be there to help you rise to the call. There are three different tracks that our students can choose that are all designed to give students the tools they need to succeed in a career in education.

What are Your Career Options?

  • Childcare Worker
  • Childcare Director
  • Community Education Officer
  • Education Administrator
  • Learning Mentor
  • Nanny
  • Teacher
  • Tutor
  • Substitute Teacher
  • And So Much More!

Choose the path option that is perfect for you!

Elementary Education

‘El Ed’ students master a broad base of liberal arts education while also gaining firsthand knowledge of teaching and learning through visits and observations to area classrooms. Coursework focuses on child development and learning, on cultural diversity, on multi-disciplinary knowledge, and on various teaching pedagogies. Field experiences in diverse settings are part of the program as well.

Secondary Education

This degree will provide a solid foundation for students in understanding how children grow and develop and be able to identify common physical, cognitive, and socioemotional changes that characterize those developmental periods. Students will also gain firsthand knowledge of the demands of a teaching career by the many hours of observations and/or field experience in local schools.

Early Childhood Education

Early childhood is defined as the ages from birth through age 8. When children are young they are like little sponges and very impressionable. The Early Childhood Education program at Ancilla College will provide you with the necessary skills for encouraging the younger generation to have an enthusiasm for lifelong learning.


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

Mail: P.O. Box 1, Donaldson, IN, 46513.

Location: 9601 Union Road, Plymouth, IN, 46563.

Call toll-free: 1.866.ANCILLA (866) 262-4552 or (574) 936-8898.


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