Individualized Professional Studies

Individualized Professional Studies

A.S.

The 60-credit Individualized Professional Studies (IPS) A.S. degree program was designed for adult learners with five or more years of work/life experience past high school. If that describes you and your goal is career advancement, our IPS program will give you the opportunity to develop a specific focus in an area that is related to your field of work.

The IPS A.S. program allows you to use previously earned college credits and Credit for Prior Learner (CPL) to earn your degree. CPL offers you the opportunity to translate into college credits the knowledge and skills you’ve gained through your life and work experiences. The purpose of the IPS A.S. degree is getting you to graduation day in a more cost effective and expedient manner.

Looking forward to earning a bachelor’s degree? The IPS A.S. degree is also designed for transfer to all four-year schools with accelerated adult baccalaureate degree completion programs.

2022-2023 Required Courses

Individualized Professional Studies

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
General Education Credits
All courses must support stated degree objectives but may come from any discipline including liberal arts
30



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Choose from the following
highly recommended
0-4



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

INTS 1010
FYE - Educational Planning and Assessment
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 02
Explores concepts and processes in higher education to help adult learners develop a comprehensive academic plan that encompasses their professional and personal goals. Students will develop educational goals, an individualized degree plan, and analyze knowledge/skills gained from life and work experiences that may translate in to college credit. Prerequisites: Assessment at English 0099 or above. Recommended: Referral from ASAP staff, a counselor, or an advisor. Class Note: Visit the ASAP web site to learn more www.inverhills.edu/asap This course fulfills the FYE (First Year Experience) requirement for Goal 2 of the MnTC.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites:
  • INTS 1011 Prior Learning Assessment Development

Future Offering:
  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022

INTS 1011
Prior Learning Assessment Development
1

Course Outline
Credits: 1
Examines the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process for earning college credit by integrating practical application/knowledge and theory. Students will analyze knowledge and skills gained through work and life experiences and prepare for the completion of a minimum of one PLA, which includes new learning and written documentation to substantiate competence in the subject matter. Prerequisites: CBE1102 or permission of instructor or program director and placement into ENG 0099 or above.

Prerequisites:

  • INTS 1010 FYE - Educational Planning and Assessment

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022

Total Credits in Individualized Professional Studies 30

General Education Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ENG 1108
Writing And Research Skills
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Provides instruction and practice in reading, researching, and writing for college. Prerequisites: Recommended by Accuplacer assessment or grade of C or higher in READ 93/94 and ENG/EAP 99.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022

COMM 1100
COMM 1110
COMM 2230
Interpersonal Communication    OR

Public Speaking    OR

Small Group Communication
3

Interpersonal Communication
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 07
Is a course that helps students recognize that we live and work in relationship with others and must communicate effectively with them to achieve our goals. This class helps students acquire the skills to effectively communicate with family members, intimate others, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. After reviewing relevant interpersonal theory, students will examine and identify their own communication attitudes and behaviors. Students will also learn and apply techniques for improving communication in their relationships through active practice. Students will participate in multiple activities, both in and outside the classroom setting, to build their interpersonal communication skills. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.2000, Subp. 7, Standard 6C, D, F, & G.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Public Speaking
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Is the introductory study of the theory and practice of public speaking. Public presentation skills are required for individuals to be successful in our workplaces, communities and many other contexts in today's society. Students will learn about the different types of public speeches commonly encountered and learn how to research, organize and write their ideas into clear and understandable forms of public communication. Students will also practice the delivery skills needed to present ideas effectively. Students will be required to speak and participate often and will also be required to present their speeches in a classroom setting with an audience of their peers and an instructor.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Small Group Communication
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Introduces students to the practice and theory of communicating in small group settings. Working in groups is an integral part of living in today's society. Community and workplace situations require us to be able to lead, participate, and follow effectively. Participating in this course will assist students in developing the leadership, conflict management, problem solving and discussion skills necessary to function in group settings. Students will apply small group communication theory in small, task-oriented groups and develop presentation skills to showcase their understanding of what it means to be an effective group member. Evaluating the effectiveness of their own and others' group communication behaviors is also required.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 4)
3

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 4)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 5)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 7)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 8)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 9)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 10)
3

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 7)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 8)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 9)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 10)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Liberal Arts Elective(s)
11



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in General Education Curriculum 30
Total Credits: 60
† Select General Education electives from specified MnTC goal area or from any MnTC goals if none specified.
‡ Electives may be 1000 level courses from any discipline, including additional MnTC Courses. Examples of non-MnTC courses that may be taken include the following disciplines: ACCT, BUS, CJS, CS, CRDV, EDU, EMS, ENG, HLTH, HSER, ITC, PA and PE.