Early Childhood (birth to 3rd Grade), Elementary Education (K - 6th Grade with choice of endorsement(s) and K - 8th Grade) math, reading, language arts, science, social science, foreign language, and special education, Strategist I), Secondary Education (5th - 12th Grade with content majors), and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) for those who have a B.A. or B.S. degree.
The St. Ambrose School of Education has received statewide recognition for the quality of its programs and graduates. Majors enjoy a low student-teacher ratio and are assigned faculty mentors to help guide them throughout their education in the teaching field(s) they choose. Graduates qualify for Illinois certification after passing Illinois tests and by securing licensure in Iowa.
For a Bachelor of Music Education (BME), visit the Music program page.
A key variable for quality in early childhood settings is the training of staff. Those with more formal schooling or specialized training are more attentive and nurturing in their behavior toward children. Research confirms that programs operated with staff having higher-level degrees and formal training offer higher salaries, better benefits, and supportive management. Children in those programs benefit from having stable relationships with teachers who are skilled and sensitive. Learn More
With 42 percent of Iowa public school principals at age 51 or older, a shortage of qualified administrators in Iowa's public schools is imminent, jeopardizing the state's tradition of educational excellence. To meet this need, St. Ambrose has created a master's degree program based on national standards that addresses the need for qualified administrators in diocesan, public and other private schools. You'll get the knowledge and credentials for the career change or advancement you're seeking. Learn More
The Master of Education in Teaching program is designed to enhance the skills and practice of licensed teachers, developing teacher leaders through a standards-based curriculum that requires reflection on professional practice and how it relates to student achievement. The curriculum focuses on professional teaching outcomes as identified by the National Board for Professional Teaching StandardsTM (NBPTS) and the characteristics of effective instruction in the Iowa Core Curriculum. Learn More
Practicum and Lab Facility
The St. Ambrose University Children's Campus (SAUCC) serves as the university's lab site for students enrolled in St. Ambrose's early childhood education which stresses excellence in teaching and learning in an environment that fosters mutual trust.
SAUCC also is a demonstration site for childcare centers and pre-schools in the Quad Cities.
For Quad Cities families, SAUCC provides a comprehensive early childhood program for children 6 weeks–6 years old, with or without disabilities, as well as educational experiences and resources for families.