St. Ambrose students who graduate from the elementary education degree program can teach in a self-contained classroom for grades kindergarten through sixth.
In addition, each elementary major also completes additional courses which add an endorsement to the elementary license. This endorsement allows a student to teach in a departmentalized setting, e.g., as a 5th grade science teacher. The student may also teach at the seventh and eighth grade level in that endorsement area only.
+ = Applicable toward general education degree requirements
WI = Writing intensive course
To acquire an Iowa elementary endorsement, candidates must complete an elementary education major.
• Choose an endorsement: An approved area of concentration leading to an endorsement in one of the following areas: math, science, social studies, history, English/language arts, reading, French, German, Spanish, or special education.
• Pre-Student Teaching
A minimum of 109 clock hours of pre-student teaching experiences in a school setting at two different grade levels are required before student teaching.
• Required Courses:
EDUC 205 Intro to Teaching, 2 credits or 207 Orientation to Teaching, 1 credit
+EDUC 284 Child and Adolescent Development
EDUC 300 Diversity and Culturally-Responsive Teaching
WI-EDUC 301 History and Philosophy of Education
EDUC 308 Educational Technology, 2 credits
WI-EDUC 309 Educational Psychology
EDUC 329 Methods of Teaching Social Studies
EDUC 352 Teaching the Biological and Earth/Space Sciences (K-8): Content and Methods, 2 credits
EDUC 353 Teaching the Physical Sciences (K-8): Content and Methods, 2 credits
EDUC 354 Methods of Teaching Math (K-8), 4 credits
EDUC 369 Child and Adolescent Literature, 2 credits
EDUC 371 Language Arts and Reading in the Elementary Schools (K-3)
EDUC 372 Language Arts and Reading in the Elementary Schools (4-8)
EDUC 409 Observation and Student Teaching: Elementary Grades, 7-15 credits
EDUC 452 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Techniques of Teaching Reading, 4 credits
SPED 310 Inclusion Strategies for Students with Special Needs
ART 340 Elementary Art Methods
Biology, 3-4 credits
+GEOG 201 Physical Geography
One course each in U.S. history and U.S. Government
KIN 302 Health and Physical Education Concepts and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
+MATH 210 and Theory of Arithmetic
MATH 211 Mathematic Concepts for Teachers
MUS 244 Music for the Elementary Classroom
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