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St. Ambrose offers an elementary education major which allows a student to 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, for example, as a 5th grade science teacher. The student may also teach at the seventh and eighth grade level in that endorsement area only.

Degree Requirements

+ = Applicable toward general education degree requirements
WI = Writing intensive course 

To acquire an Iowa elementary endorsement, candidates must complete an elementary education major.

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;
MATH 210 and 211;
ART 340,
KIN 302,
MUS 244;
HIST 201 or 202;
PSCI 101;
GEOG 201;

3-4 semester credits in BIOL;

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 166-187 clock hours of pre-student teaching experiences in a school setting at two different grade levels are required before student teaching.

Approved Endorsements

English/Language Arts (K-6)
Required Courses:
ENGL 101, 120, 210 or 211, 316, 313;
COMM 101 or 203 or 110 or 328 or 329;
EDUC 369, 371, 372, 452;
THTR 105.

Read the Plan to Graduate for English Endorsement

Mathematics (K-6)
Required Courses: EDUC 354;

3 credits in computer science;

MATH 151 or 171, 152, (or at least five semester credits of higher level math courses if placement scores indicate that the student should begin with 191) 191, 192, 210, 300, 360.

Reading (K-6)
Required Courses:
EDUC 369, 371, 372, 452, 453, 459, 460;
ENGL 313;
COMM 325.

Science (K-6)
Suggested Courses:
12 hours of physical science recommended from the following:
PHYS 110, 160, 201;
NSCI 105;
CHEM 101, 102, 103, or 105;

6 hours of biology recommended from the following:
BIOL 101, 103, 104, 106, 107, 109, 110, or 123;

6 hours of earth/space science recommended from the following:
ASTR 201 or NSCI 202, 205; GEOG 201.

Foreign Language (K-6)
Required Courses:
EDUC 330;
FREN, GERM or SPAN 201 and 202;

18 credits at 300+ level in selected language including 6 credits in chosen language's literature.

Social Science: History (K-6)
Required Courses:
HIST 101, 102, 111, 112;
EDUC 329;
plus 6 credits of electives in American history and 6 credits of electives in world history.

Social Science: Social Studies (K-6)
Required Courses:
24 credits including U.S. history, world civilization, political science, economics, geography, psychology, and sociology.
EDUC 329 and EDUC 300 are in addition to the 24 semester credits.

Special Education Instructional Strategist I. Mild/Moderate (K-8)
Required Courses: SPED 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 411, 416, 417, 418;
EDUC 452.

Middle School Endorsement

Both Iowa and Illinois consider grades 5-8 as middle grades. The state of Iowa does not require a middle school endorsement to teach at these grade levels, but individual Iowa school districts may require such an endorsement.

A middle school endorsement is a state-wide requirement in Illinois. In both Iowa and Illinois, a middle school endorsement must be in addition to another endorsement such as an elementary or secondary endorsement.

For more detailed information regarding the endorsement, contact Dr. Dean Marple at 563-333-6185.

Additional information regarding middle school endorsement is available at the Web sites for Iowa Board of Educational Examiners or the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), or through the Rock Island Regional Superintendent's Office at 309-736-1111.

Specific course information and class listings can be found in the Course Catalog.

For More Information

Dr. Rachel Serianz, 563-333-6114
Dr. Deanna Stoube, 563-333-6079
Dr. Tanya Volkova, 563-333-6187
Dr. Barbara Wiese, Special Education, 563-333-6174