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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.

• 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.

• 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
ART 340
BIOL, 3-4 credits
KIN 302
MATH 210 and 211
MUS 244
HIST 201 or 202
PSCI 101
GEOG 201

• 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.

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