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Transfer Guide: Secondary Education


• All students, regardless of major, who have successfully earned an AA or AS degree and attained an overall Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher on a 4-point scale will be admitted to SAU with junior status. GPA requirements will be higher for some majors. A cumulative GPA of 2.7/4.0 in all coursework is required for application to the Department of Education. A GPA of 3.0 or better is required in core Education courses. In addition, secondary education majors must maintain a major GPA of 3.0. All major courses and education courses must have a grade of "C" or better.
• Before gaining full admission to the St. Ambrose Teacher Education Program, students must pass the "Praxis I Combined Test" (#5750) testing reading, math and writing - Test scores need to be available by mid-July for students entering in fall and by mid-November for students entering in spring.
• Students are encouraged to select courses at Black Hawk College that meet requirements for the AA/AS Degree, as well as the requirements of their chosen major.
• Students who plan to transfer prior to completion of the AA/AS Degree should reference SAU general education requirements.
• CLEP and Advanced Placement credit are subject to review for credit at SAU on an individual basis. Send these scores at the time you request a transcript be sent to SAU.
• A maximum of 64 community college credits will be applied toward the minimum of 120 credits required for SAU graduation.

Secondary Education majors should include the following courses within the AA/AS Degree.  Note: Students should consult an SAU advisor for requirements of the discipline they wish to teach.

Notes BHC Courses Semester Hours SAU Equivalent
  PSYC 101 (prerequisite for PSYC 290) 3 PSYC 105
  HIST 105 or 106 or POLS 122 3 HIST 201 or 202 or PSCI 101
  CD 200 (fall only) 3 EDUC 284
  CS 210 (except for music majors) 3 EDUC 308 (lower division credit)**
1 Philosophy 100, 101, 103, 205, or 206; HIST 222 (see note) 3-6 Philosophy/Theology General Education Requirement
  PSYC 290 (offered spring only) 3 EDUC 309 (lower division credit)**
  HEAL 102 2 KIN 149 (1 credit hour at SAU)
2 CD 212 3 SPED 310 w/SAU verification of required observation hours (lower division credit)**
3 EDUC 101 or EDUC 235 (min. grade of "B" required) 2-3 EDUC 205 w/SAU verification of required observation hours
4 Foreign Language 0-8 Foreign Language-General Education Requirement
5 Major courses 6-15 Consult an SAU advisor


Students' assessment scores might indicate the necessity of prerequisite English, math or reading courses in addition to the courses suggested in this sequence.

1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one Philosophy course prior to transferring to SAU. Students not earning the AA/AS degree may meet up to six hours of the twelve hour Philosophy/Theology requirement prior to transfer by completing one Philosophy course and HIST 222 at BHC. Students who earn the AA/AS degree at BHC will only need to complete 6 hours of Philosophy/Theology after transfer. An introductory philosophy course is recommended to meet a humanities requirement at BHC, as well as a prerequisite for an upper level philosophy or theology course at SAU.
2. Consult SAU for verification of required observation hours for SPED 310.
3. Students will need 50 hours of field experience verified by SAU to meet the course requirement for EDUC 205 at SAU.
4. SAU requires three years of the same foreign language in high school or two semesters of the same foreign language through 102 at the college level. Courses in sign language may meet the requirement.
5. Students are encouraged to consult an SAU advisor on selection of courses for the requirements of the discipline they wish to teach. When possible, courses selected for general education should overlap with major requirements.
6. **Will not count toward 300-level requirements.

St. Ambrose Contact 
SAU Department of Education
Phone: 563-333-6116

Black Hawk Contact
Mary Anne Dockery-Jackson
Phone: 309-796-5164

This guide is not intended to be a contract with SAU. The information of this guide is subject to change; students are advised to contact SAU to keep informed of changes. Final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies with the student. Using this guide in conjunction with the BHC Catalog, the student will use to fulfill degree requirements. 

Updated: September, 2013