Bachelor of Education

Whether you've realized your life calling is working with youth or decided it's time to pursue a second career or degree, our Bachelor of Education program lets you focus on just the courses you need, allowing you to reach your teaching goals faster.

Our graduates work at Head Start, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, Illinois Regional Office of Education and as teachers and principals in public and private schools in Iowa, Illinois, Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Enriching learning environment
  • Faculty mentors
  • Nationally accredited program

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You already hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree, and we welcome your expertise into our classrooms. SAU lets you build on that foundation, not repeat it. You will be exempt from general education requirements and can focus on learning to be a teacher and gaining in-classroom experience.

More information on our Bachelor of Education Program

What will I learn?

The SAU Teacher Education Program prepares students to receive an initial license to teach in Iowa agencies and schools. Our program is approved by the Iowa Department of Education and nationally accredited by the Council for Educator Preparation (CAEP), formerly the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

Much of your coursework is determined based on the level you choose to teach: early childhood, elementary, or secondary education. Generally, all teacher education students take courses in child and adolescent development, teaching methods, education technology, inclusion, as well as complete observation hours, field study, and student teaching.

Teacher education students also pick a major for specialization and take the courses needed to earn a teaching endorsement.

What unique learning opportunities are available?

Our Teacher Education Program focuses on you, and we offer unmatched real-world experience and learning resources.

Not only will you enjoy a low student-teacher ratio, you will be assigned a faculty mentor to guide you throughout your education. We have a Reading Clinic at Adams Elementary School in Davenport. Up to 60 undergraduate students (early childhood and elementary majors) work with youth during the academic year to increase reading skills. Our students are responsible for lesson plans, testing, and evaluation.

At most universities, such experience would be reserved for master's students. Not at St. Ambrose. We believe you need these skills before graduate school.

We also make sure our students have all the resources they need. The SAU School of Education's Curriculum Library has educational material, instructional resources, and teaching aids that will help prepare you to be a teacher.

If your goal is to work with youth in the classroom and on the field, we offer the courses you need to earn your Iowa Coaching Endorsement.

And if service is part of your plan, we one of few universities in Iowa offering Peace Corps Prep, a program that can make you a stronger candidate for volunteer positions within the Peace Corps or other service programs. You'll gain skills and a cultural worldview that employers value and best of all, most students can earn the certificate – awarded by the Peace Corps – without taking extra courses.

What are some possible job outcomes?

Our education graduates not only teach in classrooms but also are employed as principals, school librarians, reading teachers, curriculum specialists, and guidance counselors.

If you decide to continue your education, St. Ambrose offers a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Education in Educational Administration. The programs allow you to continue working with professors you have come to know, and know you, too.

Faculty and Staff

Tom Carpenter, Professor; Director, School of Education
Administrative Assistants: Jennet JewellTeri McDonald, Trish Zinger

Gene Bechen, Professor
Sallee Beneke, Assoc. Professor, MECE Director
Dale Blesz, Assoc. Professor
Brenda Boleyn, Professor
Becky Furlong, Instructor
Nancy Gardner, Instructor
Laurie Jeans, Asst. Professor
Dick Robertson, Assoc. Professor
Deanna Stoube, Professor
Bill Thiessen, Instructor, MEA Coordinator
Edwin Ubeda, Asst. Professor
Tanya Volkova, Assoc. Professor

School of Education Admission Steps

The School of Education at St. Ambrose University includes areas of study necessary to prepare highly-qualified, professional classroom teachers and enables the student to receive an initial license to teach in Iowa agencies and schools.

The program is approved by the Iowa Department of Education. Through agreements with other states, graduates may apply for certification after receiving an Iowa license.

There is some planning involved before you apply, so follow the steps below.

Steps to Apply for Admission to the School of Education

Step One:

Complete these general education courses:

ENGL 101 Written Communications
PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology
One course in American History or American Government
One Biology and Non-biological Science (only ECE/Elem. majors)
COMM 110 Basic Human Communication

Step Two:

Enroll in EDUC 205 or EDUC 207. Prerequisites: Complete (or transfer) 12 credit hours. GPA must be at least 2.7.

Step Three:

While enrolled in either EDUC 205 or EDUC 207, apply for admission to the School of Education while making sure you satisfy these GPA and ACT requirements below.

Admission Requirements

GPA and ACT Requirements

Overall GPA for entrance to the School of Education and maintenance of status within the School shall be calculated by using only the credits transferred into St. Ambrose University plus the credits earned at SAU.

1. For applicants to the program during 2018-2020 acceptance requires:

a.     ACT score of 22 (or whatever score is in the top 40% nationally at that time)
b.     Cumulative GPA of 3.0
c.     Education GPA of 3.0
d.     Content GPA (if applicable) of 3.0

2. For applicants to the program 2020 and beyond acceptance requires:

a.     ACT score of 23 (or whatever score is in the top 33% nationally at that time)
b.     Cumulative GPA of 3.0
c.     Education GPA of 3.0
d.     Content GPA (if applicable) of 3.0

Requirements for all years of entry:

a.   Pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam.
   i. Reading - score of 156
   ii. Writing - score of 162
   iii. Math - score of 150
b.   Complete 50 field hours in EDUC 205 or provide verification through EDUC 207.
c.   Two professional rating forms (EDUC 205 or 207 instructor, and cooperating teacher's evaluation) which show applicant earned an average rating of at least Developing (3) in the three separate dispositional categories and recommended by both course instructor and cooperating teacher to continue on into the program.
d.   Receive a grade of "B" or above in EDUC 205 or 207.
e.   A completed application for admission to teacher education program form (including statement of fraud section and necessary signatures).

Degree Requirements

A Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree is for individuals with a bachelor's or master's degree seeking teacher licensure.

For example: a student who already holds a degree in business now wants to teach high school business classes. The next step is to complete business and education courses required for a teaching license. Because the student already holds a business degree, in most cases few courses in the major would be required. Typically, a B.Ed. student is free to focus on education coursework.

Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Education Program

  1. All credit earned to date, whether from St. Ambrose or another institution, must meet the minimum GPA requirement. Candidates who do not have the statistical possibility to meet our required GPAs can appeal this policy at any time. The appeal committee will take into account the "complete academic picture" of the candidate when considering such an appeal.
  2. B.Ed. students are exempt from general education requirements.
  3. To receive a Bachelor of Education a student needs to complete 30 of the last 45 semester credits through St. Ambrose University.
  4. Required coursework is identical to those for early childhood, elementary, or secondary licensure.

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Scholarships and Grants


For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code is 001889.

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria, although some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full-tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Scholarships (2018-19)

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Menke Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation form (pdf) to be completed by your pastor.

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), St. Ambrose can award athletic scholarships to student athletes. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year.

St. Ambrose scholarships are awarded for fall and spring semesters only and renewable up to 120 credits of undergraduate study, which includes credits transferred to St. Ambrose from prior attendance. For example: If you transfer in with an AA/AS degree, you would receive a scholarship for two additional years at St. Ambrose.

For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Institutional Aid

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Criteria: Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership
Award: $12,500/year for new transfer students, renewable each year up to eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Out-of-State Grant

Criteria: non-Iowa resident
Award: $2,000/year

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarship

Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate; on-campus students only
Award: $1,000/year

Freeman Pollard Diversity Award

Criteria: accepted diverse student
Award: $1,000/year on-campus; $500/year off-campus

Athletics Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability
Marching band scholarships also available
Award varies

Fine Arts Scholarship

Criteria: performance and ability in art, music, theatre
Audition or portfolio required
Award varies

Dual Admission Scholarship

Criteria: participant in SAU/community college dual admission program
Award: $1,000 maximum

Federal and State Aid

Federal Pell Grant

Criteria: based on financial need; file FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $5,920 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Criteria: based on financial need, priority to Pell Grant recipients. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $400 maximum

Federal Work Study Award

Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1
Award: $1,850

Iowa Tuition Grant

Criteria: based on financial need, Iowa residents only. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1, deadline July 1.
Award: @{Iowa-Tuition-Grant}

Carver Scholarship

Criteria: Iowa resident and entering junior, visit for eligibility details, deadline April 1.
Award: $7,600 maximum

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.

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Tom Carpenter, PhD, Director

School of Education
Ambrose Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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