Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Lamoni) Graceland University
Graceland's Elementary Education Degree program is noted for excellence in providing a technology emphasis, psychological and sociological foundations, and learning theory. Beginning in the sophomore year, coursework is balanced by extensive field experiences in both public and private schools. Candidates also have the option of international student teaching placements.
Entry to Teacher Education
In order to be accepted into the Teacher Education program, students must
- Submit an application to the Teacher Education program,
- Complete and submit a graduation plan
- Earn and maintain a minimum Graceland University GPA of 2.75
- Earn a grade of “C” or higher in all education courses
- Successful completion of EDUC1300 Introduction to Education OR an approved Introduction to Education and EDUC1410 Clinical Experience Lab
- Submit and disclose revoked or suspended education-related licenses (e.g. para-educator, coaching, etc.) and/or any criminal convictions
- Undergo periodic state background checks
- Submit three professional/faculty references (two of which must come from GSOE faculty)
Students must apply and be accepted by the school of education separately from applying to and being accepted to Graceland University. This process happens after students begin taking on-campus coursework in education and will receive on-campus guidance through the application process.
Student Teaching is the capstone clinical field experience during which time students take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to a real-world school setting such as a high school or elementary school. Student teaching is 70 consecutive days long. During this experience in an accredited school classroom, students will gradually assume full-time teaching duties under the supervision of the cooperating (classroom) teacher and the university supervisor.
Student candidates who want to be part of Student Teaching must complete the following requirements prior to March 1 of the year before the date student teaching is to begin. Applicants must
- Be admitted to the Teacher Education Program,
- Complete required Education courses with e-portfolio assessed,
- Maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA,
- Earn a “C” or higher grade in all required Education classes,
- Complete a successful practicum or internship,
- Remove incomplete grades in required Education courses or other courses. If completion of an incomplete grade is pending, submit a plan for completion before participation in student teaching.
At the close of their final semester, students normally apply to the state for licensure. Teaching certificates are then issued by Iowa to applicants who meet these requirements:
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher and “C” or higher grades in all education courses
- Specific program completion with a “Pass” grade for student teaching
- Completion of program surveys and assessments
- Successful completion of e-portfolio
- A university recommendation.
When planning to teach in a state other than Iowa, students will plan their programs in accordance with the requirements of the other state. They will in turn be recommended by the university for those certificates for which they qualify.
In addition to the general education requirements, majors in Elementary Education must complete the Education requirements and one approved concentration:
- SCIE1200 Integrated Science with Lab – 4
- Science elective 2-4
- ENGL1100 Composition I: Introduction to Writing Skills or HONR1010 Honors 101 – 3
- COMM1100 Foundations of Public Speaking or HONR2010 Honors 201 – 3
- MATH1310 Mathematical Concepts – 3
- *Mathematics elective (MATH1360 Statistics for Critical Thinking recommended) – 3
- HIST1320 World Civilizations II or HIST2420 U.S. History since 1877 – 3
- POLS1300 United States Government or an approved United States Government with civic literacy class – 3
- EDUC1300 Introduction to Education – 3 or a School of Education approved Introduction to Education course and EDUC1410 Clinical Experience Lab – 1
- EDUC2120 Human Relations – 3
- EDUC2300 Children’s and Adolescent Literature in Elementary Education – 3
- EDUC2420 Teacher Education Entry Workshop – 0
- EDUC3300 Foundations of Literacy Instruction – 3
- EDUC3475 Social Studies Methods and Content Reading Strategies – 3
- EDUC3481 Language Arts, Reading, and Writing Methods – 3
- EDUC3511 Science Methods for Elementary Educators – 3
- EDUC3530 Math Methods for Elementary Educators – 3
- EDUC3540 Elementary Education Methods Lab – 1
- EDUC3580 Education of Exceptional Children and Adults – 3
- EDUC3590 Educational Psychology and Measurement – 3
- EDUC3710 K-6 Elementary Education Practicum (may be met by electing EDUC3280, EDUC3290, EDUC3330, or EDUC3450).
- Students with concentrations in Art, Music, or Physical Education must conduct the internship in the appropriate subject area – 1-2
- EDUC4250 Professional Practice Seminar – 3
- ** EDUC4400 Elementary Student Teaching – 14
- PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology – 3
- EDUC2500 Teaching PK/Elementary Physical Education, Health/Wellness, Visual and Performance Arts – 1-3 or
Methods courses in
- Elementary Physical Education
- Visual Arts
- Performance Arts (Music or Creative Drama)
EDUC4380 Capstone Seminar – 0
*A Computer Science course will not meet the mathematics elective.
**Students with majors in Elementary Education and another teaching discipline who are seeking endorsements at both the elementary and secondary levels should substitute EDUC4450 Combination Student Teaching. Students with a concentration in K-8 Mild/Moderate Special Education should substitute EDUC4460 Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching.
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