Education, Elementary


If your ambition is to cultivate young minds, share your enthusiasm and love for learning with children in their formative years, SAU will prepare you to reach - and exceed - your goals in the classroom and in life.

Our graduates work at Brandon Valley School District, South Dakota; Davenport Community School District; Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency; and Rock Island School District, Illinois.


Ambrose Advantages

  • Enriching Learning Environment
  • Faculty Mentors
  • Nationally Accredited Program

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We merge liberal arts, strong professional training, and in-classroom experiences to create caring, qualified, and competent elementary teachers. St. Ambrose has a reputation for graduating exceptional educators who are effective from the first day in the classroom, which helps you achieve your career goals and make the greatest impact.

Read Our Elementary Education Program Fact Sheet (pdf)


More Information on the Elementary Education Program

What will I learn?

The 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 Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

Courses include child and adolescent development, history and philosophy of education, educational psychology, educational technology, language arts and reading, teaching physical sciences, inclusion strategies, and art methods.

Elementary education students also take courses to complete an endorsement in either math, science, social studies, history, English/language arts, reading, French, German, Spanish, or special education.

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 who will guide you throughout your education.

You will begin working with children early in your college career. We have strong, established relationships with the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, Rock Island County Regional Office of Education, 150 public and private schools, and other agencies that serve a diverse population of children and settings.

We have a Reading Clinic at Adams Elementary School in Davenport where 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. A shortened, summer reading clinic is open to all K-8 students in the Quad Cities area.

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.

What are some possible job outcomes?

Our education graduates not only teach in classrooms but are also 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
Sallee Beneke, Assoc. Professor, MECE Director
Bill Thiessen, Instructor, MEA Director 
Administrative Assistants: Jennet JewellTeri McDonald, Trish Zinger

Gene Bechen, Professor
Dale Blesz, Assoc. Professor
Brenda Boleyn, Professor
Cathy Daters, Professor
Kate Degner, Asst. Professor
Becky Furlong, Instructor
Nancy Gardner, Instructor
Laurie Jeans, Asst. Professor
Dick Robertson, Assoc. Professor
Rachel Serianz, Professor
Deanna Stoube, Professor
Edwin Ubeda, Asst. Professor
Tanya Volkova, Assoc. Professor
Barbara Wiese, Professor

Teacher Education Program Admission Steps

The Teacher Education Program 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 Teacher Education Program

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 Teacher Education Program while making sure you satisfy these GPA and ACT requirements below.

Admission Requirements

GPA and ACT Requirements

Overall GPA for entrance to the Teacher Education Program and maintenance of status within the TEP 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 2016-2018 acceptance requires:

a.     ACT score of 21 (or whatever score is in the top 50% 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 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  

3. 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). 

Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

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.

Pre-Student Teaching

A minimum of 109 clock hours of pre-student teaching experiences in a school setting at two different grade levels are required before student teaching.

Required Courses:
EDUC 205 Intro to Teaching, 2 credits or 207 Orientation to Teaching, 1 credit
EDUC 282 Educational Technology
+EDUC 284 Child and Adolescent Development
EDUC 300 Diversity and Culturally-Responsive Teaching
WI-EDUC 301 History and Philosophy of Education
EDUC 282 Educational Technology, 2 credits
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 Inclusion Strategies for Students with Special Needs
+MATH 210 Theory of Arithmetic
MATH 211 Mathematic Concepts for Teachers
+GEOG 201 Physical Geography
ART 340 Elementary Art Methods
Biology, 3-4 credits
One course each in U.S. history and U.S. Government
KIN 302 Health and Physical Education Concepts and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
MUS 244 Music for the Elementary Classroom

Student Teaching

Student teaching is usually in the last semester before graduation and the placement is all day, every day, for one semester.

Guidelines for Admission to Student Teaching

The applicant must meet the following requirements for admission to student teaching and graduation:

1. Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Completion of a proposed sequence of courses leading to licensure.
2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.70 with 3.00 GPAs in education and major/endorsement courses. All grades must be C or above in education and major/endorsement courses. D or F grades are unacceptable.

Note: A student who does not meet any of the above requirements may file an appeal. All appeals must be submitted in writing to the Teacher Education Appeals Committee through the Assessment Coordinator of the Teacher Education Program, one semester before the start of the student teaching semester.

Endorsements

English/Language Arts (K-8)
Required Courses:
ENGL 120, 210 or 211, 316, 313;
COMM 101 or 203 or 110 or 328 or 329;
EDUC 369, 371, 372, 452;
THTR 105.

Mathematics (K-8)
Required Courses:
EDUC 354;
CSCI 281;
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, 211, 300, 301, 395.
(See the Plan to Graduate for Math below)

Reading (K-8)
Required Courses:
EDUC 369, 371, 372, 452, 453, 459, 460;
ENGL 313;
COMM 325.

Science (K-8)
Suggested Courses:
12 hours of physical science recommended from the following: PHYS 110, 160, 201, 203; NSCI 105, 106; CHEM 101, 102, 103, or 105;
6 hours of biology recommended from the following: BIOL 101, 106, 107, 109, 110, 123, 199, or 200;
6 hours of earth/space science recommended from the following: ASTR 201, 221 or NSCI 205; GEOG 201.

Foreign Language (K-8)
Required Courses:
EDUC 330;
Minimum of 24 hours of which 12 should be at the 300-level.

Social Science: History (K-8)
Required Courses:
HIST 101, 202; Choose two from HIST 215, 216, or 217; EDUC 329;
6 credits of electives in American history
6 credits of electives in world history.

Social Science: Social Studies (K-8)
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.

Pre-Kindergarten-Kindergarten Classroom (PK-K)
Can only be added to Elementary with another endorsement area.
Required Courses:
COMM 325;
ECE 365, 381;
ECSE 321, 420;
EDUC 403;
SPED 313.

ESL (K-12)
Required Courses:
EDUC 301, 302 and 401; ENGL 230, 313, 380 and 381.
Can only be added to an approved Elementary major with another endorsement area or an approved Secondary major.

STEM (K-8 and 5-8)
Required Courses:
BIOL 101, 109; CHEM 103; NSCI 105; ENGR 105; CSCI 140; EDUC 390, 490.
MATH 171, MATH 210, MATH 211 OR MATH 191 AND STAT 213 OR MATH-191 and STAT 300.
Can only be added to an approved Elementary major with a mathematics or science endorsement or Middle School Math or Science endorsement.

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

Plans to Graduate

Math Endorsement
Instructional Strategist (Special Education)
Social Studies

Major in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement (K-8)

This is the suggested course of study for students majoring in elementary education and wanting to teach Reading (K-8).

NOTE: This plan assumes the student:

  • has met the foreign language requirement.
  • does not need to take the College Reading or pre-College Math class(es)
  • is admitted to the Teacher Education Program at the end of their spring Freshman semester.
  • maintains admission in the Teacher Education Program

Year One

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
ENGL 101 3 EDUC 205 2
PHIL (100/200) 3 Creative Arts 3
HIST 201/202 3 COMM 129, 132, 203, 228, or 329 3
EDUC 284 3 THEO (100/200) 3
IL 101 1 PSCI 101 3
KIN 149 1 EDUC 282 2
NSS (elective) 1
TOTAL 15 credits TOTAL 16 credits

Year Two

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
ART 240 2-3 COMM 325 3
SPED 310 3 EDUC 309 3
EDUC 300 3 EDUC 329 3
EDUC 369 2 EDUC 372 3
GEOG 201 3 MATH 210 3
EDUC 371 3 MUS 244 2
TOTAL 16-17 credits TOTAL 17 credits

Year Three

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
EDUC 452 3 EDUC 459 3
ENGL 313 3 EDUC 453 4
MATH 211 3 EDUC 354 4
KIN 302 3 EDUC 460 1
PHIL/THEO 300-400 3
TOTAL 15 credits TOTAL 12 credits

Year Four

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
EDUC 301 3 EDUC 409 15
KIN activity 1-2
BIOL 4
EDUC 352/353 4
PHIL/THEO 3
TOTAL 15-16 TOTAL 15

Revised September 2017

Major in Elementary Education with a Math Endorsement (K-8)

This is the suggested course of study for students majoring in elementary education and wanting to teach Math (K-8).

NOTE: This plan assumes the student:·

  • has NOT met the foreign language requirement (3 years of foreign language in high school).
  • does not need to take the College Reading or pre-College Math class(es)
  • is admitted to the Teacher Education Program at the end of their spring Freshman semester.
  • maintains admission in the Teacher Education Program

First Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
ENGL 101 3 EDUC 205 2
THEO 101 3 THTR 105 3
HIST 201 3 Humanities 3
EDUC 284 3 PHIL 3
IL 101 1 Foreign Language 101 3
KIN 149 1 EDUC 282 2
NSS 1
Creative Arts 2
TOTAL 17 credits TOTAL 16 credits

Sophomore Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
MATH 191 4 MATH 192 4
MATH 210 3 MATH 211 3
Foreign Language 102 3 EDUC 371 3
EDUC 369 2 EDUC 309 3
COMM 132 3 GEOG 209 3
KIN 302 3 MUS 244 2
TOTAL 18 credits TOTAL 18 credits

Junior Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
MATH 300 3 MATH 301 3
MATH 395 1 THEO/PHIL 3
EDUC 372 3 EDUC 354 4
BIOL 109 3 EDUC 329 3
PSCI 3 EDUC 301 3
SPED 310 3
TOTAL 16 credits TOTAL 16 credits

Senior Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CSCI 281 3 EDUC 409 15
EDUC 452 4
ART 340 2
EDUC 352 4
KIN Activity 1-2
TOTAL 14-15 TOTAL 15

Major in Elementary Education with an Instructional Strategist Endorsement

This is the suggested course of study for students majoring in elementary education and wanting to teach special education. This is an Instructional Strategist 1:Mild/Moderate Endorsement (K-8) plan.

NOTE: This plan assumes the student:

  • has met the foreign language requirement.
  • does not need to take the College Reading or pre-College Math class(es).
  • Includes two classes for IL licensure.

First Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
ENGL 101 3 EDUC 205 2
PHIL 101 3 Humanities 3
HIST 201 or 202 3 COMM 129 3
EDUC 284 3 THEO 101 3
IL 101 1 BIOL (lab not required) 3-4
KIN 149 1 EDUC 282 2
NSS* 1
Creative Arts 2
TOTAL 17 credits TOTAL 16-17 credits

Sophomore Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
SPED 311/312 4 SPED 314 3
EDUC 309 3 EDUC 300 3
EDUC 329* 3 EDUC 369 2
PSCI 101 3 EDUC 371* 3
GEOG 201 3 MATH 210 3
KIN Activity 1 KIN 302 3
TOTAL 17 credits TOTAL 17 credits

Junior Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
SPED 310 3 SPED 416 3
SPED 411 3 SPED 313 3
EDUC 372 3 EDUC 354* 4
MATH 211 3 EDUC 452 4
MUS 244 2 PHIL/THEO 300-400 3
ENGL 380* (IL license) 3
TOTAL 17 credits TOTAL 17 credits

Senior Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
SPED 417 3 EDUC 409 7
EDUC 301 3 SPED 418 8
ART 340 2
EDUC 352/353* 4
PHIL/THEO 3
EDUC 459 (IL license) 3
TOTAL 18 TOTAL 15

*Elective

Revised August 2017

Major in Elementary Education with Social Studies Endorsement (K-8)

This is the suggested course of study for students majoring in elementary education and wanting to teach Social Studies (K-8).

NOTE: This plan assumes the student:
• has not met the foreign language requirement.
• does not need to take the College Reading or pre-College Math class(es)
• is admitted to the Teacher Education Program at the end of their spring Freshman semester.
• maintains admission in the Teacher Education Program

First Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
ENGL 101 3 EDUC 205 2
PHIL (100/200) 3 EDUC 282 2
HIST 201/202 3 Oral COMM 3
Foreign Language 101 3 THEO (100/200) 3
IL 101 1 EDUC 284 3
KIN 149 1 Foreign Language 102 3
NSS* 1 KIN Activity 1
Creative Arts 3
TOTAL 18 credits TOTAL 17 credits

Sophomore Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
MATH 210 3 SPED 310 3
EDUC 329 3 World History 3
EDUC 369 3 EDUC 371 3
PSCI 101 3 MATH 211 3
EDUC 309 3 BIOL 3
KIN 302 3
TOTAL 18 credits TOTAL 18 credits

Junior Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
EDUC 301 3 ECON 3
GEOG 201 3 Humanities 3
EDUC 354 3 EDUC 354 4
EDUC 301 3 BIOL 3
MUS 244 3 PHIL/THEO 200 3
ART 340 3
TOTAL 18 credits TOTAL 16 credits

Senior Year

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
PHIL/THEO 300 3 EDUC 409 15
Sociology 3
Humanities 3
EDUC 352/353 4
EDUC 452 4
TOTAL 17 TOTAL 15

*Elective

Revised September 2017

Scholarships

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).

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)

To receive an institutional grant or scholarship students must meet specific criteria, and some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible. There is no need to apply for these; students automatically are eligible if they meet the criteria.

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 Awards

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.

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

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 playNAIA.org

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year. For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

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

OR

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Based on Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership. Award is $12,500 per year for new transfer students.

Awards are renewable each year up to a maximum eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

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
563-333-6116
education@sau.edu

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