Education, Elementary


The best teachers guide students beyond a textbook. They spark exploration, discovery of strengths, and unveil the deep value of diversity. A teacher's impact on the social and emotional development of youth reverberates throughout generations. The influence an educator can have on the children of today – and on the world of tomorrow – is unbounded. We'll prepare you.

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


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More Information on the Elementary Education Program

More Information about Elementary Education

When can I apply to the Educator Preparation Program?

You should apply for admission to the Educator Preparation Program during the semester you're enrolled in EDUC 205 or 207.

What will I learn?

The Educator Preparation 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.

Your education is tailored to the modern world. Learn how to use technology in the classroom, assess students of all abilities, convey the importance of social action and multiculturalism, and more.

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

Elementary education majors will complete an endorsement in either math, science, social studies, history, English/language arts, reading, French, German, Spanish, special education, and pre-kindergarten/kindergarten.

What unique learning opportunities are available?

We offer unmatched, real-world experience and learning resources.

You'll enjoy a low student-teacher ratio and be assigned a faculty mentor to guide you throughout your education.

You will begin working with children early in your college career through completing 50 hours of classroom observation, including lesson planning, classroom management, and teaching techniques. Your observation and student teaching hours can be completed in a variety of educational settings due to this unique, bi-state area: public and private schools; urban and rural communities; and students from low-income and privileged households.

We have a Reading Clinic at Adams Elementary School in Davenport where you will work with youth to increase their reading skills and be responsible for lesson plans, testing, and evaluation. At most universities, such experience would be reserved for master's students. At St. Ambrose, we believe these are vital skills to prepare you for guiding and cultivating success in your own classroom.

Our students have all the resources they need. The SAU School of Education's Curriculum Library has educational material, instructional resources, and teaching aids.

If service is part of your plan, we are one of few universities in Iowa offering Peace Corps Prep, a series of courses that can make you a stronger candidate for volunteer positions within the Peace Corps or other service programs. Most students can earn the certificate – awarded by the Peace Corps – without taking extra courses. Peace Corps Prep is a competitive edge that sets you apart and broadens your opportunities, no matter what path you choose.

Faculty and Staff

Gene Bechen, PhD, Professor; Director, School of Education
Administrative Assistants: Jennet Jewell, Trish Zinger

Dale Blesz, PhD, Professor
Brenda Boleyn, PhD, Professor
Sherri Marceau, MA, Instructor
Charley Ohnemus, Curriculum Library Specialist
Deanna Stoube, PhD, Professor
Edwin Ubeda, PhD, Assoc. Professor
Tanya Volkova, PhD, Professor
Jennifer Willette, Children's Campus Director

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

Admission Requirements

a.  Complete 40 field hours in EDUC 205 or provide verification through EDUC 207.
b.  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.
c.  Receive a grade of "B" or above in EDUC 205 or 207.
d.  A completed application for admission to teacher education program form (including statement of fraud section and necessary signatures).
e. Complete EDUC 282 and EDUC 284 with at least a B average

GPA 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.

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Education GPA of 3.0
  • Content GPA (if applicable) of 3.0

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, pre-kindergarten/kindergarten, 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 284 Child and Adolescent Development
EDUC 300 The Pluralistic Classroom
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
+EDMATH 210 Theory of Arithmetic
EDMATH 211 Mathematic Concepts for Teachers
+EDGEOG 201 Physical Geography
EDART 370 Elementary Art Methods
EDMUS 244 Music for the Elementary Classroom
KIN 302 Health and Physical Education Concepts and Methods for Elementary School Teachers
Biology, 3-4 credits
One course each in U.S. history and U.S. Government

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 Educator Preparation 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 Educator Preparation Appeals Committee through the Assessment Coordinator of the Educator Preparation Program one semester before the start of the student teaching semester.

Endorsements

English/Language Arts (K-8)
Required Courses:
ENGL 120, 210 or 211, 313, 316;
COMM 101 or 203 or 110 or 328 or 329;
EDUC 369, 371, 372, 452;
THTR 105
EDCOMM 325

Mathematics (K-8)
Required Courses:
EDUC 354;
CSCI 140;
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 201, 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:
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

English as a Second Language-ESL/ELL (K-12)
Required Courses:
EDUC 302, 311 and 401;
EDENGL 230, 380 and 381;
ENGL 313
Can only be added to an approved Elementary major with another endorsement area or an approved Secondary major.

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

Plans to Graduate

Click to see these other endorsements:
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 Educator Preparation Program at the end of their spring Freshman semester.
  • maintains admission in the Educator Preparation Program

Year One

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGL 101 Composition 3 EDUC 205 Intro to the Teaching Profession 2
PHIL (100/200) 3 Creative Arts 3
HIST 201 US to 1877 or HIST 202 US since 1877 3 COMM 129, 132, 203, 228, or 329 3
EDUC 284 Child and Adolescent Development 3 THEO (100/200) 3
IL 101 InfoLit 1 PSCI 101 American Gov't 3
KIN 149 1 EDUC 282 Educational Teaching 2
NSS (elective) 1
TOTAL 15 credits TOTAL 16 credits

Year Two

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ART 240 Digital Photography 2-3 COMM 325 Intro to Speech Pathology 3
SPED 310 Inclusion Strategies for Students w/Special Needs 3 EDUC 309 Educational Psychology: Tests and Measurements 3
EDUC 300 The Pluralistic Classroom 3 EDUC 329 Methods of Teaching Social Studies 3
EDUC 369 Child/Adolescent Lit. 2 EDUC 372 LA and Reading, 4-8 3
GEOG 201 Physical Geography 3 MATH 210 Theory of Arithmetic 3
EDUC 371 LA and Reading in the Elem. Schools K-3 3 MUS 244 Music for the Elem. Classroom 2-3
TOTAL 16-17 credits TOTAL 17-18 credits

Year Three

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDUC 452 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Techniques of Teaching Reading 3 EDUC 459 Elem. Content Reading 3
ENGL 313 3 EDUC 453 Reading Clinic 4
MATH 211 Math Concepts for Teachers 3 EDUC 354 Methods of Teaching Math K-8 4
KIN 302 Health and PE Concepts and Methods for Elem. School Teachers 3 EDUC 460 Developing Evidence-Based Reading Instruction Programs 1
PHIL/THEO 300-400 3
TOTAL 15 credits TOTAL 12 credits

Year Four

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDUC 301 History and Philosophy of Education 3 EDUC 409 Student Teaching 15
KIN activity 1-2
BIOL 4
EDUC 352/353 Teaching the Biological and Earth/Space Sciences K-8 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 SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGL 101 Composition 3 EDUC 205 Intro to the Teaching Profession 2
THEO 101 Intro to Theology and Religion 3 THTR 105 Beginning Acting: Voice and Body 3
HIST 201 U.S. to 1877 3 Humanities 3
EDUC 284 Child and Adolescent Development 3 PHIL 3
IL 101 InfoLit 1 Foreign Language 101 3
KIN 149 Wellness Concepts 1 EDUC 282 Educational Technology 2
NSS 1
Creative Arts 2
TOTAL 17 credits TOTAL 16 credits

Sophomore Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MATH 191 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4 MATH 192 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
MATH 210 Theory of Arithmetic 3 MATH 211 Math Concepts for Teachers 3
Foreign Language 102 3 EDUC 371 LA and Reading in Elem. Schools K-3 3
EDUC 369 Child and Adolescent Lit. 2 EDUC 309 Educational Psychology: Tests and Measurements 3
COMM 132 Survey of Human Communication 3 GEOG 201 Physical Geography 3
KIN 302 Health and PE Concepts and Methods for Elem. Teachers 3 MUS 244 Music for the Elem. Classroom 2-3
TOTAL 18 credits TOTAL 18-19 credits

Junior Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MATH 300 Modern Probability and Stats 3 MATH 301 Statistical Modeling 3
WI-MATH 395 Seminar in Math 1 THEO/PHIL 3
EDUC 372 LA and Reading in the Elem. Schools 4-8 3 EDUC 354 Methods of Teaching Math 4
BIOL 109 Environmental Science 3 EDUC 329 Methods of Teaching Social Studies 3
PSCI 3 EDUC 301 History and Philosophy of Education 3
SPED 310 Inclusion Strategies for Students w/Special Needs 3
TOTAL 16 credits TOTAL 16 credits

Senior Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science 3 EDUC 409 Student Teaching 15
EDUC 452 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Techniques of Teaching Reading 4
ART 340 Painting 2
EDUC 352 Teaching the Biological and Earth/Space Sciences K-8 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 SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGL 101 Composition 3 EDUC 205 Field Experience 2
PHIL 101 Philosophies of Life 3 Humanities 3
HIST 201 US to 1877 or HIST 202 US since 1877 3 COMM 129 Intro. to Public Speaking 3
EDUC 284 Child/Adolescent Psych. 3 THEO 101 Intro to Theology and Religion 3
IL 101 InfoLit 1 BIOL (lab not required) 3-4
KIN 149 1 EDUC 282 Educational Technology 2
NSS* New Student Seminar 1
Creative Arts 2
TOTAL 17 credits TOTAL 16-17 credits

Sophomore Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
SPED 311 Foundations of Special Education 2 SPED 314 Managing Behavior and Social Integration Skills 3
SPED 312 Characteristics of Learners with Mild-Moderate Disabilities 2 KIN 302 Health and PhysEd Concepts and Methods for Elem. School Teachers 3
EDUC 309 Educational Psychology: Tests and Measurements 3 EDUC 300 The Pluralistic Classroom 3
EDUC 329* Methods of Teaching Social Studies 3 EDUC 369 Child and Adolescent Literature 2
PSCI 101 American Gov't 3 EDUC 371* LA and Reading in Elem. Schools K-3 3
GEOG 201 Physical Geography 3 MATH 210 Theory of Arithmetic 3
KIN Activity 1
TOTAL 17 credits TOTAL 17 credits

Junior Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
SPED 310 Inclusion Strategies for Students w/Special Needs 3 SPED 416 Curriculum: Content and Materials for Learners w/Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3
SPED 411 Assessment in Special Education 3 SPED 313 Collaboration with Families and Professionals 3
EDUC 372 LA and Reading in Elem. Schools 4-8 3 EDUC 354* 4
MATH 211 Math Concepts for Teachers 3 EDUC 452 4
MUS 244 Music for the Elem. Classroom 2-3 PHIL/THEO 300-400 3
ENGL 380* (IL license) 3
TOTAL 17-18 credits TOTAL 17 credits

Senior Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
SPED 417 Methods for Teaching Elem. Learners w/Mild-Moderate Disabilities 3 EDUC 409 Student Teaching 7
EDUC 301 History and Philosophy of Education 3 SPED 418 Student Teaching Special Education 7-8
ART 340 Painting 2
EDUC 352 Teaching the Biological and Earth/Space Sciences K-8 2
EDUC 353* Teaching Physical Sciences K-8 2
PHIL/THEO 3
EDUC 459 (IL license) 3
TOTAL 18 TOTAL 14-15

*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 SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ENGL 101 Composition 3 EDUC 205 Field Experience 2
PHIL (100/200) 3 EDUC 282 Educational Technology 2
HIST 201 US to 1877 or HIST 202 US since 1877 3 Oral COMM 3
Foreign Language 101 3 THEO (100/200) 3
IL 101 InfoLit 1 EDUC 284 Child and Adolescent Development 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 SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MATH 210 Theory of Arithmetic 3 SPED 310 Inclusion Strategies for Students w/Special Needs 3
EDUC 329 Methods of Teaching Social Studies 3 World History 3
EDUC 369 Child and Adolescent Lit. 3 EDUC 371 LA and Reading in Elem. Schools K-3 3
PSCI 101 American Gov't 3 MATH 211 Math Concepts for Teachers 3
EDUC 309 Educational Psychology: Tests and Measurements 3 BIOL 3
KIN 302 Health and PE Concepts and Methods for Elem. Teachers 3
TOTAL 18 credits TOTAL 18 credits

Junior Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
EDUC 301 History and Philosophy of Education 3 ECON 3
GEOG 201 Physical Geography 3 Humanities 3
EDUC 354 Methods of Teaching Math (K-8) 4 PHIL/THEO 200 3
ART 340 Painting 3 BIOL 3
EDMUS 244 Music for the Elem. Classroom 2-3
TOTAL 15-16 credits TOTAL 12 credits

Senior Year

Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
PHIL/THEO 300 3 EDUC 409 Student Teaching 15
Sociology 3
Humanities 3
EDUC 352 Teaching the Biological and Earth/Space Sciences 2
EDUC 353 Teaching Physical Sciences (K-8) 2
EDUC 452 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Techniques of Teaching Reading 4
TOTAL 17 TOTAL 15

*Elective

Revised September 2017

Scholarships and Grants

First-Year

St. Ambrose offers excellent scholarships and grants, work-study and other financial aid options! Full-time students may be eligible based upon your strong academic performance in college, your talent in fine arts or athletics or your demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code for the FAFSA is 001889.

First-Year Scholarships and Institutional Aid 2022-2023

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria. The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using unweighted high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Please note, while St. Ambrose University has a test-optional admissions policy, standardized test scores are required for both admission to specific programs and/or eligibility for top academic scholarships. Scholarships and grants are renewable for four years of undergraduate study. 

Your scholarship will automatically renew each year of your undergraduate studies - up to four years - as long as you maintain satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree, achieve certain GPA requirements (see below), and remain a full-time student. 

Download helpful PDFs of this information here: First-Year Iowa Resident or First-Year Out of State Resident


IOWA RESIDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

Iowa Resident On Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Trustee Scholar
Criteria: unweighted 3.9 GPA and minimum 29 ACT or 1340 SAT score. Must maintain 3.25 cumulative GPA in successive years.
Award: $25,000/year and invited to compete for an Ambrose Scholar full-tuition award

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $15,000-$21,000/year

University Grant
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000/year

Iowa Resident On Campus Additional Institutional Aid

Ambrose Advantage
Criteria: Iowa resident, Federal Pell Grant eligible, 2022 high school graduate, min. unweighted GPA 2.5, admitted to SAU, and FAFSA filed by Mar. 15. To remain eligible in subsequent years, students must maintain 2.5 GPA and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.
Award: Full tuition

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

Menke Parish Scholarship
Criteria: Diocese of Davenport parishioner, additional application required
Award: $1,000/year



IOWA RESIDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

Iowa Resident Off Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000-$16,000/year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $11,000/year

Iowa Resident Off Campus Additional Institutional Scholarships

Ambrose Advantage
Criteria: Iowa resident, Federal Pell Grant eligible, 2022 high school graduate, min. unweighted GPA 2.5, admitted to SAU, and FAFSA filed by Mar. 15. To remain eligible in subsequent years, students must maintain 2.5 GPA and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.
Award: Full tuition

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $500/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year



OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

Out of State On Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Trustee Scholar
Criteria: unweighted 3.9 GPA and minimum 29 ACT or 1340 SAT score. Must maintain 3.25 cumulative GPA in successive years.
Award: $25,000/year and invited to compete for an Ambrose Scholar full-tuition award

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $17,000-$23,000/year

University Grant
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000/year

Out of State On Campus Additional Institutional Aid

Athletic Scholarships
Critieria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Critieria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

Menke Parish Scholarship
Criteria: Diocese of Davenport parishioner, additional application required
Award: $1,000/year



OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

Out of State Off Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $14,000-$17,000/year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $11,000/year

Out of State Off Campus Additional Institutional Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $500/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

State and Federal Grants, Work Study

Grants are money that you don't repay, and they can come from government or private sources. SAU receives all financial aid funds directly - including loans and grants - then applies them to your account: once in the fall term and once in the spring term. Grants can be used to cover your tuition, books, and housing costs. You must apply for grants each academic year. If you have any loan funds in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement. For all of these grants, you must complete the Free Application Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1.


Iowa Tuition Grant
To be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant, you must be a resident of Iowa as defined by the State Board of Regents and currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at an eligible Iowa college or university (SAU is eligible). Iowa College Aid administers need-based college financial aid for Iowans, such as the Iowa Tuition Grant. FAFSA deadline is July 1.
Award: $6,800

Federal Pell Grant
Awarded to students of the highest need based on how much your family can contribute to your education. The U.S. Department of Education sets a Expected Family Contribution (EFC) threshold. Then, when you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it computes where you land within that threshold and determines if you qualify for the grant and for how much.
Award: $6,345 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
To qualify, you must file a FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 15 and you must qualify for a Pell Grant. This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students who have submitted all required documents for review and in time for the review to be complete. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant or SEOG, the awards will appear on your financial aid award letter. Award: $400 maximumFederal Work Study
Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $1,850

Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant 
Provides aid to students intending to teach in a high-need field at a school that serves low-income families (as determined by the U.S. Department of Education or a state education agency). Review criteria and all details here.
Award: up to $4,000

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.


Rick Cushman '00


Rick wanted to discover how he could shape the world, so he chose St. Ambrose. Today, he carries what he learned and lived at SAU into his classroom every day. As an educator and an Ambrosian, he plans to spark never-ending curiosity and exploration in the next generation, and give them the tools to succeed.

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Gene Bechen, PhD, Director

School of Education
Ambrose Hall 217
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6380
BechenEugeneF@sau.edu

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