DEBORAH BRACKE, Assistant Professor, Director of Field Experiences
B.A., Minnesota; M.S., Ed.S., Western Illinois; Ph.D., Iowa
MICHAEL EGAN, Assistant Professor, Licensure Officer
B.S., Notre Dame; Ed.M., Harvard; Ph.D., Boston College
RANDALL HENGST, Professor, Co-Chair, Assessment Coordinator
B.S., M.Ed., Oklahoma; Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison
KATIE HANSON, Instructor
B.A., Luther; M.A., St. Mary’s (Minnesota)
CHARLES HYSER, Professor, Director of Elementary Education
B.A., Cornell; M.A., Ph.D., Minnesota
MICHAEL SCARLETT, Assistant Professor
B.A., Macalester College; M.A., Ph.D., Minnesota
MICHAEL SCHROEDER, Professor, Co-Chair, Director of Secondary Education
B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., Illinois
Entering the Program
Admission to the first Education course, EDUC-300: Educational Psychology and Measurement.
Students may be enrolled in EDUC-300 when they have:
- Earned at least 27 semester credits including AP and transfer courses.
- Declared an education major.
- Met with an education advisor to plan their schedule and discuss qualifications.
- Earned a minimum Augustana GPA of 3.00. Students with overall GPAs of 2.75-2.99 may be enrolled if space is available and they have had at least one term with a 3.0+ GPA.
- Earned at least a C or equivalent in: LSFY-101 or its equivalent. Note: Grades of C- or lower are not accepted by the State of Illinois in courses required for licensure. See your Education Department advisor for more information about this requirement.
- Taken or registered for the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or earned a composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22. Registration for the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) is completed at www.il.nesinc.com. Testing is conducted at locations throughout Illinois.
Admission to Teacher Education
Admission to the Teacher Education Program is by written application and is required for students to take any education program course beyond EDUC-300.
- Earned an Augustana grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00.*
- Secured the signature of the major advisor of the ﬁeld in which the student is preparing to teach.
- Secured the signature of the Education Department advisor.
- Earned a grade of at least C or equivalent in:
LSFY-101 or its equivalent and Educational Psychology and Measurement (EDUC-300).
- Earned a passing score for the Test of Academic Proficiency administered by the Illinois State Board of Education or earned a composite ACT Plus Writing score of at leat 22.
1) secures an oral or written statement of support from his/her academic advisor;
2) earns a 3.0 in the term during which EDUC-300 was taken; and,
3) if asked by the committee chair, meets with the Subcommittee on Admission to and Retention in Teacher Education and presents a convincing case for his/her admission to the program.
Students dismissed from the Teacher Education Program because of GPA deﬁciencies will be required to wait a minimum of one term before reapplying to the program. Reapplication procedures will be monitored closely, taking individual student considerations into account. A student may be readmitted to the program only once. In order to be readmitted the student must secure a letter of support from his/her major advisor and personally meet with the Subcommittee on Admission to and Retention in Teacher Education. At that particular meeting the student must present a convincing case for readmittance.
1. Earned grades of at least C or equivalent in all education courses with a grade lower than a B- in no more than two education courses.
2. Earned credits at Augustana in the areas of educational psychology, methods and clinical experience.
3. Earned a minimum of 24 credits with grades of at least C or equivalent in the ﬁeld in which student teaching is to be completed.
4. Completed 80 or more clock hours of pre-student-teaching clinical experience.
5. Secured the recommendation of the advisor(s) or the chair(s) of the ﬁeld(s) in which the student is preparing to teach.
6. Secured the recommendation of the Education Department advisor.
7. Met all conditions of any provisions applied at the time of admission or established during the course of enrollment in the Teacher Education Program.
8. Completed all work from previous terms in which "I" (incomplete) grades were received.
9. Passed the Illinois Content Test in the field for which licensure is being sought.
The minimal Augustana GPA requirement for student teaching will be 3.00 unless the Subcommittee on Admission to and Retention in Teacher Education makes allowances for a student in the 2.75-2.99 range.
Grading for Student Teaching
P (Pass): A student receiving a Pass grade receives credit for the experience and is allowed to continue in the professional education sequence.
NR (Not Recommended): A student receiving a Not Recommended grade will not receive departmental recommendation for licensure but will receive college credit for the experience.
F (Fail): A student receiving a Fail grade does not receive credit for the experience and may not, except by petition, continue in the professional education sequence.
Recommendation for Licensure and Program Graduation
To be eligible for an Augustana College recommendation to the State of Illinois for licensure the student must have:
1. Satisfied all requirements of the Teacher Education Program.
2. Passed the appropriate Assessment of Professional Teaching Exam administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.
3. Secured the recommendation of the chair(s) of the teaching field(s).
To be licensed in Illinois the student must have:
1. Met the standards established by the Illinois State Board of Education.
2. Secured the recommendation of the institution providing the preparation for teaching.
NOTE: Students completing all teacher education program requirements will be awarded an Augustana degree in an approved teacher education major. However, completion of a major and awarding of the degree do not guarantee licensure.
Provision for appeal of decisions: A decision by the Subcommittee on Admission to and Retention in Teacher Education may be appealed to the Teacher Education Committee. A decision by the Teacher Education Committee may be appealed to the Faculty. The student has the right to be represented by an attorney during the appeal process.
MAJOR IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION. A professional sequence consisting of 29 credits including EDUC-300, EDUC-330, EDUC-340, EDUC-360, EDUC-361, EDUC-362, EDUC-364, EDUC-366, EDUC-391F, EDUC-391W, EDUC-391S, and EDUC-450. To be eligible for teacher licensure in Illinois the student must also successfully complete these 10 additional Education credits: EDUC-422 and EDUC-495. See your education department advisor for information regarding a minimum of 39 credits of supporting courses in other departments that are also required for licensure.
SECONDARY EDUCATION PROGRAM. Teacher candidates in K-12 and secondary education complete 35 credits of professional courses including Education EDUC-300, EDUC-310, EDUC-330, EDUC-340, EDUC-380, EDUC-396, EDUC-397, EDUC-412, EDUC-422, EDUC-450, EDUC-490, and one of EDUC-381, EDUC-382, EDUC-383, EDUC-384, EDUC-385, EDUC-386, EDUC-387. Exceptions apply to Music and Art candidates. See your Education Department Advisors for details. All teacher candidates must also complete a teaching major in one of: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science (Geology), English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, French, German, Latin (Classics), or Spanish. See each department for information on its major requirements.