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Drew Croegaert '11 gained experience at nearby Longfellow Elementary. He's now a fourth-grade teacher at Pleasant View Elementary just across the Mississippi River in Bettendorf, Iowa.
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The Quad Cities offers student teaching positions ranging from public to parochial and from inner-city to rural. Prior to student teaching, education majors complete at least three clinical experiences within local school districts. There also are a great number of tutoring opportunities in the Quad Cities, many of which are available through the education department.

The education department offers two immersion opportunities — in Jamaica and Florida — that provide students intensive, hands-on experience.

Through its collaborative partnership with nearby Longfellow Elementary School, the department provides education majors with "real-world" experience in the classroom in advance of student teaching.

Recent graduates

Here's a sampling of what education graduates have done:

Alannah Golden '13 did field research at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, Fla., as a sophomore and presented at a national conference in Denver the following year.

Sarah Ebener '13 studied in Greece as a junior, discovered a knack for creative writing and relished her student-teaching experience.

Rebecca Potenberg '15 started her first year of teaching at Stark County schools in Illinois in the fall of 2015. She'll be teaching biological sciences at the high school level.

Augustana offers a major in elementary education (1-6); licensure programs in art, foreign language (French, German, Spanish), and music education (K-12); and secondary education (6-12) in English language arts, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, physics), and social science (geography, history). Elementary candidates completing their program by spring 2017 will be qualified for a K-9 license.

Augustana’s program has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education since that organization began in 1954. Fewer than half of teacher education programs in Illinois have this distinction.

The department has seven full-time faculty members, six with a Ph.D., and all serving as student advisors. An average class has 15-20 students, though some have as few as four.

Faculty members share a wide range of professional experiences with students: teaching in public and private schools in- and out-of-state, teaching abroad, moving from teaching to administration, field experience and advanced study.

Facts and distinctions

More than 90 percent of Augustana students enrolled in education programs complete their degree in four years, often including a term abroad.

Mary O'Malley ’11, mathematics and secondary education majors

“Because Augustana is a small liberal arts school, I was fortunate enough to work with the same faculty throughout my four years here, so not only was I able to form relationships with them, but they were able to see me grow and help steer me on the path that I needed to be on."

Lauryn Dick '11 Marie, music education major

"When I was finished student teaching, I looked back and saw what I was capable of doing. The experience reassured my passion for the career path I chose and gave me the confidence I needed to step out into the real world."

Meredith Skala '13, elementary education major

"Augustana’s education department has played a vital role in my development as an individual and as an educator. They have truly set the example for what it means to be influential."

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Students learn same concepts in a different way

Augustana alumna Caroline Milne teaches biology. She says how teaching has changed a lot in her 13 years at Barrington (Ill.) High School: "Twenty years ago, a student would sit in a classroom, take notes, and on some days perform a lab to reinforce the concepts. Today, lessons are significantly more interactive. My students have increased opportunities to design their own labs, create their own models and have authentic learning experiences."

Learning doesn't stop when teachers start

Becca Sund is now a math teacher at Muscatine High School, so it's no surprise that her peak experience at Augustana was student teaching. "I learned how to take what I learned in the classroom at Augie and apply it to students in a high school classroom. But most importantly, I learned that just because you start teaching doesn’t mean you stop learning."

Jackie Kreiner '15: the end goal

Jackie is looking forward to teaching first grade in Bettendorf, Iowa. She has plans to return to school to receive a master's in education. "I’ve always wanted to be a teacher, but it’s hard to believe that I’m actually going to be one next year. Although the end goal is what I anticipated, my journey to get there was far from what I expected."
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