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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.

2013 graduates

Here's a sampling of what 2013 education graduates have done:

Alannah Golden 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 studied in Greece as a junior, discovered a knack for creative writing and relished her student-teaching experience.

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, earth and space, 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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College partners with Longfellow on river projects

Students in grades K-6 at Longfellow Liberal Arts School in Rock Island collaborated with Augustana for a project on the Mississippi River. Augustana funded a month-long study of the river, including classroom sets of books, an author visit, outreach programs and free field trips. Education majors also worked at Longfellow, working with a different grade each trimester, four hours a week.

Running the gamut in first teaching job

Caitlin N. Griffin '13 is in her first teaching job, with seven different classes every day. She teaches English for grades 8-12, plus mass communication and advanced writing, in Moulton, Iowa. She said her favorite thing about teaching is, simply, the children. “They have a lot of energy, and they are still not cynical about the world,” she said. “They surprise me all the time.”

More Than I Imagined: Erik Westerberg

Academic All-American Erik Westerberg is majoring in math and math education. Why Augie? The classroom sizes were small enough where I could build a relationship with professors; it was a safe distance away from my home in Elmhurst, Ill.; and because of the opportunity to be a part of Augustana's storied football program.
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