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More than 90 percent of education majors complete their degree in four years, often including a term abroad.

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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.

Careers and internships

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.

Distinctions

Education students in Jamaica
Education students in Jamaica

Student teaching placements options include rural, urban, suburban, public and parochial institutions. All student teaching placements take place in the Quad-Cities area and are closely supervised by faculty members.

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.

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

Club Ed members take part in workshops, presentations, social events, visit schools during field trips to Chicago, volunteer at local schools, and participate in child-oriented service projects.

Education students have two opportunities to take their learning off-campus. Over winter break, they may travel Jamaica to and serve as teachers in one of three Kingston schools. In May,  students may travel to St. Augustine, Fla., for placement in a classroom at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.

What the students say

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."

Polyak '99 loves his job as superintendent

Dr. Nick Polyak '99 is a Chicago area school superintendent. In an interview, he explains why he thought his ultimate goal was becoming a math teacher and coach. But a mentor convinced him otherwise.

Dr. Michael Scarlett

Communicating through soccer and Minecraft

Augustana's Dr. Michael Scarlett has combined his passion for soccer, education and research into a collaborative project based on the popular video game Minecraft.

Augie Minute with Chuck Hyser

Professor of education Chuck Hyser discusses Augustana's partnership with Rock Island's Longfellow Elementary School. Augustana education students have helped design parts of the Longfellow curriculum, but the college's partnership extends beyond the education department.