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.
Here's a sampling of what education graduates have done:
Shelby Grandt '18 is a first grade teacher at Woodglen Elementary School in Denver, Colo.
Marjie Gerke '17 is an 11th grade English teacher at EPIC Academy in Chicago.
Janna Jensen '16 is a high school algebra teacher in Somonauk, Ill.
Keith Sands '16 is teaching math in Tanzania through a Peace Corps program.
Kyle Cluver '16 is a math teacher at Carmel High School in Indiana.
Rebecca Potenberg '15 is a high school science teacher at Geneseo High School in Geneseo, Ill.
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.