Loras College offers Teacher Education programs leading to licensure in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education and instructional strategist (special education). In these programs, students work with full-time professors and outstanding practitioners from area schools and agencies.
Professional Development Schools (PDS) and other school-based partnerships are used to induct Loras students into the teaching profession prior to student teaching. These experiences offer students opportunities to work directly with partner educators in their classrooms to develop the skills and best practices that today’s teachers need. These classrooms also provide our students with experiences working with children who have diverse cultural, linguistic, socioeconomic and family backgrounds.
The Elementary Education Program prepares students to work in inclusive classrooms, kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition to their major coursework, teacher candidates will complete coursework in one of the following endorsement areas: mathematics, reading, Spanish, instructional strategist, early childhood, or early childhood special education.
Loras College students who seek licensure in Secondary Education are also prepared to teach a diverse population of students. Teacher candidates complete coursework for the Secondary Teaching endorsement and declare an academic major outside of education in one of the following approved teaching fields: biology, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, social studies and Spanish.
“My experience as a Loras College Education major has been incredible, from serving as the Education Club president to presenting at a national conference, to working hands-on with elementary students through my coursework. I know that I would have never experienced all that I have without the personal dedication from my professors.”
The Teacher Education Program at Loras College is committed to developing teachers who demonstrate and advocate for best educational practice, innovate through their use of technology to support student learning, and seek experiences that deepen and broaden their knowledge of students’ needs in the 21st century classroom. The Loras College Division of Education is accredited by the State of Iowa.
Faculty are involved in PK-12 learning environments and immerse themselves in the contemporary circumstances that PK-12 students, teachers, schools and districts encounter. They are active in professional associations, dedicated to ongoing scholarship and committed to the use of instructional technology. To learn more, schedule a campus visit or feel free to contact one of our faculty members directly.