The Teacher Education Programs of Graceland University have been approved by the Iowa Department of Education and are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The Teacher Education Programs of Graceland University have been approved by the Iowa Department of Education and are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Information about the Graceland Teacher Education Program Title II Report is on the internet at www.graceland.edu. When planning to teach in a state other than Iowa, students will plan their programs in accordance with the requirements of the other state. The following endorsements are available:
Specific requirements for these programs can be found in the education section of the catalog and in the appropriate departmental sections for major and second teaching area requirements at the secondary level. Students enrolling at Graceland University to complete requirements for teacher licensure in Iowa or to add an additional endorsement(s) to a current Iowa teaching license will receive an official transfer credit evaluation and program of study from the Registrar. Students, who do not plan to complete education courses leading to licensure or an approved teaching endorsement, will be considered as being enrolled for personal enrichment and will not be eligible for an institutional recommendation from Graceland.
The student teaching field experience required for individuals who already have teacher licensure and are adding a mild/moderate special education endorsement is fullfilled with EDUC3450 or EDUC3550.
Students in Elementary, Secondary, or Combination Programs (see above) may seek a coaching endorsement. Requirements are listed in the Physical Education section of the catalog.
Students should apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program after successfully completing EDUC2420 Entry Workshop. Application for admission is made through the Director of Teacher Education. Final approval is given by the Teacher Education Committee. Applicants must have: (1) a minimum grade point average of 2.75 for all work attempted, (2) a grade of “C” or higher in all education courses and a successful field work evaluation in EDUC1410 Clinical Experience Lab (3) verification of completion of the English and Mathematics sections of the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (C-BASE) with scores of 235 or higher, (4) completed a technology survey and a diversity survey, (5) a current graduation plan signed by their advisor, (6) submit application and disclose revoked or suspended education related license or criminal convictions, and (7) submitted three or more professional references (two of which must come from the GSOE), in which applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: caring attitude, collaboration, reflection, leadership, academic success, communication skills, organization, dependability, and integrity.
Admission to the Teacher Education Program and admission to Student Teaching are required to enroll in course work and student teaching during the student teaching semester. Candidates must apply for admission by March 1 of the year prior to student teaching. Applicants must have (1) been admitted to the Teacher Education Program, (2) completed required education courses with e-portfolio assessed, (3) maintained a 2.50 cumulative GPA, (4) earned a "C" or higher grade in all required education classes, (5) completed a successful practicum or internship, (6) removed incomplete grades in required education courses or other courses. If completion of an incomplete grade is pending, submit a plan for completion before participation in student teaching.
At the close of their final semester, students normally apply to the state for licensure. Teaching certificates are then issued by Iowa to applicants who meet these requirements: (1) a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher and "C" or higher grades in all education courses, (2) specific program completion with a "Pass" grade for student teaching, (3) completion of program surveys and assessments, (4) HLTH1100 or HLTH1110 (ARC, AHA or equivalent First Aid and CPR cards, will substitute for this requirement providing it is approved by the Health and Movement Science Division through a petition), (5) successful completion of e-portfolio, (6) Elementary Education Majors also must pass the PRAXIS II Test 0014 Elementary Education: Content Knowledge with a minimum score of 142 OR PRAXIS II Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment test with a minimum score of 151, and (7) university recommendation. When planning to teach in a state other than Iowa, students will plan their programs in accordance with the requirements of the other state. They will in turn be recommended by the university for those certificates for which they qualify.
In addition to the general education requirements, majors in Elementary Education must complete the Education requirements and one approved concentration:
*A Computer Science course will not meet the mathematics elective.
**Students with majors in Elementary Education and another teaching discipline who are seeking endorsements at both the elementary and secondary levels should substitute EDUC4450 Combination Student Teaching. Students with a concentration in K-8 Mild/Moderate Special Education should substitute EDUC4460 Elementary and Mild/Moderate Student Teaching.
A secondary education student majoring in Art, Music, or Physical Education may also complete a modified Teacher Education program adding an elementary level endorsement in the same field (e.g., secondary and elementary music).