A degree in education at Wartburg offers outstanding classroom experiences and exciting opportunities. You can use your talents and abilities to become an effective and reflective teacher in a life of professional service and leadership. You will find job opportunities in education at any level, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. By majoring in education, you can work with children in diverse classroom settings, share your interest in a content area, and impact the future. You can explore children’s literature, literacy, reading, curriculum, educational psychology, early childhood education, human relations, multicultural studies, teaching strategies and methods, educational technology, field placements, and special education. If you are interested in secondary teaching certification or another emphasis, your primary faculty adviser will be from your major area. An education professor will serve as your secondary adviser.

Time in the Classroom
Wartburg education majors go into school classrooms during their first year, spending a minimum of 25 hours in teaching activities. Before graduation, you will be required to complete a 25-hour experience in a cultural setting significantly different from your own.

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Majors & Endorsements
Elementary education majors earn an elementary license with a K-8 endorsement in their selected area. Secondary education majors earn a 5-12 license in their teaching major and other selected endorsement areas. Iowa licensure leads to licensure or certification in other states.

Alumni Outcomes

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the Education Department have had in the past.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

  • Physical Education/Coach, Valley High School, California
  • Elementary Teacher, Gust Elementary, Colorado
  • Secondary Math Teacher, Dunstan Middle School, Colorado
  • Elementary Teacher, Kirksville Primary School, Missouri
  • Language Arts, Ree-Custer Middle School, Illinois
  • Vocal Music, Cambridge-Isanti Middle School, Minnesota
  • Elementary Music, Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska
  • Secondary Math, Gravelly Hill Middle School, North Carolina
  • Elementary Teacher, Montview Elementary, Colorado
  • Special Education, Sumner-Fredericksburg, Iowa
  • Elementary Teacher, Cleveland Elementary, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Elementary Teacher, Southeast Elementary, Waverly, Iowa
  • Special Education, Brody Middle School, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Physical Education Teacher, Radiant Elementary School, Waukee, Iowa

Wartburg education students are heavily involved in campus life. Below are a some of the organizations education majors tend to join.

Wartburg Association of Student Educators
A student-led educational organization dedicated to assisting all education majors by providing information, skills, and activities that promote professional development. Check us out on Facebook or contact us via e-mail at

Math Educators Club
A student-led organization focused on providing interactive games, helpful tips, jokes, and technological tools to enhance one’s mathematical knowledge for a future classroom. Send us an e-mail at

Other Organizations
Music therapy majors with a dual degree in music therapy and music education typically join the Wartburg Student Music Therapy Association. Science education majors enjoy being a part of the National Science Teachers Association.

Kappa Delta Pi 
Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, is dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. Membership into Kappa Iota requires the following: junior standing, a cumulative grade point average of 3.5, and acceptance into Wartburg’s Teacher Education Program.

MENC – Music Educators National Conference
MENC is a professional, nationally recognized organization that is available for all Music Education Majors. The goal of MENC is to advance music education by encouraging the study and making of music by all. Music allows us to celebrate and preserve our cultural heritages, and explore the realms of expression, imagination, and creation resulting in new knowledge. Therefore, every individual should be guaranteed the opportunity to learn music and to share in musical experiences.


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Michael Bechtel

Associate Professor of Science Education

Jennifer Dickey

Visiting Professor of Education

Amy Johnson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

Stephanie Moeller

School Partnerships Coordinator

Sarah Montgomery

Professor of Education

Leana Place

Office Coordinator, Education/Social Work

Brandy Smith

Assistant Professor of Education

Richard Snyder

Associate Professor of Education