A degree in education offers exciting opportunities. A degree in education at Wartburg offers outstanding classroom experiences. 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.


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.

The Curriculum Library contains more than 6,000 textbooks, children’s books, and other resources, for education majors, housed in the Vogel Library.


English as a Second Language

Early Childhood



Middle School


Secondary Education

Special Education



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.

May Term in New York: Human Relations

During May Term there are many options for students to visit unique places. The Department of Education provides an urban immersion experience in several New York City schools. Students and faculty stay at the Seafarers and International House in downtown New York.

About the New York Schools

Central Park East School

Central Park East: New York
Emphasis: Fine Arts

Ethical Culture School

Ethical Culture: New York
Emphasis: Ethics and Urban Living

Grant Avenue School - New York

Grant Avenue: The Bronx
Emphasis: PK-5

Marta Valle School - New York

Marta Valle: New York
Emphasis: High school seniors teach/mentor 7th graders

PS 155 New York School

PS 155: East Harlem
Emphasis: General Academics

PS 163: East Harlem

PS 163: East Harlem
Emphasis: K-5 Program, Talented/Gifted Program, Bilingual Program

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.

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • Language Arts Teacher, Central City Community Schools, Central City
  • Teacher, Linn-Mar Community School District, Marion
  • Teacher, North Slope Borough School District, Barrow, Alaska
  • Teacher, Verrado Elementary School, Buckey, Ariz.
  • Special Education Teacher, Northfield Public Schools, Northfield, Minn.
  • Resource Teacher, Cedar Falls Community School District, Cedar Falls

Sample of Alumni Positions from the Past 15 Years:

  • Teacher, Logan Middle School, Waterloo
  • Social Worker, Early Intervention Services, Golden, Colo.
  • Special Education Coordinator, Edina High School, Edina, Minn.
  • Teacher, Fort Dodge Community School District, Fort Dodge
  • Principal, Maple River High School, Mapleton, Minn.
  • Senior Project Manager, GMAC Insurance, Waterloo
  • Mathematics Teacher, Glarion-Goldfield School District, Clarion


Education facilities allow for collaboration and close interaction with faculty.

Using the latest tools in education. WORTH IT.



Kelly Faga

Associate Professor of Education

Rita Jensen

Visiting Professor of Education

Leana Place

Office Coordinator, Education/Social Work

Richard Snyder

Assistant Professor of Education

Stephanie TeKippe

Assistant Professor of Education