EDUCATION

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

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.

Endorsements

English as a Second Language

Early Childhood

Reading

Elementary

Middle School

Science

Secondary Education

Special Education

Math

Major Resources & Activities

Core Course Checklists
Use the following resources to keep record of course requirements while moving toward program completion.

Teacher Education Program (TEP)
Students must submit the Application to the Teacher Education Program required form to gain entrance into the program. The form is usually filled out in Foundations of American Education. ED100/181.

TEP Timeline
Students can stay current on program requirements and plan for their future semesters using the teacher education program timeline. Admittance into the TEP used to require the Core Praxis tests, but as of Summer 2020, the state no longer required these tests to be admitted.  Wartburg is piloting an interview process to take the place of the Praxis Core tests.

TEP Admittance Interview
Admittance into the Teacher Education Program (TEP) used to require taking the Core Praxis Tests, but as of summer 2020, the state eliminated this requirement. Wartburg College is working on an interview process to take the place of the Praxis Core tests.  Pilot interviews will take place Winter and Summer 2021 with full implementation of these interviews for the applying class of Fall 2021.

Testing Services
The Academic Resource Center provides resources to help you successfully prepare for the Praxis core and Praxis II exams.

Academic Resources

The Education Program Handbook serves as a guide for education students as they proceed through the Teacher Education Program at Wartburg College. The manual outlines the goals, requirements, and responsibilities of the education student as they move toward program completion and ultimately their initial teaching license. 

The purpose of this Assessment Handbook is to describe the Education unit’s assessment system so all Education faculty members in the unit are aware of the various components and processes of assessing student learning outcomes.

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

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 wase@wartburg.edu.

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 mec@wartburg.edu.

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.

Student Teaching & Field Experiences

Student Teaching Handbook (PDF)
Provides information for the Wartburg student teacher and their cooperating teacher throughout their placement in an area school. This manual outlines the requirements, responsibilities, and procedures for the student teacher and cooperating teacher, and the role of supervising faculty and other education personnel involved in the student teaching experience.

Specialized Professional Associations Progress Report (SPAs)
At the end of your student teacher’s placement, please complete ONE form for the appropriate discipline from the following list:

COURSE
LOGS
EVALS
ED 173 Methods of Pedagogy FE Logs Eval
ED 181 Foundations – Data Sheet | Confidentiality Statement Logs
ED 215 Psychology of the Exceptional Child Logs Eval
ED 282 Teaching in the Secondary School
Logs
ED 284/214 Intro to Mild and Moderate
ED 382 Remedial Reading
ED 383 Educational Psychology
Logs
ED 384 Middle School Curriculum
Logs
ED 385 Reading in the Elementary School
Logs
ED 481 Early Childhood: Family & Community Relations
MA 312 Teaching Elementary School Math
Logs
MA 470 Teaching Secondary School Math
MU 181 General Music Methods Logs Eval
MU 281 Choral and Instrumental Methods Logs Eval
BI/CH/PHY 470 Secondary Science Methods Logs Eval
SCI 385 Elementary Science Methods Logs  

Introduction to Field Placements: Field experiences are placements in educational settings such as schools, public libraries, and registered day care centers, which allow education students to directly observe and participate in the setting. Wartburg students participate in field experiences by either taking specific field experience courses or by taking education classes having field experiences embedded within them. There are two types of field placements: field experiences and student teaching.Field experiences provide short-term placements (3 hours up to 100 hours) in which education students observe teaching and learning in educational settings, and/or provide teaching under the direct supervision of a licensed teacher. Student teaching courses are long term experiences (14 weeks total and often divided into two 7 week experiences) in which students teach full time under the supervision of an experienced teacher and are expected to become increasingly independent in their curriculum development, lesson planning, classroom management, and teaching.

Arrangements with field experience teacher must be made by Oct. 15. Final evaluations and logs are due Dec. 6.
Faculty Contacts: Dr. Kelly Faga, Assistant Professor of Education, and Dr. Stephanie TeKippe, Assistant Professor of Education

General Information

Student Information

Teacher Information

Mission Statement: Provide opportunities for students to develop the talents and abilities necessary to become effective and reflective teachers in lives of professional service and leadership as a spirited expression of their faith and learning. A primary purpose of teaching is to be of service to the students and families in the schools and community.

Functions of the Office of Student Field Experiences (OSFE): The OSFE serves all of the teacher education programs within the teacher education program. This office works within the Education Department and with students in the early childhood, elementary, and secondary programs to arrange placements in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade settings. The office serves the following functions: 

  • Fosters and maintains effective partnerships with schools, day care centers, and libraries 
  • Coordinates and facilitates necessary contracts between K-12 schools and Wartburg College to permit students to have field placements
  • Develops programs and organizes assistance for the educational partner settings

Objectives of Field Experiences: There are four key objectives that have been identified to serve as guidance in helping students become effective and reflective teachers. They are: 

  • Gain greater insight into the professional responsibilities of a classroom teacher (instructional strategies, classroom management, documentation, assessment/evaluation)
  • Gain professional understanding and practical teaching experience through observation, planning and practice under the guidance of an experienced teacher 
  • Provide opportunities to integrate classroom concepts and pedagogy into practice in an engaging and active way, which is differentiated to meet the individual needs of children
  • Gain experience working with colleagues in the school setting and develop deeper insight into the climate and culture of schools

Field Experience Background Checks
All education students must complete the Single Contact Repository (SING) background check before participating in any field experience or student teaching.

Preservice Substitute License Procedure

  1. Complete the Wartburg Application and send to Education Office Coordinator.
  2. Begin the BOEE Application Process at www.boee.iowa.gov (Licensure Types and Applications-Preservice Substitute License-Apply for/Renew my License)
  3. Print the BOEE Application. Fill out top portion, turn into Education Department.
  4. Confirm that you have completed the Wartburg Preservice Substitute video. (Link and Passcode below)

Wartburg Preservice Substitute Video 2020
Passcode:  p=!T2yA5

Once all paperwork is completed and turned into the Education Department at Wartburg, the faculty in the Education Department will meet to discuss approval. The Office Coordinator will communicate Department decisions to you, and you will receive a signed document from the Education Department required to complete your application with the State.

While waiting for Department approval, you may wish to complete the two Mandatory Reporter Sessions through the AEA and initiate your fingerprinted background check.

Student Teaching Handbook
Provides information for the Wartburg student teacher and their cooperating teacher throughout their placement in an area school. This manual outlines the requirements, responsibilities, and procedures for the student teacher and cooperating teacher, and the role of supervising faculty and other education personnel involved in the student teaching experience.

Student Teaching Application

School Listings
This link provides all student teachers with information about each school district in the area.

Praxis II Exam
Wartburg student teachers will be required to pass the appropriate Praxis II exams prior to student teaching.  The State of Iowa requires qualifying scores in both a test of pedagogy and a test of content.

Licensure Procedures
Every Iowa teacher must be licensed to teach. The license requirements are set by a Board of Educational Examiners whose members are appointed by the Governor of the State of Iowa.

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

FACILITIES

Education facilities allow for collaboration and close interaction with faculty.

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FACULTY+STAFF

Michael Bechtel

Associate Professor of Science Education

Kelly Faga

Associate Professor of Education

Leana Place

Office Coordinator, Education/Social Work

Richard Snyder

Associate Professor of Education

Stephanie TeKippe

Associate Professor of Education

Sarah Waldorf

Assistant Professor of Education