Accredited by the Iowa Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, Graceland's teacher education has been cited for excellence in providing a technology emphasis, psychological and sociological foundations, and learning theory. Beginning in the sophomore year, coursework is balanced by extensive field experiences in both public and private schools.
Students majoring in elementary education receive a K-6 teacher elementary classroom endorsement. Students also receive additional licensure for their concentration area. Available areas of endorsement for elementary education students include:
Pre-K - 3 Early Childhood
K-12 Athletic Coach
K-8 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate Special Education
K-8 Social Studies
K-8 English/Language Arts
K-8 Physical Education
K-8 Science (Basic)
K-8 Speech Communications/Theatre
Secondary and K-12 education students major in other subject areas. Available areas of endorsement include:
5-12 American Government
5-12 American History
K-12 Athletic Coach
5-12 Biological Science
5-12 English/Language Arts
5-12 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate Special Education
5-12 Physical Education
5-12 Science (Basic)
5-12 Speech Communications/Theatre
If students earn an endorsement in one of the above designated teaching areas, a second endorsement may be for middle school including:
5-8 Middle School Language Arts
5-8 Middle School Mathematics
5-8 Middle School Science
5-8 Middle School Social Studies
In partnership with North Central Missouri College (Trenton, Missouri), Graceland University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. The elementary education program is also offered on Graceland's Independence, Missouri, campus. Students wishing to enroll in this program should be making significant progress in completing an associate degree from any community college. With the transfer of an associate degree, the completion of the elementary education degree requires two years with a reading endorsement and two and one-half to three years with a mild/moderate special education endorsement.
All students who successfully complete their elected program and pass the required licensing exams for the State of Iowa will be eligible for Iowa teacher licensure. Graceland's program and licensure requirements are accredited by the Iowa Department of Education and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
After graduation, you may pursue additional endorsements with Graceland. If interested, contact the Field Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-859-1215.