Education Endorsements

Accredited by the Iowa State Department of 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

  • PK-K Early Childhood Education
  • K-8 Art
  • K-12 Athletic Coach
  • K-8 Reading
  • K-8 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate Special Education
  • K-8 Social Studies
  • K-8 English/Language Arts
  • K-8 Health
  • K-8 History
  • K-8 Mathematics
  • K-8 Music
  • K-8 Physical Education
  • K-8 Science (Basic)
  • K-8 Speech Communications

Secondary and K-12 education students major in other subject areas. Available areas of endorsement include

  • 5-12 American Government
  • 5-12 American History
  • 5-12 Art
  • K-12 Athletic Coach
  • 5-12 Biological Science
  • 5-12 Chemistry
  • 5-12 Economics
  • 5-12 English/Language Arts
  • 5-12 Health
  • 5-12 Instructional Strategist I: Mild/Moderate Special Education
  • 5-12 Mathematics
  • 5-12 Music
  • 5-12 Physical Education
  • 5-12 Science (Basic)
  • 5-12 Speech Communications

The elementary education program is offered on Graceland's Independence, Missouri, campus. Students wishing to enroll in this program should be making significant progress in completing an associate's degree from any community college. With the transfer of an associate's degree, the completion of the elementary education degree requires two years with a reading endorsement and two-and-a-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 State Department of Education.

After graduation, you may pursue additional endorsements with Graceland. If interested, contact the Field Office at