My students bring an enthusiasm to the classroom that is irrepressible. It is with joy that I help my students prepare for a career in which they will make a difference in the lives of many children.
Nearly every person can name a teacher who influenced or encouraged them somewhere along the way. Think about that. Who was it for you? A kindergarten teacher who pulled you out of your shell? That high school English teacher who pushed you to earn a scholarship?
Does teaching children to find their individual paths and encouraging them to blossom sound like your dream job? You will creatively study how people learn and how best to teach them. We strive to educate and prepare teachers who will influence the cognitive, moral, and social development of children in kindergarten through high school in today’s multicultural world. Graduates of this department will possess real-world experience and demonstrate the programmatic outcomes as licensed, professional educators who become influential teachers throughout the nation and beyond.
Clarke education students go directly into classrooms with children and actually take the lead to teach, inspire, adventure, experiment and learn. This is the heart of our elementary and secondary education program — the Professional Development School (PDS). This is a unique, hand-on experience where you interact with children in their own classrooms with their tools.
The PDS allows you to spend much more time in school prior to student teaching (up to 600 hours – the state of Iowa only requires 80 hours). Each PDS is taught by two professors in residence who are with the students at all times. Education majors complete one to four PDS semesters, depending on endorsements. The PDS experience is truly an authentic way to prepare to be a teacher. Additionally, students who qualify are eligible to complete graduate credit while in their undergraduate degree program.
As a graduate of Clarke University’s Education program, you are eligible to participate in our 4+1 program. This pathway to a master’s degree provides graduates with an opportunity to proceed directly into a one-year, practicum-based master’s degree through Clarke.
The university partners with the Dubuque Community School District to secure a full-time, post-licensure practicum for an academic year in a classroom.
Admission to Clarke University
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.
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I teach students how to advocate for themselves and for their future students because opportunities are lost when we don’t have the courage to speak up.
I want to honor each student right where they are and help them move forward in their development as a person. One way I do this is through discovery. Learning through discovery is the essence of meaningful retention and understanding of any concept.
Clarke students delight my heart, soul, and mind! I hope to empower students to expand and build new knowledge.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
My Clarke instructors taught me about life-long learning, providing service to the community, and building relationships with others.
I like being a big fish in a little pond. Clarke has really provided me with an atmosphere to bask in that.
My favorite part of my major is being involved in elementary schools since my sophomore year. It provides me with a ‘leg up’ on understanding the dynamics of a school and what teaching strategies actually work with students.
The median annual wage for elementary teachers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
One-on-one instruction from Ph.D.-level faculty.
The high placement rate of Clarke graduates attests to the quality of preparation through PDS experiences.