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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experiences supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

Education

Bachelor of Arts

Earning an education degree from Clarke University empowers you to make a difference in the lives of students, families and communities. The Bachelor of Education program guides you in exploring how people learn and how best to teach them. Our dedicated faculty 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.

Clarke University offers an experience that is truly unique through opportunities like the Professional Development School (PDS). Through this program, you’ll gain professional experience with students in their actual elementary, middle, or high school classrooms under the guidance of two Clarke professors who are also licensed teachers. Clarke students complete 300-500 hours of instruction and student teaching, far surpassing the state requirement of 80 hours. These rich experiences empower Clarke education majors to seamlessly connect the theory of teaching with the actual practice of teaching, making them strong candidates for the position of their choice after graduation.

Earning an education degree at Clarke presents a wide variety of scholarship opportunities, and 100% of Clarke students receive financial aid. Some of the many different aid opportunities available to education majors include merit scholarships, athletic talent, and fine arts awards, federal and state aid, undergraduate student loans, and federal work-study or campus employment.

After graduating with your Bachelor of Education, you will possess real-world experiences and be well prepared to work as a licensed, professional educator in Iowa and other states that have reciprocity agreements with Iowa.

Clarke University Education degree student working in classroom

Learning in Action

Below is a small sampling of the types of classes you may take as a Clarke Education major:

FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION — Gain your first professional experiences through observation, supervision, and supporting students in their classroom activities.

MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION — Volunteer with local organizations that serve diverse populations.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM —Craft and teach your own summer reading program, including the décor and design of your room.

Education Degree Endorsements

Clarke University’s undergraduate degree programs lead you to a bachelor’s degree and licensure in elementary education or secondary education. You may also choose from over 40 endorsement areas in nearly every subject area, including:

  • Art – Explore studio courses in drawing, painting, digital imaging, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and photography. While most graduates work in traditional classroom room settings, you may also find opportunities in museums, community art centers, maker spaces, and senior care centers.
  • Reading – Work with students on the fundamentals of reading instruction and inspire a passion of reading in students. Reading specialists are in high demand in communities large and small.
  • Special Education – Gain the foundational knowledge needed to identify the individual needs of students and support their growth. In the past ten years, every Clarke graduate with a special education degree endorsement has been hired or accepted to graduate school.

Want to learn more about a specific endorsement area? Contact us at admissions@clarke.edu and we’ll connect you with education faculty and admissions representatives who can answer any questions you may have.

Clarke University major students walking on campus.

Program Details

Clarke University Education Outcomes

The outcomes for Clarke’s teaching degree candidates are described in the 10 Interstate New Teacher Assessment & Support Consortium (INTASC) Standards. Demonstration of INTASC Standards must be met for licensure in the State of Iowa.

  • Standard #1: Learner Development – The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  • Standard #2: Learning Differences – The teacher uses an understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  • Standard #3: Learning Environments – The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • Standard #4: Content Knowledge – The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  • Standard #5: Application of Content – The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  • Standard #6: Assessment – The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  • Standard #7: Planning for Instruction – The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
  • Standard #8: Instructional Strategies – The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop a deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  • Standard #9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice – The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  • Standard #10: Leadership and Collaboration – The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth and to advance the profession.
Classes You’ll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Early Access Master of Arts in Education
Get on the fast track to your master’s degree with our Early-Access Master of Arts in Education program! Eligible undergraduate education can earn up to 15 graduate credits of our 36-credit master’s program while completing their bachelor’s degree at Clarke. Thanks to the flexibility of online classes, you can earn your master’s degree in as little as 14 months after completing your undergraduate work.

A Masters Degree in One Year
As an education major, you are also eligible to participate in our 4+1 Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program. The 36-credit program is divided between 18 credits of online coursework and 18 credits earned by working alongside a master teacher in a Dubuque area classroom. This allows you to gain professional experience while benefitting from the experience and guidance of a veteran teacher.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey. 

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Meet Our Faculty

When our education degree graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Ellen Spencer, Ed.D.

Ellen Spencer, Ed.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Education

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite imagination, and instill a love of learning.

Elizabeth Jekanowski, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Jekanowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Education Graduate Studies

Our education students at Clarke are amazing, inspiring future world changers! Through innovative, flexible and affordable Master of Arts in Education graduate programs, our caring faculty develop tomorrow’s instructional leaders today!

Cathy Stierman, Ed.D. (abd)

Cathy Stierman, Ed.D. (abd)

Assistant Professor of Education

Clarke students delight my heart, soul, and mind! I hope to empower students to expand and build new knowledge.

Beth Putnam, MA

Beth Putnam, MA

Assistant Professor of Education

My expectation is to teach with an open heart, an open mind, and a smile every day. My mission is to maintain a humble and reflective disposition as well as applied flexibility enabling me to remain responsive to the needs of my students, teaching partners, and Clarke University.

Krystal Kooiker

Krystal Kooiker

Assistant Professor of Education

My goal for future educators at Clarke University is the experience of a warm and supportive environment, a growing love of learning, opportunities for success, and the empowerment of individuality both in the academic environment and in daily life with the hope that they will soon be able to share these gifts with their own students.

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There’s more to college than going to class.

The Classroom and Beyond


But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Kelly Eigenberger

Kelly Eigenberger

Education '06

My Clarke instructors taught me about life-long learning, providing service to the community, and building relationships with others.

Matt DePauw

Matt DePauw

Education ‘17

I like being a big fish in a little pond. Clarke has really provided me with an atmosphere to bask in that.

Louis Deeny

Louis Deeny

Elementary Education with Endorsements in Coaching and Special Education '19

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.


$60,660

The median annual wage for elementary teachers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

1:1

One-on-one instruction from Ph.D.-level faculty.

100%
job placement

The high placement rate of Clarke graduates attests to the quality of preparation through PDS experiences.

Accreditation

Support and Licensure

Clarke is very aware of the changes in each state of teaching licensure requirements. Classes have been aligned and created to make sure that all requirements are met. Time and energy have been spent to make sure the transition from Iowa licensure is as smooth as possible.

Clarke University Education Department is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education and holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and the Iowa Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Faculty members hold current teaching licenses and actively participate in the community by serving on advisory councils and providing resources to area schools.

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