We believe graduates of Grinnell College should understand the complex challenges faced by public schools so they can act to promote ethical and feasible approaches to schooling. Some of our graduates will leave Grinnell and teach; but all graduates are stakeholders in an educational system and have a responsibility to act in support of equitable and high quality schooling. In our courses we aim to prepare graduates who use the knowledge and experiences they gain to make ethical decisions as concerned citizens, parents, and/or school leaders.
Our faculty are guided by the belief that public schools must be equipped to provide all students, particularly those whose knowledge and experiences have been denigrated and marginalized, with intellectual challenges that enable them to participate as critical and productive citizens.
In our program, we carefully guide future teachers through a program of increasingly demanding research and teaching experiences; thus the teachers we license are prepared to make informed choices that make schooling equitable, engaging, and accessible to all students.
Teaching Licensure Program Goals
The Department of Education believes that an effective Teaching Licensure Program should engage students in a critical consideration of educational theory, history, research and practice. Students' experience should be grounded in an investigation of the interdependence of education and society and the importance of individual identity in teaching and learning. Students in our Practitioner Preparation Program are expected to construct their pedagogy from a broad understanding of the liberal arts and sciences as well as a thorough knowledge of their chosen disciplines.
Our intent is to prepare teachers who have a firm grounding in educational research and theory and who use that knowledge to inform their practice. Students are guided in and held accountable for demonstrating the ways in which research and theory can inform practice, the ways in which those sources are limited as guides to practice, and the ways in which practice can, in turn, inform research and theory.
EDU Event Calendar
Deadlines to Remember
Applying to the Education Program
Applying to the Student Teacher Program
both - due on or before the third Friday in February
- - CBASE Testing - -
Administered by the Education Department. Generally given the first week after winter break (in January of the second semester)
Ninth Semester Education Students Fall 2012
- Harley Chang, his cooperating teachers are Erika Wieh, Na Pan and Brandon Jensen, Valley West High School, Des Moines
- Rachael Pederson, her cooperating teacher is Leah Slick-Driscoll, Meskwaki Settlement High School, Tama
- Wes Phipps, his cooperating teachers are Liz Hansen and Todd Crites, Grinnell-Newburg High School, Grinnell
- Anne Ross, her cooperating teacher is Kent Kastendick, Grinnell-Newburg High School, Grinnell
- Lorejune Fernandez, her cooperating teacher is Julie Young, Grinnell-Newburg Middle School, Grinnell
- Eric Ragan, his cooperating teachers are Bridget Brandt and Tom Dayton, Grinnell-Newburg Middle School, Grinnell