Grinnell College has a state-approved Practitioner Preparation Education Program. Through this program, students may be licensed (this is the official word Iowa uses instead of certified) to teach in Iowa, as secondary (5-12) teachers.
Students seeking licensure should consult members of the department about these requirements as early as possible. Requirements for each license are listed under endorsements.
Students seeking licensure must have taken a course in mathematics, in humanities, in American history or government, and coursework in both a biological and physical science.
For all areas of licensure, the Professional Education Core courses are EDU 101, EDU 221, EDU 250, and EDU 34X. Most require observation or research in public schools, an experience that aims to integrate theory and practice. In the upper-level courses, students apply theory and methods of instruction to specific disciplines. Each licensure sequence includes EDU 469 - Student Teaching Internship, a 14-week experience in student teaching, which may be done in nearby public schools, or through a program that provides locations throughout the US and in many non-US locations, and EDU 460 Seminar in Teaching the Young Adult.
For students planning to teach in some state other than Iowa, most states will grant at least a temporary license on the strength of the Iowa license.