Grinnell College has a state-approved Teacher 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 take a course in each of the following areas as part of a general education requirement: mathematics, humanities, American history or government, and the natural sciences.
For all areas of licensure, the Professional Education Core courses are EDU 101, one 200-level EDU elective, 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 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 U.S. and in many non-U.S. 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.