Debrah Fordice (acting department head)
Teacher Education ProgramsK6 Elementary, 512 Secondary, K12 Art, K12 Music, K12 Health and PE
For complete information regarding the education programs and licensure requirements at Luther, consult the education department website, luther.edu/education. Changes in state requirements appear periodically, so printed material may be out of date; the education department endeavors to keep the departmental website updated. You may also wish to consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook available at www.luther.edu/education/forms/TEPforms. All students pursuing licensure in education must be aware that their course selections will have an impact on the length of their programs and their certification. For this reason, it is important that these students maintain regular contact with their education advisors and with the education department staff. Secondary and K12 students with advisors in other departments should also seek regular consultation with the education department staff and faculty.
Important information for all students interested in the teacher education program:
To be licensed to teach, a student must successfully complete the education program at Luther College. There are three levels of approval within the Teacher Education Program: admission to teacher education, approval for the professional semester, and approval for licensure.
A. Admission to the Teacher Education Program (required before taking any courses at or above the 300-level)
B. Approval for the professional semester (student teaching)
All education majors and minors are required to have a practicum that includes students from diverse backgrounds. All K12 education minors are required to student teach both at the elementary and secondary grade levels. Elementary majors are required to student teach at the [K2] and  grade levels. All secondary minors are required to student teach at the  and  levels.
C. Approval for licensure after completion of the teacher education program, professional semester, and graduation from Luther College.
Luther College prepares students to be eligible for licensure in the state of Iowa. Luther students are also eligible to receive a preliminary license in most states. Each state regulates certification rules for teacher licensing. These rules change often; therefore, for licensure outside Iowa, the best source for information is the state department of education website for your preferred state. All students must complete the Luther College program and meet the Iowa requirements, irrespective of the state in which the student plans to eventually teach, in order to be approved for licensure. Check with the education department on your particular program. Requirements are:
Elementary Education (K6)
Required for a major: EDUC 185/215 (Clinical Experience I in the Schools), EDUC 220, 221, 222, 223, 320, 321, 322, 325, 326, 328, 329, 376, 486, 490 or 493, PAID 450 (Making Decisions for U.S. Schools); ART 228, MUS 227, PE 229; HIST 101 and 126; MATH 123; two lab science courses (one biological science and one physical science). Writing requirement completed with EDUC 326.
The elementary major requires an academic endorsement or a special endorsement. If more than one endorsement is selected, please speak with your advisor regarding the length of student teaching required. A ninth semester may be necessary for completion of the program.
At least 76 semester hours (19 course equivalents) must be completed outside of the education (EDUC) discipline.
Secondary Education Minor (in conjunction with an academic major, grades 512)
Requirements for certification in English, foreign language, health, mathematics, science, and social studies: EDUC 185/215 (Clinical Experience I in the Schools), EDUC 220, 221, 252, 352 or 353 (language majors only), 366, 367 (or EDUC 468 for certification in health), 278 (content only, no practicum unless certifying in WI), 486; PAID 450 (Making Decisions for U.S. Schools).
Second Teaching Area: In the state of Iowa, students majoring in one subject may take fewer semester hours in another subject and be granted an endorsement to teach that subject. This is not transferable to other states. It only applies to students wishing to teach in the state of Iowa. Please check the education department website for specific requirements for second teaching areas.
K12 Teaching Minors: Art, Physical Education, Health
Required for licensure (in addition to the major in art, physical education, or health): EDUC 185/215 (Clinical Experience I in the Schools), EDUC 220, 221, 378 (content only, no practicum unless certifying in MN or WI), professional semester (EDUC 486); PAID 111; PAID 450 (Making Decisions for U.S. Schools).
K12 Teaching Minor: Music
Required coursework: Completion of Luther College general requirements and the music major plus EDUC 217, 220, 221, 360, 361, 378 (content only, no practicum unless certifying in MN or WI), 462, and 486; MUS 351 or 353; PAID 450 (Making Decisions for U.S. Schools).
Students who wish to pursue vocal music education must additionally complete EDUC 460 and 466. Students who wish to pursue instrumental band education must also complete EDUC 255, 260, 265, 270, 275, and 464. Students who wish to pursue instrumental orchestra education must also complete EDUC 255, 260, 265, 270, 275, and 468.
Students who wish to pursue both vocal and instrumental (either band or orchestra) must complete EDUC 255, 260, 265, 270, 275, 460, 464 or 468, 466, and four semesters of lessons on their secondary instrument (either primary or secondary instrument must include voice). Students electing to complete both band and orchestra must complete both EDUC 464 and 468. Students electing to student teach in any two areas must student teach for 18 weeks.