Program Overview

“Preparing Competent, Compassionate, and Inquisitive Teachers for Global Responsibility”

Based on the mission of Luther College where “serving with distinction for the common good” is central to what we are as an institution, the NCATE accredited elementary education major and secondary minor at Luther offer many options in preparation for the teaching profession. Combining thorough classroom instruction with multiple practicum placements, students leave Luther prepared for a career in K-12 public and private schools domestically and internationally.

The Luther Teacher Education Program begins in the student’s first year with a January term practicum experience in area schools. This practicum serves as an opportunity for students to discern their potential and interest in teaching as a career. All education majors and minors are required to have practicums in a variety of school communities; candidates are encouraged to complete their required second practicum experience, the 300-level methods practicum, in a diverse setting that allows them to experience teaching from another perspective.

The culminating experience of the Teacher Education Program is a full professional semester (minimum of 14 weeks; 8 week placements are possible if needed for your particular state) of student teaching. College professors, along with cooperating K-12 teachers, work with student teachers in a collaborative environment to enhance their professional development and to successfully complete a professional teaching portfolio.

Luther College teacher graduates are employed by schools throughout the Midwest, the U.S., and internationally. They enjoy a reputation of distinction for their commitment to teaching and learning, to the needs of individual students, and for being active members of their schools and communities.