Our programs are committed to developing teachers who advocate for and demonstrate best educational practice, innovate through their use of technology to support student learning, and who seek out experiences that deepen and broaden their knowledge of students’ needs in the 21st century classroom.
Education students begin their educational coursework as soon as their second semester at the College and gain experience in classrooms from this point forward in the program. Loras works with two local sites as Professional Development Schools where students complete their intermediate clinical work prior to student teaching. Students work in a diversity of classrooms and schools and gain experience working with students from different cultures, religions, socio-economic backgrounds, and family structures.
Elementary Education PK-6
The Elementary Education program prepares students to work in the general education classroom, kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition to their major coursework, candidates are required to have one of the following endorsement areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Reading, Social Studies, Spanish, Instructional Strategist I (Special Education), Early Childhood (Birth through Grade 3), or Early Childhood with Special Education (Birth-8).
Loras College students who major in Elementary Education are uniquely prepared to meet the needs of the diverse population of students in their future classrooms. Many programs require those seeking endorsements other than Instructional Strategist I to complete only one 3-credit course in the area of special education. In the Loras program, students complete four courses for a total of 9 credits as they prepare to teach those who learn differently.
As a liberal arts college, informed by the intellectual and social traditions of the Catholic Church, our students come to understand the larger role that education plays in society and the tremendous responsibility that educators possess. Our graduates understand these larger responsibilities and commit to being advocates for and models of best educational practice.
LORAS FOR LITERACY
Education students are very involved in Loras for Literacy. This program offers two after school reading clinics for children who are at-risk for reading difficulties. Loras Education faculty and teacher-partners provide mentoring and training for students who serve as reading tutors in these clinics.
Loras College Education Program is accredited by the State of Iowa and holds memberships in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, and the Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Loras College Education faculty are doctorally prepared, licensed professionals in music education, elementary education, special education, school administration, science education and secondary education. They stay involved in PK-12 learning environments in order to stretch and deepen their fluency with the contemporary circumstances that PK-12 students, teachers, schools and districts encounter and are active in their professional associations, dedicated to on-going scholarship and committed to staying current with, if not one step ahead of instructional technology.