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Academic Requirements

To be recommended for certification, a student must have a baccalaureate degree, a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or above, and a grade point average of 2.7 or above in each teaching field.

The requirements for elementary certification are:

  • A grade point average of 2.7 in the professional education core
  • Field experience prior to student teaching
  • A concentration in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies. Required course work includes humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences and a minor or equivalent in a liberal arts discipline
  • Teaching methods courses in elementary school subjects
  • A full term of student teaching.

The requirements for secondary certification are:

  • A recommendation by each department in which a teaching certificate is sought (Teaching field(s) must be subjects which are ordinarily taught in secondary schools and for which Coe has approval by the Iowa Department of Instruction.)
  • Field experience prior to student teaching
  • A grade point average of 2.7 or better must be achieved in the professional education core and one of the special methods courses offered
  • A full term of student teaching

The professional education core includes the following five courses:

  • EDU 205 Educational Foundations
  • EDU 215 Practicum in Education
  • EDU 255 Exceptional Learners
  • EDU 385 Human Relations in the Classroom
  • EDU 435 Educational Psychology