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Course Requirements


Coe College believes that the most effective preparation for teaching is one that combines a liberal arts education with courses in the theory and practice of teaching. The Education Department has the responsibility for coordinating the efforts of the College to provide such a program.

Basic college requirements and those for a major area give students a well-rounded general education. Professional courses in education provide a foundation in principles and practices of teaching. Students gain practical experience in applying professional and general education through field experiences and, if pursuing licensure, through student teaching in area schools. 


The Requirements for Elementary Certification are:

  • A major in Elementary Education. 
  • A major in Education requires: a 2.7 or higher and a "C" or better in at least one course in each of the four fields of mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities; the professional education courses; and coursework applied toward at least one State-approved endorsement.
  • Field experience prior to student teaching.
  • A cumulative 2.7 GPA or higher and a 2.7 or higher EDU GPA.
  • Methods courses in elementary school subjects.
  • At least one K-8 endorsement offered by Coe and approved by the State.
  • Successful completion of a semester of student teaching.
  • Demonstrate content area knowledge and pedagogical knowledge by successfully passing State-required Praxis II exams.

Four-Year Plan - Elementary Education

The following represents one of many paths students can take to complete a major in Elementary Education. Since you pair your Elementary Education major with a K-8 endorsement and you have distribution requirements, it is critical to consult with your Education advisor for assistance in scheduling classes and determining your four-year plan. Note that students typically take four courses per semester for a total of eight each year. Check the Coe catalog to review all of your options.

First Year

  • EDU-105 Educational Foundations
  • EDU-117 Exceptional Learners
  • EDU-237 English Language Learners or EDU-270 Literature K-12

Second Year 

  • EDU-215 Practicum in Education 
  • EDU 219 Educational Technology Lab (0.0 cc) 
  • EDU-187 Human Relations
  • EDU-195 Educational Psychology and Development 
  • EDU-275 Mathematics Comprehension for Teaching
  • EDU-335 Methods of Elementary Mathematics 

Third Year

  • EDU-300 Expressive Methods (.5 cc)
  • KIN-112 Health Education for the Elementary Teacher (.5 cc) 
  • EDU-345 Methods of Elementary Language Arts
  • EDU-305 Methods of Elementary Science
  • EDU-355 Methods of Elementary Reading 
  • EDU-365 Methods of Elementary Social Studies

Fourth Year

  • Student Teaching (Fall or Spring term)

The Requirements for Secondary Certification are:

  • A major in a subject ordinarily taught in the secondary schools and for which Coe has approval by the Iowa Department of Education. Approved teaching fields include: American Government, American History, Art, Basic Science, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English/Language Art, French, Math, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Speech/Theater and World History.
  • A minor in Education requires: a 2.7 or higher and a "C" or better in at least one course in each of the four fields of mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities; the professional education courses; courses required for the major, EDU minor, and in coursework towards at least one approved 5-12 endorsement.
  • A cumulative 2.7 GPA or higher and a 2.7 or higher EDU GPA.
  • Field experience prior to student teaching.
  • Secondary methods course(s) in the selected endorsement area(s).  
  • Successful completion of a semester of student teaching.
  • Demonstrate content area knowledge and pedagogical knowledge by successfully passing State-required Praxis II exams.

Four-Year Plan - Secondary Education

The following represents one of many paths students can take to complete a minor in Secondary Education. Since you pair your Secondary Education studies with a major in another field, and you have endorsement requirements, it is critical to consult with your Education advisor for assistance in scheduling classes and determining your four-year plan. Note that students typically take four courses per semester for a total of eight each year. Check the Coe catalog to review all of your options.

First Year

  • EDU-105 Educational Foundations

Second Year 

  • EDU-117 Exceptional Learners
  • EDU-187 Human Relations

Third Year

  • EDU-195 Educational Psychology and Development
  • EDU-215 Practicum in Education 
  • EDU 219: Educational Technology Lab (0.0 cc)

Fourth Year

  • Methods course in your endorsement area 
  • Student Teaching