Secondary Education

The University of Dubuque Secondary Education major is designed to prepare qualified, caring, and effective teachers. Learning to teach effectively occurs within professional learning communities found in the classroom, school-based settings, and in student teaching.

What You Will Learn

  • Professional dispositions guided by the Iowa Code of Ethics.
  • Content knowledge - a thorough understanding of the content required to teach a lesson. The University of Dubuque liberal arts focus provides a solid foundation of core courses.
  • Pedagogical knowledge - includes the general principles of teaching and an understanding of instruction and classroom management.
  • Knowledge of learners - the practitioner candidate understands theories of development and how students learn.
  • UD’s practitioner candidates must demonstrate competency in the program goals, which are aligned with InTASC standards, the Iowa state core, and Iowa licensing standards.

Program of Study

University of Dubuque secondary education students earn a BS in their choice of elementary/reading education, secondary education (English, math, or science), physical or health education. Students may add additional endorsements as desired.


What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque Secondary Education Program is competency-based, allowing students the ability to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of diverse placements in local schools and through service learning experiences. 

Where Our Graduates Go

University of Dubuque secondary education graduates receive the necessary training and experience needed to qualify students to teach in public and private schools. Students become eligible for an Iowa teaching license, which can then be used to apply to any state of their choice. 

News from the Department

The Following are Standing Dates/Deadlines that you can count on every year:

December 1 and May 1: Application to Teacher Education Program; It is recommended that students complete the process for Admission to Teacher Education by the second term of their sophomore year.
March 1: Student Teacher Approval Form due for ALL Fall and Spring student teachers
April 1: Portfolios due for ALL Fall and Spring student teachers
May 15: Graduation application for all students wishing to graduate the following academic year

 

Secondary Education - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

* Differs with endorsement
** Courses with school based hours

Year One

Fall Semester
EDU 100: Introduction to Education (2) **
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)
UDMA 111/112: Collegiate Math (3)/Algebra (4)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)

J-Term
Required

Spring Semester
EDU 202: Introduction to Exceptional Children (3) **
Education Content Course *
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
CIS 101: Introduction to Computers (3)
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3)
Take the CAAP – (basic skills admission test)


Year Two

Fall Semester
EDU 200: Foundations of Education (3) **
Education Content Course *
RES 104: Research Writing (3)
UDHS 121: World Civilizations (3)
BIO 111: Biological Science and Lab (4) 
Apply for admission to the program

J-Term
EDU 119 :  Human Relation Skills for Teachers (3)**

Spring Semester
EDU 240: Learning and Teaching Processes (3)
Education Content Course * , **
Education Content Course * 
BIO 125: Population, Resources and Environment (3) or other Stewardship Course
ENG 112: Introduction to Literature (3)


Year Three

Fall Semester
EDU 303: Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
EDU 310: Assessment of Regular and Exceptional Learners (2)
Education Content Course *
Education Content Course *,**
UDHS 211: U.S. History to 1865 (3)
Portfolio Work

J-Term
EDU 318 – Literacy and Language Diversity (ESOL)

Spring Semester
EDU 352: Technology in Education (2)
Education Content Course * , **
Education Content Course * 
Education Content Course * 
Education Content Course * 
Portfolio Work – Apply to Student Teach


Year Four

Fall Semester
Education Content Course *, **
Education Content Course * 
Education Content Course * 
Education Content Course * 

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
Student Teaching (12)
EDU 495: Education Leadership Seminar (3)

 

Chad Biermeier (2018)

   

Chadwick Biermeier

Assistant Professor of Education
Department of Teacher Education Co-Head
Head of Clinical Experiences
EdD, Walden University
MSE, UW-Platteville
BS, UW-Platteville

Phone: 563.589.3590
E-mail: CBiermeier@dbq.edu
Office: 301 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410


Jeff Haverland (2018)

   

Jeffrey Haverland

Assistant Professor of Education
Department of Teacher Education Co-Head
Licensure Officer
EdD, Edgewood College
MAE, University of Northern Iowa
BS, Loras College

Phone: 563.589.3723
E-mail: JHaverland@dbq.edu
Office: 303 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410


Jennifer Benson (2018)

   

Jennifer Benson

Assistant Professor of Education
MAT, Webster University
BA, Maryville University

Phone: 563.589.3272
E-mail: JBenson@dbq.edu
Office: 300 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410


Katie Boyer (2018)

   

Katie Boyer

Assistant Professor of Education
MA, Loras College
BA, Loras College

Phone: 563.589.3853
E-mail: KBoyer@dbq.edu
Office: 306 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410


Angie Brandel (2018)

   

Angela Brandel

Associate Professor of Education
EdD, University of Wyoming
MA, Loras College
BS, Southwest Minnesota State University

Phone: 563.589.3238
E-mail: ABrandel@dbq.edu
Office: 310 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410


April Eimers (2018)

   

April Eimers

Administrative Assistant, Department of Education
BA, Buena Vista University

Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: AEimers@dbq.edu
Office: 307 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410


Kathleen Gansemer (Date Unknown)

   

Kathleen Gansemer

Assistant Professor of Education
EdD, University of Northern Iowa
MAE, Upper Iowa University
BS, Cleveland State University

Phone: 563.589.3589
E-mail: KGansemer@dbq.edu
Office: 309 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410


Julie Phillips (2018)

   

Julie Phillips

Assistant Professor of Education
EdD, Edgewood College
MBA, Nova University
MA, University of Iowa
BA, University of Northern Iowa

Phone: 563.589.3579
E-mail: JPhillips@dbq.edu
Office: 308 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410


Debra Stork - 2018

   

Debra Stork

Director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Professor of Education
PhD, University of Wyoming
MA, University of Northern Iowa
BA, University of Northern Iowa

Phone: 563.589.3453
E-mail: DStork@dbq.edu
Office: 305 Smith Hall / 215 Myers Library
Fax: 563.589.3410




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Jacquilyn Etienne

Adjunct Education Faculty
MEd, Clarke College
BS, Black Hills State University

Phone: 563.589.3232
Fax: 563.589.3410


Laurie Fallon (2016)

   

Laurie Fallon

Adjunct Education Faculty
MAE, University of Northern Iowa
BA, University of Northern Iowa

Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: LFallon@dbq.edu
Fax: 563.589.3410


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Julia Jorgenson

Adjunct Education Faculty
MAE, University of Northern Iowa
BS, University of Iowa

Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: JJorgenson@dbq.edu
Fax: 563.589.3410


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Nicole Kimm

Adjunct Education Faculty
MA, Morningside College
BS, University of Dubuque

Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: NKimm@dbq.edu
Fax: 563.589.3410


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Alice Lundh

Adjunct Education Faculty
MS, Western Illinois University
MS, UW-Platteville
BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign              

Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: ALundh@dbq.edu
Fax: 563.589.3410


Michelle Weber (2018)

   

Michelle Weber

Adjunct Education Faculty
MSSE, Montana State University
BA, Loras College

Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: MWeber@dbq.edu
Fax: 563.589.3410


Jon West (2018)

   

Jon West

Adjunct Education Faculty
MA, Loras College
BA, University of Dubuque

Phone: 563.589.3426
E-mail: JWest@dbq.edu
Office: 304 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410


Lisa Young (2018)

   

Lisa Young

Adjunct Education Faculty
MA, University of St. Mary
BA, University of Northern Iowa

Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: LYoung@dbq.edu
Fax: 563.589.3410


     

Careers in Secondary Education

Education is a very rewarding profession. Teachers feel called to teach for many reasons. It fulfills our need to serve children, it allows us the opportunity to build relationships within a community, and allows us to contribute to society in a meaningful way. A person must complete a bachelor’s degree, and be recommended for a teaching license to legally teach in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in the USA. University of Dubuque graduates will obtain jobs in Pre-K - 12 public and private schools. The field of education offers a supportive environment as new teachers grow into master teachers.

BS Opportunities

A graduate of the University of Dubuque Teacher Education Program is prepared to take control of their own classroom. Graduates will be recommended for licensure in their field of study, elementary education, secondary math, science, English education, or physical or health education K-12. Graduates are ready to develop curriculum, lead student centered classrooms, and become teacher-leaders in their school districts.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Graduates of the Teacher Education Program will be eligible to teach in a K-12 classroom in their licensed discipline. Their initial years will be ones of gathering experience and gaining the competencies which enable them to serve their colleagues as teacher-leaders. University of Dubuque graduates have learned the joy of life-long learning and often continue their formal education by obtaining a masters degree in education, counseling, or administration.

Successful Outcomes

Courtney Thompson BS, 2012 Secondary English Education

While attending the University of Dubuque, I majored in secondary education with my content focus in English.  The information I learned in the Education Department helped me to learn the fundamentals of teaching; however, it was the English portion of my degree which thoroughly prepared me to both understand the complexities of teaching English as well as the skills and knowledge base to teach at the high school level. The breadth of knowledge and experience of the English Department faculty truly prepares students for a wide variety of careers and opportunities.

Successful Outcomes

Jayme Culbertson BS, 2009 Secondary Education

After graduating with my elementary education degree with an endorsement in special education, I was offered a job as a behavior disorder teacher in June 2009. The University of Dubuque helped shape my pedagogy, knowledge, and leadership abilities which enabled me to obtain a job right after graduation. The University utilizes high standards, rigorous practicum courses, and knowledgeable staff to help build each student’s ability to be a leader within the high demands of education. I would not be where I am today without the support and tools that were given to me through the University of Dubuque.