Elementary Education

The University of Dubuque elementary 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 Elementary Education students earn a BS in their choice of elementary education with a K-8 reading endorsement, secondary education (English, Math, Biology, or Environmental Biology), Physical or Health Education (K-12). Students may add additional endorsements as desired.

What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque Elementary 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 elementary education graduates receive the necessary training and experience needed to qualify them 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; should be done 2 semesters prior to student teaching. You must be officially accepted into the Teacher Education Program before you take methods courses.
December 1: Graduation applications for May graduates (including those who are "walking")
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
Summer: Graduation application for December graduates

- See more at: http://www.dbq.edu/Academics/OfficeofAcademicAffairs/AcademicDepartments/Education/Events/#sthash.1rekeMgR.dpuf

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 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

Elementary 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

May term and Summer classes will also be offered.  
Additional endorsement work will be planned during initial advising appointments.  

Year One

Fall Semester
EDU 100: Introduction to Education (2) **
MATH 112: College Algebra (3)   
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric  (3)
ART/MUSC 111:  Art Appreciation or Music Appreciation (3) 
INTL 115: World Geography (3)
WVS 101: Worldview Seminar I (3)

Spring Semester
EDU 202: Introduction to Exceptional Children (3) **
EDU 249: General Math I for K-8 Elementary Education (3)
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
RES 104: Research Writing (3)   
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3)
EDU 352: Technology in Education (2)

Take the Praxis Core (Basic skills admission test to Teacher Education)

Year Two

Fall Semester
EDU 200: Foundations of Education (3) **
EDU 269: General Math II for K-8 Education (3)
EDU 244: Social Studies for K-8 Education (3) 
COM 101: Speech Communications (3) 
BIO 111: Biological Science and Lab (4) 
Apply for admission to the program

Spring Semester

EDU 240: Learning and Teaching Processes (3)
EDU 308:  Foundations in Reading and Literature (3) **
EDU 302: Curriculum and Instruction in Reading (3)  
EDU 246: General Science for K-8 Education (3)
HWS 248: Wellness and Health Lifestyles (2)
HWS 110: Physical Activity Course (1)
EDU 310:  Assessment of Regular and Exceptional Learners (2) 

Year Three

Fall Semester
EDU 307: Corrective and Remedial Reading (3)**
EDU 318: Literacy and Language Diversity (3)
EDU 343: Art/Music Curriculum for Elementary Teachers (2)
HIST 121/122: World Civ. 1 or World Civ. II (3)
PRF 200: Personal Empowerment (3) 
EDU 401: Portfolios
ENG 112/260: Intro. to Literature or Literature and Culture (3)

Spring Semester
EDU 311: Reading Assessment and Diagnotic (3)**
EDU 119: Human Relations (3)
EDU 331: Integrated LA/SS K-6 (6) **
EDU 306: Children's Literature (3)
EDU 401: Portfolios (apply to student teach) 

Year Four

Fall Semester
EDU 346: Integrated Math/Science K-6 (6)**
EDU 344: PE/Health Curriculum for Elementary Teachers (2) 
EDU 210: Journeys in Nature (3)  
EDU 303: Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3) 

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

Chad Biermeier (2018)


Chadwick Biermeier

Assistant Professor of Education
Teacher Education Department 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

Associate Professor of Education
Teacher Education Assistant Department Head: Assessment & Licensure
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

Katie Boyer (2018)


Katie Boyer

Assistant Professor of Education
EdD, National Louis University
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

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 (2019)


April Eimers

Administrative Assistant, Teacher Education
BA, Buena Vista University

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

Julie Phillips (2018)


Julie Phillips

Associate 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

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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 Elementary Education

Education is a very rewarding profession. Teachers feel called to teach for many reasons. It fulfills a need to serve children, provides opportunities to build relationships within a community, and allows meaningful contributions to society. Candidates for this career must complete a bachelor’s degree and be recommended for a teaching license to legally teach Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in the United States. University of Dubuque graduates obtain jobs in Pre-K - 12 public and private schools. The field of education is complex, yet incredibly rewarding. The teacher education program at the University of Dubuque provides a supportive environment as preservice teachers prepare to become professional educators who are prepared to take control of their own classroom. Graduates are ready to develop curriculum, lead student-centered classrooms, and become teacher-leaders.

BS Opportunities

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. 

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 (2-3) are meant for gathering experience and gaining the competencies which enable them to serve their colleagues as teacher-leaders. University of Dubuque graduates often continue their formal education by obtaining a masters degree in education, counseling, or administration.

Successful Outcomes

Jayme Culbertson BS, 2009 Elementary 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.

Successful Outcomes

Mandy Augustin BS, 2012 Elementary Education

The University of Dubuque Education Program provided an environment that fostered my growth as an educator, leader, and a person. The small class sizes provided a very personal experience. At the University of Dubuque, I was not just a number; I was a future professional with goals and ambitions, and I was always treated as such. As a student who had experience at a community college, online learning, and a state school, I am so thankful to have found my home at the University of Dubuque.