Student teaching placements options include rural, urban, suburban, public and parochial institutions. All student teaching placements take place in the Quad-Cities area and are closely supervised by faculty members.
Faculty members share a wide range of professional experiences with students: teaching in public and private schools in- and out-of-state, teaching abroad, moving from teaching to administration, field experience and advanced study.
More than 90 percent of Augustana students enrolled in education programs complete their degree in four years, often including a term abroad.
Club Ed members take part in workshops, presentations, social events, visit schools during field trips to Chicago, volunteer at local schools, and participate in child-oriented service projects.
Education students have two opportunities to take their learning off-campus. Over winter break, they may travel Jamaica to and serve as teachers in one of three Kingston schools. In May, students may travel to St. Augustine, Fla., for placement in a classroom at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.
IN 2020, Augustana College received a $1.1 million grant to enhance the learning experience for future STEM teachers in high-need districts.
The grant is from the National Science Foundation through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. The grant funds scholarships, training and mentoring support for Augustana students with plans to teach STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in high-need school districts in the Quad Cities.
Augustana education majors may apply for Promoting Opportunities in STEM Teaching (POST) scholarships, which range from $10,000 to $30,000 per year. Applications are due on April 1 preceding the applicant's junior year.