"Creativity is one of the things we really want. We encourage students to be insightful and thoughtful and to make learning exciting."

-- Professor Gayle Luck 


We offer a major in elementary education and coursework leading to  secondary certification through our Teacher Education Program. Our program is designed to meet the teacher certification requirements for the State of Iowa in 39 endorsement areas. In addition, our faculty, coursework, and Education Office also assist students in meeting the requirements of other states. 

Students may earn a B.A., Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) or Bachelor of Special Studies (B.S.S.) degree in our program.  See the course catalogue for details.

Department Mission

The Cornell Teacher Education Program is solidly grounded in the liberal arts.  Our conceptual framework articulates our educational philosophy and goals, emphasizing communication, critical thinking, life-long learning, respect, and humanistic dispositions.

Course Information

The goal of the Education Department is to assist students as they move through stages that we believe are developmentally appropriate in the process of becoming effective teachers. There are four distinct stages of our program that correlate to specific courses:

  1. Critical Observation
  2.  Practical Application 
  3. Full-time Student Teaching 
  4. Reflection and Professional Development Planning


Read more about the learning objectives of each stage, as well as specific information and syllabus examples for courses that apply to each stage.

Courses for Non-majors

The department does not offer a minor, but our 200-level courses are open to all students and offer excellent opportunities for critical thinking and inquiry into learning and teaching.  These courses include Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, Exceptional Learner, and Human Relations.


Curriculum Details