Simpson College nurtures and prepares highly effective teachers who are competent, caring, and reflective.
A Simpson College degree in education matters. School administrators know they can trust Simpson graduates because we have established a tradition of excellence for generations. What is it about the Simpson approach that makes our graduates stand out?
FACULTY SUPERVISED, INTEGRATED FIELD EXPERIENCES
Professional field experiences leading up to student teaching are not isolated add-ons, but are integrated into many courses throughout the teacher preparation program and are, therefore, most often supervised by full-time Simpson faculty rather than temporary adjuncts or graduate students. The faculty who are teaching your courses work with you as you transfer your knowledge to the actual classroom.
IDEAL LOCATION FOR FIELD PLACEMENTS
Because of its geographic location, Simpson can offer teacher candidates a wide variety of field experiences in classrooms in urban, suburban, and rural K-12 schools.
BEGIN THE MAJOR RIGHT AWAY
Simpson education students may take their first education class in the first semester of college.
OUTSTANDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Comment from area educator:
"At this point, I'll only take Simpson students - others are not as prepared and not as well supervised. When I get a Simpson student, I know they have content knowledge, pedagogy, and a college faculty offering support. I'm exclusive to Simpson now..."
PRAISE FROM STATE ACCREDITATION TEAM
After an extensive evaluation of the Simpson College teacher program, the assessment team for the Iowa State Department of Education noted in its last evaluation report:
"The Simpson Teacher Education Program is one of the largest departments on campus, has an excellent reputation, and is well known for creating excellent teachers. Simpson has an exemplary program."
SMALL CLASSES WITH EXPERIENCED FACULTY
Relatively small class sizes insure solid relationships with education faculty who collectively represents a diverse range of experience, with professional preparation and teaching experience throughout the K-12 range in many states.
FOUR YEAR PROGRAM
Earn a bachelor's degree and a teaching license in four years.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT TEACHING
Qualified students may complete part of their student teaching in one of eighteen countries.