A combination of factors position ISU School of Education as a leader in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education:
Strong higher education graduate program. Ranked 13th overall nationally and 9th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report.
Community college leadership. Two-thirds of the top-tier administrators in Iowa’s 15 community colleges have completed the ISU Community College Leadership Program or earned an Iowa State degree.
High teacher education standards. To graduate, ISU elementary education students exceed the number of semester hours of coursework required by the Iowa Department of Education for their area(s) of specialization (math, science, English, history, special education, etc.) Many take double the number of credits required by the state — a mark of strong preparation. Upon entry to the program for the 2010-11 year, the mean grade point average for teacher education students was 3.26.
Contributions to teaching excellence. Two of the five most recent Iowa Teachers of the Year are Iowa State University alumni Sarah Brown Wessling (2010) and Andy Mogle (2008). As National Teacher of the Year, Sarah Brown Wessling, credits Iowa State’s teacher education program for helping her embrace the potential of an ideal classroom and offering a guide for becoming the educator she is today.
Making a diffference in STEM learning. Brandon Schrauth, B.S. in elementary education (2001) and M.S. in science (2009), who teaches first graders at Beaver Creek Elementary School in Johnston, Iowa, received the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in May 2011. Catherine Lowe’s passion for science in her job as the Science Center of Iowa education coordinator led to this IPTV Connections to Science video.
Community and state influence. In the 2010-2011 school year, Iowa State alumni taught in 1,129 Iowa Schools - that’s 78.6% of all the state’s 1,436 public and nonpublic K-12 schools.
Centers, resources, and projects
Our expertise in STEM education impacts the teachers we train, their students, the community, and nation.
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