Department Description


The mission of the Teacher Education Program at Emmaus Bible College is to produce reflective teachers with a Christian worldview, who glorify God and impact the world through their innovative yet sound and effective professional practice and lifestyle of exceptional service to others.


  • Learner Development — The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences
  • Learning Differences — The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  • Learning Environments— The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • Content Knowledge — The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  • Application of Content — The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  • Assessment — The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  • Planning for Instruction — The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
  • Instructional Strategies — The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  • Professional Learning and Ethical Practice — The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  • Leadership and Collaboration— The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

Department Motto

Growing innovative and professional educators who consistently serve others in their learning communities

Ministry Roles & Career Opportunities

Our graduates use their bachelor’s degrees and Iowa teacher certification to fulfill a variety of ministry and career roles around the world. Iowa teacher certification will allow graduates to serve as teachers in public and private schools throughout the United States. A bachelor’s degree in education is a great foundation for teaching in a home school, doing curriculum writing or program planning at camps. Some graduates choose to serve on the mission field, teaching in settings from Africa to South America.

What Makes Our Programs Unique?

As part of Emmaus’s Elementary Education Program, expect to experience:

  • Classroom involvement and interaction with students beginning year one--helping you make connections between course learning and real-life application
  • Over 180 hours of classroom experience prior to student teaching
  • A week-long teaching internship in Tennessee during the spring of your junior year—giving you the opportunity to teach a unit you have prepared, develop your classroom management skills, and learn to adapt lessons to students’ learning needs
  • A year-long student teaching practicum—allowing you to see the year from start to finish and build strong relationships with your students and cooperating teacher
  • Opportunities to attend professional development conferences
  • Close mentoring relationships with experienced and caring faculty—providing you with the help and support you need to grow personally and professionally.
C.R.E.W. (Cultivating Responsible Educators Worldwide)

CREW is the Emmaus Teacher Education student organization. This group meets regularly for fellowship, planning, and fun activities. All declared majors are eligible for voting membership in the group. Interested freshmen are encouraged to participate in CREW but with no vote.


Educating and equipping learners to impact the world for Christ.

 2570 Asbury Road
   Dubuque, IA 52001

 (563) 588-8000