Hands-On Learning

Education majors at Augustana experience hands-on learning in the classroom and in the field. You will engage and observe through our Model Classroom, Sign Language Interpreting Lab, and Roberts Learning Center for speech pathology and audiology.

From the very first education course, EDUC 110, Augustana education majors complete field experiences in a variety of area schools working with students and mentor teachers.  Education majors spend time in classrooms engaged in the following:

  • working one-on-one in a mentoring or tutoring program,
  • observing and assisting classroom teachers,
  • providing instruction and assistance to small groups of students, and/or
  • teaching whole-class lessons.

Augustana University education majors consistently experience real-life classrooms throughout their program of study and spend over 100 hours in field experiences prior to student teaching as they prepare to work with and meet the needs of today's diverse K-12 students  All licensure programs culminate in a full-time student teaching experience which typically provides the opportunity for multiple placements.

I feel that students get so much more out of hands-on learning because it stretches their minds to think about what they are learning in various ways; instead of simply "absorbing" the information, they become involved in their learning and develop a deeper understanding of the material.

— Courtney Storm, Elementary Education Major

The Model Classroom is a one-of-a-kind setting; it is a simulated elementary classroom filled with resources, posters, colorful decorations and SMART technology. Students can gather behind a one-way mirror to watch a master teacher working with students in the classroom.

Across the hallway, you might participate with or observe area professionals as they conduct diagnostic evaluations of children and youth with disabilities. Our campus has the only fully outfitted Sign Language Interpreting Lab in the region dedicated exclusively to learning American Sign Language.

The Roberts Learning Center was established in 1986 and is designed to support students interested in Speech Pathology and Audiology.