Joen Larson

I am an advocate for teacher leaders who believe in service.

Joen Larson, EdD

Professor of Practice


"I am a positive person and believe teachers are leaders who make lasting impressions on students. I am an advocate for teacher leaders who believe in service. I find educator preparation to be a very rewarding field since I am putting my thumbprint on future educators by developing educators who serve students, parents, communities and the teaching profession."

Dr. Joen Larson is currently a professor of practice with the College of Education, teaching courses for future educators in the BA in Education Studies. Since she worked with teacher candidates for a number of years in teacher preparation programs, she believes it is very important for educators to realize that they are developing a professional reputation the minute they enter an educator program. That reputation includes exhibiting the behavior of a role model for K-12 students, demonstrating professional behavior in field-based experience/practicum, and practicing leadership skills throughout the program.

She holds a Master of Counselor Education from Iowa State University and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa. She has experience as a preschool owner, Kindergarten, 1st, and 5th grade teacher, elementary principal, high school guidance counselor, consultant with the Iowa Department of Education and IPTV, and college professor at Upper Iowa University, Grand View College and Education Department Chair at Waldorf College.


Dr. Joen Larson was the Dean of Ashford University's College of Education (COE) so she worked with the Clinton Campus Teacher Preparation Program until it ended. She was also the Licensure Officer for the program.

Dr. Larson serves in leadership roles with the American Association for Colleges for Teacher Education. She is the past Iowa Chapter president and currently serves on the Iowa Chapter Executive Board. She also served as chair on the American Association for Colleges for Teacher Education Standing Committee on Government Relations and Advocacy. Her term of service will end May 31, 2017.


Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership
University of Northern Iowa
Master of Counselor Education
Iowa State University