Dr. Brittany Garling

  • Dean, School of Education
  • Associate Professor of Education

B.A. Spanish and Secondary Education, Wartburg College
M.A. Foreign language Education and ESL, University of Iowa
Ph.D. Foreign Language Education and ESL, University of Iowa

As a former High School Spanish and K-12 ESL educator, Dr. Garling brings first-hand experience to our TESL and foreign language education courses. She currently serves as the chair of the TESL Department overseeing all TESL programming for the School of Education, Storm Lake, Online, and Graduate programs.This includes all pre-service teacher methods courses for both TESL and foreign languages, TESL endorsements, TESL master's degree. Dr. Garling is the Dean of the School of Education where she works closely with faculty and staff both on Storm Lake's campus and our online and graduate programs. She manages the process for report creation, data analysis, data integrity, and communication with accreditation for School of Education including assisting with course and faculty assignments. In addition to her role as a faculty member, Dr. Garling also serves as the Faculty Athletic Representative for our NCAA Division III conference which includes eligibility and academic related duties as well as a key contact for student-athletes, and faculty members. 

Professional Engagement: Dr. Garling is an engaged member of the Iowa Culture and Language (ICLC) organization, the Iowa World Language Association, the American Council for Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL), and Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) organization.  Dr. Garling and TESL pre-service educators attend and co-present at the Iowa Culture and Language Conference each academic year.  Research interests include demonstrating co-teaching in higher education for pre-service educators, cross collaboration amongst TESL pre-service educators and international ELL college students, foreign language teachers' use of technology in the K-12 setting, the barriers ESL students face while entering the K-12 setting, meeting the needs of the growing demands of ESL education within the state of Iowa, and teachers’ perceptions in working with ELLs in the classroom.  Dr. Garling was selected to serve on the ELPA 21 advisory committee reviewing the assessment tool utilized in the state of Iowa for ELLs.


University Seminar, K-12 Foreign Language Methods, Introduction to Second Language Acquisition, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Methods, Curriculum and Assessment in Teaching English as a Second Language, Teaching English as a Second Language Field Experience, K-12 Foreign Language Field Experience, and both graduate and plus one TESL courses.

Brittany Garling