Graduate Teaching Licensure

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Program philosophy

The College of St. Scholastica's Graduate Teaching Licensure Program is an innovative program designed to provide professional preparation of teachers for elementary, middle and secondary licensure. The program is focused on student learning; is well grounded in research and best practices; collaborative with the K-12 community; and committed to integrating diverse perspectives and educational technology.

We seek to prepare committed teachers who are firmly grounded in the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to promote student learning. The varied courses and field experiences enable students to develop mastery of the Standards of Effective Practice for beginning teachers.

Program description and format

The Graduate Teaching Licensure Program (GTL) offers students an initial teaching license that leads to a master of science in teaching degree. It is designed for those who have completed an accredited baccalaureate degree in a field other than education, or for certified teachers who wish to add another endorsement to their license.

Designed for flexibility

The program is designed for flexibility and offers a hybrid model of online and on-site learning. There are four onsite sessions held each eight-week term. Most sessions meet Saturdays, with some evening courses. Field experiences occur in a variety of school settings and require some school day hours. Students can complete the program in as little as 18 months providing they have the necessary content area requirements.

Standards-based licensure program

The program is standards-based and emphasizes active, results-oriented learning. The program is designed around four major strands; content integration, reflection and professional development, diversity, and technology. Faculty model best practices in each of the strand areas throughout the program.

Elementary or secondary licensure options

Students may work toward licensure in elementary (K-6) or secondary licensure (5-12) in the areas of communication arts and literature, social studies, life science, chemistry, and mathematics.

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Program Director

Chery Takkunen, Ph. D.
Chair, Graduate Education Programs
Associate Professor

Office: Tower Hall 3100

Accreditation

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The Teacher Education program at the College of St. Scholastica is accredited by both the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of 7 years, from October 2013 to October 2020. This accreditation includes the following sites: Duluth, Brainerd, St. Paul, St. Cloud, and Rochester, Minnesota. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the Educator Preparation Program offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

Read a summary of the case to CAEP

Read a summary of the case to TEAC

Minnesota Board of Teaching Approval (BOT)

The fully accredited Teacher Education Program is assessed according to the requirements and standards of the Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT). The teacher education program has full continuing approval through June 30, 2019.