Developing highly effective teachers
Students who graduate with an Education degree from The College of St. Scholastica have a competitive edge in today's job market. The College has a strong reputation for developing highly effective teachers. A shortage of qualified teachers exists in many parts of the U.S. with an increased shortage expected in this decade as large numbers of current teachers retire.
Students who complete the Middle/Secondary Education Program have a firm foundation in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to promote student learning. An important component of the program is the opportunity for early and extended field experiences in local classrooms prior to the required student teaching experience.
Middle/secondary licensure requires completion of a teacher preparation major offered by one of the following departments:
- English (Communication Arts and Literature)
- Social Sciences
- Music (K-12 license including Classroom Music)
- Spanish (K-12 license)
All students planning to major in a content area and complete the Middle/Secondary Education Program should have an advisor in their content major.
Program outcomes reflect the six components of the School of Education's conceptual framework: critical reflective practice, content knowledge, best practices, diverse perspectives, appropriate dispositions, and collaborative partnerships. Students who complete an Education Program at The College of St. Scholastica will:
- Practice critical reflection in the analysis and improvement of their teaching.
- Demonstrate a sound foundation of content knowledge in the subject areas they teach.
- Understand and implement best practices in their teaching.
- Demonstrate the dispositions critical to effective teaching.
- Practice responsive teaching that meets the diverse needs of all students in their classrooms.
- Collaborate effectively with stakeholders (e.g. parents, K-12 administrators, community members) to enhance student learning.
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Valerie Tanner, M.Ed.
Chair, Undergraduate Programs
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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.
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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.