Admissions Office
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6046
(800) 249-6412
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admissions@css.edu

Valerie Tanner
Department Chair
Tower Hall, Room 3103
(218) 723-5992
vtanner@css.edu

Elementary Education

Program Facts

  • The School of Education (SOE) fosters high academic standards, technological literacy, collaborative partnerships and a diverse learner perspective throughout its programs. 
  • Faculty members have significant K-12 and administrative experience, allowing them to bring real-world perspective to their students.
  • The SOE offers multiple placements for students, significant opportunities for professional development, collaborative consultation, mentoring relationships, common experiences for students, exposure to best practices for teaching and learning, and shared research projects. 
  • The SOE's licensure programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions characteristic of effective teachers.
  • Programs are rich in early and ongoing field experiences and reflect practices which lead to more effective learning by students.
  • Elementary/education licensure program completers apply for an Elementary Education (grades K-6) license. Once licensed, they are eligible to work with children in elementary schools.
  • Curriculum is designed to correspond to the Minnesota Board of Teaching Standards of Effective Practice.
  • The SOE's programs are nationally accredited by both the Teach Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and have received continuing approval by the Minnesota Board of Teaching.

Program Requirements

56 core credits + 20 content credits

The program's curriculum is designed to comply with recent (2012) changes in licensure requirements.

Student Teaching

Students in the elementary education program spend substantial and continuous time in local schools beginning with their initial class through their senior year of student teaching. In addition to developing the skills need to become effective educators, this gives students an opportunity early in their education to be sure teaching at the elementary level is the right choice. Excellent local schools, both public and private, are happy to work with St. Scholastica students.

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  • " I decided to come to CSS to pursue the education program because I heard about the Native Teacher Program, which was a great fit for me since I want be an Ojibwe language teacher at the tribal school on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation. I like all of the activities that we do in the education methods classes -- for example, we often work in small groups and teach lessons that we developed prior to class. This activity is most helpful in my learning process because it requires me to think through my planning more thoroughly than I might if I were just writing up a theoretical lesson and submitting it."

    – Summer Gokey, ‘14