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Elementary Education

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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.

Program details

Students who complete the Elementary 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.

The Elementary Education major is a bachelor of science degree program. It is recommended that all Elementary Education students have a minor in an area of their interest. All students planning to major in Elementary Education should have an advisor from the School of Education.

Program outcomes

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:

  1. Practice critical reflection in the analysis and improvement of their teaching.
  2. Demonstrate a sound foundation of content knowledge in the subject areas they teach.
  3. Understand and implement best practices in their teaching.
  4. Demonstrate the dispositions critical to effective teaching.
  5. Practice responsive teaching that meets the diverse needs of all students in their classrooms.
  6. Collaborate effectively with stakeholders (e.g. parents, K-12 administrators, community members) to enhance student learning.

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Prospective students

Current students

Program director

Matt Ridenour, Ed.D.
Chair, Undergraduate Programs
Assistant Professor

Office: Tower Hall Room 3103

CSS/Churchill Teaching Immersion Program

CSS/Churchill Teaching Immersion Program