EDUCATION (EDUC) - SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
School of Education, Department of Teacher Education
Minneapolis Opus Hall (MOH) 433, (651) 962-4980
Vandercook (chair), Nistler (Associate Chair), Bush, Cho, Frank, Monson, Neilson Gatti, Payne, Smith, Stansberry Brusnahan, Trout, Warring, Westberg
Note: The University of St. Thomas Teacher Education programs are in alignment with Minnesota state licensure regulations. Changes in state regulations could affect the programs described below. Please maintain contact with the Department of Teacher Education for the most current information.
The University of St. Thomas Department of Teacher Education offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs for persons who wish to teach in elementary, middle, and secondary school settings. Candidates who become educators through the Department are part of a proud tradition that goes back over three-quarters of a century, completing programs that embrace the liberal arts, emphasize ethical practice, and prepare creative, reflective educators dedicated to the success of all learners. Current programs are offered within the School of Education’s mission:
Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas School of Education educates practitioners to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.
The School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Programs are designed to meet or exceed Minnesota State Board of Teaching licensure requirements.
Because of the number of required courses and the options available, it is suggested that students considering an education degree contact a department adviser as early as possible in their college career. Ongoing state licensure rule changes make careful planning particularly important. Department and School of Education information outlines specific departmental programs and policies and are available on the Teacher Education Blackboard site for students and in the Teacher Education Department office in Minneapolis Opus Hall (MOH 302).
Admission to the Program
Students apply for admission to the Teacher Education program while enrolled in EDUC 210. Criteria for admission to the education program include:
- Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for all credits earned at UST
- Positive recommendations based on a department committee review of a personal essay
Retention in the Program
Students accepted into the program must:
- Maintain a 2.75 GPA
- Earn a grade of C or better in all education courses
- Earn a grade of C- or better for all content area and allied content courses required for licensure
- Demonstrate ability to consistently exhibit all professional dispositions
- Show evidence of satisfactory field experiences
Complete (but not necessarily pass) all three components (reading, writing and mathematics) of the MTLE: Basic Skills or ACT/SAT approved substitutes. Candidates will need to pass all three components and all required MTLE II pedagogy and content exams by the time of program completion in order to apply for licensure in the state of Minnesota.
Successfully complete program Assessments at Transition Points
The department reserves the right to dismiss candidates from the licensure programs based on violations of the professional dispositions standards or unsatisfactory progress toward meeting state-mandated licensure standards.
Block 4 and Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)
In order to take Block 4 courses and participate in Clinical Practice, a candidate needs the following: senior status; successful completion of Assessments at Transition Points; satisfactory completion of all education courses in Blocks 1, 2, and 3 and licensure-related content courses; and satisfactory demonstration of all Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice. World Languages candidates must arrange to pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (based on ACTFL Guidelines). For information regarding this, contact the Field and Clinical Placement Manager in the School of Education.
With Departmental approval, candidates may be able to complete half of their Clinical Practice in an international setting.
Following completion of all program requirements, a candidate may apply for Minnesota state licensure after passing all three sections of the MTLE: Basic Skills exam and passing all required MTLE pedagogy and content area exams, or other Minnesota BOT approved licensure exams. On the basis of our approved Minnesota licensure program and our accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), many other states offer reciprocal entry licenses for candidates completing our program requirements. Since all states’ requirements are unique, any candidate planning to teach in another state is strongly advised to check with that state in advance in order to satisfy those requirements.
|STEM 181||Noncredit Science Seminar||0|
|STEM 182||Noncredit Science Seminar||0|
|STEM 359||Integrated Studies/Sci-Math||4|
|SPUG 414||Collab Skills for Sch Prof||4|
|SPUG 416||Fund: Stu w/Mild-Mod Needs||4|
|SPUG 419||Social Emotional Behav Interv||4|
|SPUG 421||Twice Excep&Underserved GCT||4|
|SPUG 450||Survey of Exceptionality||4|
|SPUG 478||Fundamentals: Preschoolers||4|
|SPUG 485||Behavior Management||4|