School of Education, Department of Teacher Education
Minneapolis Opus Hall (MOH) 302, (651) 962-4420
Frank(chair), Cho, Monson, Payne, Nistler, Smith, Trout, Warring

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.

Department of Teacher Education programs are based on a 5x5x10 model framework, representing:

the five dispositions of the Mission Statement

  1. morally responsible leaders who
  2. think critically,
  3. act wisely, and
  4. work skillfully to 
  5. advance the common good;

the five developmentally progressive program stages or blocks,

  1. Exploration, 
  2. Learning and Teaching, 
  3. Curriculum and Instruction, 
  4. Reflective Practice, and 
  5. Continuing Professional Development

and demonstrated competence in the ten nationally accepted Standards of Effective Practice 

  1. subject matter, 
  2. student learning, 
  3. diverse learners, 
  4. instructional strategies, 
  5. learning environment, 
  6. communication, 
  7. planning instruction, 
  8. assessment, 
  9. reflection and professional development, and 
  10. collaboration, ethics, and relationships

The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. 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 handbooks and information supplements outline 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 typically apply for admission to the Teacher Education program during their sophomore year (but may begin as freshmen), while enrolled in Block 1.  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 program disposition standards
  • Show evidence of satisfactory field experiences
  • Complete (but not necessarily pass) all three components (reading, writing, and mathematics) of the MTLE: Basic Skills.  (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.)

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 through portfolio presentation. World Languages candidates must arrange to pass the Oral Proficiency Interview (based on ACTFL Guidelines.)  For information regarding this, contact the Director of Field and Clinical Practice in the Department of Teacher Education. 

With Departmental approval, candidates may be able to complete half of their Clinical Practice in an international setting.

Program Completion

Following completion of all program requirements, a candidate may apply for Minnesota state licensure after passing all three sections of the MTLE: Basic Skills, and passing all required MTLE II 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 National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 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. 

Minor in Education

Some students who cannot complete the entire Teacher Education licensure program in four years may decide to complete the coursework to meet the requirements of the content major and come back to complete their licensure requirements on the graduate level. Declaring a minor in Teacher Education would designate this on their transcript and also be beneficial for them as they seek employment. All courses must be a 2.75 GPA or higher.  This minor is also available to any undergraduate student who completes the required courses with the approval of the Chair of Teacher Education.  While the minor alone does not complete the requirements for teaching licensure, the remaining courses, field experience, and clinical practice may be completed at the graduate level through the Department of Teacher Education. 

Students wishing to complete the Teacher Education minor must complete the following courses (20 credits):

  • EDUC 210 Education’s Place in Society and Field (4 credits)
  • EDUC 211 Field Experience I: Exploration (0 credits)
  • EDUC 330 Psychology for Teaching & Learning (4 credits)
  • EDUC 332 Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching (0 credits)
  • EDUC 329 Diverse Learners and Families (4 credits)
  • EDUC 355 Reading for the 5-12 Teacher OR EDUC 350 Language Dev, Literacy & Literature (4 credits)
  • One elective (4 credits) selected in consultation with the Chair of Teacher Education
    • Recommended courses include:
      • SPUG 450 Survey of Exceptionality
      • EDUC 327 Engineering in the P-12 Classroom
      • EDUC 361 Language and Culture for Academic Development
      • SOCI 110 Social Problems
      • PSYC 200 Infancy and Childhood
      • PSYC 202 Lifespan Development
      • PSYC 203 Psychology of Adolescence
      • COJO 220 Interpersonal Communication
  • Completion of Assessment at Transition Points I and II


ESL Education Minor (22 cr)

The number of people in the United States whose first language is not English is increasing rapidly. Those who are seeking teaching licensure, whether at the elementary, middle/secondary or K-12 level, may choose a minor in ESL Education to provide a base of knowledge in how to work with students who struggle with English.

This minor may also be useful for those pursuing other people/service related majors, such as social work, psychology, English, communications, etc., since these fields may also require work with people whose first language may not be English.

Courses required in this minor:

  • EDUC 358 Additional Language Acquisition for Diverse Learners (4 credits)
  • EDUC 361 Language and Culture for Academic Development (4 credits)
  • EDUC 363 Introduction to Linguistics for Teachers of Diverse Learners (4 credits)
  • EDUC 364 Literacy and Oral Language Development for Diverse Learners (4 credits)
  • EDUC 368 Testing and Assessment for Diverse Learners (2 credits)
  • EDUC 378 Grammar Instruction for Diverse Learners (4 credits)

Special Education and Gifted Education Exceptionalities Minor (20 cr)

This minor supports the development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions for those adult learners who will be facilitating the learning and development of preschoolers/children/youth with disabilities, giftedness or other areas of diversity.  This minor is an excellent option for undergraduates who are teacher education majors, and those in related fields who want to expand their knowledge and skills with children/youth with disabilities and giftedness.

Courses required in this minor:

  • SPUG 414 Collaboration Skills for School Professionals (4 credits)
  • SPUG 419 Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Interventions (4 credits)
  • SPUG 421 Introduction to the Education of Twice Exceptional and Underserved GCT Learners (4 credits)
  • SPUG 450 Survey of Exceptionality  credits)
  • SPUG 485 Behavior Management (4 credits)


Course Number Title Credits
EDUC  110 Intro to Music Education 1
EDUC  176 German Diction for Singers 1
EDUC  177 French Diction for Singers 1
EDUC  207 EarlyElem Music Methods PreK-2 3
EDUC  210 Ed's Place in Society 4
EDUC  211 Field Experience I:Exploration 0
EDUC  218 Teach Tech for Brass Inst 2
EDUC  220 Teach Tech for Percussion 2
EDUC  221 Teach Techniques for Woodwind 2
EDUC  307 Interm Elem Music Methods(3-5) 3
EDUC  308 Pedagogy&Lit for Music Perf I 2
EDUC  309 Pedagogy&Lit for Music Perf II 2
EDUC  314 Secondary Music Methods (6-12) 3
EDUC  316 C&I (5-12) Comm Arts & Lit 4
EDUC  317 C&I: (5-12) Math 4
EDUC  318 C&I:(5-12) Science 4
EDUC  319 C&I: (5-12) Social Studies 4
EDUC  324 Teach. Techniques for Strings 2
EDUC  327 Engineering in P-12 Clrm 4
EDUC  329 Diverse Learners & Families 4
EDUC  330 Psychology of Tchg & Lrng 4
EDUC  332 Field Exp II: Learning&Teach 0
EDUC  336 FldExpIII:(5-12)Comm Arts & li 0
EDUC  337 FldExpIII:(K-6)Elementary 0
EDUC  339 Fld Exp III: (5-12) Health 0
EDUC  341 Fld Exp III: (5-12) Math 0
EDUC  342 Fld Exp III: (K-12) Music 0
EDUC  343 FldExpIII:(K-12) Physical Ed 0
EDUC  344 Fld Exp III: (5-12) Science 0
EDUC  345 Adolescent Literature 2
EDUC  346 FldExpIII:(5-12)Social Studies 0
EDUC  347 FldExpIII:(K-12)World Lang 0
EDUC  350 Lang Dev, Literacy & Lit I 4
EDUC  355 Reading for 5-12 Teacher 4
EDUC  358 Addt'l Lang Acq for Div Lrners 4
EDUC  361 Lang & Culture for Acad Devel 4
EDUC  362 Vocal Pedagogy for Singers 1 TO 2
EDUC  363 Intro-Ling for Div Lners Tchrs 4
EDUC  364 Lit/Oral Lang Dev-Div Lrners 4
EDUC  366 Phil & Org of Middle Schools 2
EDUC  367 Interdis Plan for Middle Schls 2
EDUC  368 Testing & Eval for Div Lrners 2
EDUC  370 Lang Dev, Literacy & Lit II 4
EDUC  371 Teaching Math & Technology 4
EDUC  372 Teaching Sci/Healthy Living 4
EDUC  373 Teaching Soc Study/Fine Art 4
EDUC  378 Grammar Instr for Div Lrnrs 4
EDUC  380 C&I: (K-12) World Languages 4
EDUC  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
EDUC  418 Choral/Instrument Mus Methods 2
EDUC  431 Use of Tech for Instruction 2
EDUC  456 Inclusive School Community 2
EDUC  460 ClinPrac: StuTching & Sem 10
EDUC  463 Stu Teach&Sem:Dual License 12
EDUC  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4
Course Number Title Credits
STEM  181 Noncredit Science Seminar 0
STEM  182 Noncredit Science Seminar 0
STEM  359 Integrated Studies/Sci-Math 4

Special Education (SPUG)

Vandercook (chair), Bush, Neilson Gatti, Rogers, Ryan, Stansberry Brusnahan, Westberg, Wolfe

Course Number Title Credits
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