In the School of Education, all of our programs foster high academic standards, technological literacy, collaborative partnerships, and a diverse learner perspective. Licensure programs are standards based, designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions characteristic of highly qualified educational professionals.
Faculty members have significant K-12 and administrative experience, allowing them to bring real-world perspective to their students.
Every teacher licensure program includes a student teaching component, but we prepare students to lead classrooms by getting them into schools from their very first semester. This experience in the classroom provides students with the experience to be successful educators with fulfilling careers. It also helps those students who do not thrive in a classroom setting to discover this early in their education.
Dr. Jo Olsen has a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, a master's degree in School Psychology, is a licensed School Psychologist in Wisconsin and a Minnesota Licensed Psychologist (M.S.). Dr. Olsen has served on the Inquiry Brief Commission for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator preparation (CAEP) and was State Chapter President for the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education from 2011-2013. She is currently the principal investigator for the $1.2 million grant recently awarded by the National Science Foundation to The College of St. Scholastica to increase the number of math and science teachers for Minnesota high-need schools.
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1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811
Jo Olsen, Ed.D., M.S.
School of Education Dean
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, St. Paul, and St. Cloud 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.
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 unit approval through June 30, 2019 and program approval through June 30, 2018.