The Elementary Education program provides students with a firm foundation in the knowledge, skills and disposition required to be successful in an elementary school classroom. Students are placed in a classroom setting early and often, developing a host of required skills that must be practiced as well as learned. Graduates are eligible for teacher licensure for grades K-6.
The Elementary Education Degree Completion Program provides individuals who have an associate's degree or equivalent with an opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree in just two years. The program features a hybrid format of online/on-campus classes offered two evenings a week and every other Saturday on our St. Paul campus. Graduates are eligible for Minnesota K-6 teaching licensure.
The Middle/Secondary Education program prepares teachers to lead classrooms in middle and secondary schools in one of seven subject areas: Communication Arts/Literature, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Spanish and Music. A focus is placed on field experience, which helps to develop skills that must be practiced as well as learned. Graduates are eligible for teacher licensure for grades 5-12. Music and Spanish education majors are eligible for licensure at grades K-12.
The Native Teacher Program aims to close the achievement gap present among Native students by increasing the number of American Indian teachers and role models working in public, private, tribal, immersion and charter schools. With a curriculum that combines preparation for their teaching licensure with and in-depth study of Ojibwe language and culture, students learn the best practices needed to guide Ojibwe learners of all ages to success in and out of the classroom.
This program, housed under the Native Teacher Program, prepares students to be proficient in the Ojibwe language'; to establish a solid foundation in Ojibwe culture, traditions and history; and to understand effective teaching strategies and curriculum materials for working with American Indian children. This program can be combined with one of the above teacher licensure programs or taken as a stand-alone program for those interested in graduate study.
The Educational Studies major supports career exploration for those following a field of study allied with education. This may include students who have a desire to run children's homes, in-home day cares; healthcare students who's profession involves educating patients and their families; students who plan to be involved in the ministry of religious education; individuals who hope to learn how to effectively home school their children; those who aspire to be college professors; and international students who may have different needs when teaching in a different country.