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, Brainerd, St. Paul, St. Cloud, and Rochester, 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 approval through June 30, 2019.
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 Middle/Secondary Education program prepares teachers to lead classrooms in middle and secondary schools in one of seven subject areas:
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 licenusre for grades 5-12. Music and Spanish education majors are eligible for licensure for grades K-12.
The new Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) special education licensure program is currently under development. Pending Minnesota Board of Teaching approval, the ABS program will be offered beginning in summer or fall of 2016.
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 whose profession involves educating patients and their families; students who plan to be involved in the ministry of religious education; people 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.