Admissions Office
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 723-6046
(800) 249-6412
TTY/TDD: (218) 723-6790

Brenda Fischer, Ed.D.
Department Chair
Tower Hall, Room 3103
(218) 723-5971

CSS/Churchill Teaching Immersion Program

CSS/Churchill Teaching Immersion Program

Middle/Secondary Education

Fast Facts: Middle/Secondary Education

  • The School of Education (SOE) fosters high academic standards, technological literacy, collaborative partnerships and a diverse learner perspective throughout its programs. 
  • Faculty members have significant K-12 teaching and administrative experience, allowing them to bring real-world perspective to their students.
  • The SOE offers multiple placements for students, significant opportunities for professional development, collaborative consultation, mentoring relationships, common experiences for students, exposure to best practices for teaching and learning, and shared research projects. 
  • The SOE’s licensure programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions characteristic of effective teachers.
  • Programs are rich in early and ongoing field experiences and reflective practice, which lead to more effective learning by our students and the students they work with.
  • Middle/secondary (grades 5-12) licensure program completers apply for licensures in communication arts and literature (English), social studies, mathematics, life science (biology) or chemistry after completing academic majors in their areas of study, and all SOE program required courses.
  • K-12 licensures are available in Spanish, instrumental music, vocal music and library media specialist.
  • Curriculum is designed to correspond to the Minnesota Board of Teaching Standards of Effective Practice.
  • The College's education programs are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and have received continuing approval by the Minnesota Board of Teaching.


Eleven of the 13 of the undergraduate teacher candidates who graduated and received their MN Teaching License in 2014-15 now have teaching jobs.

Program Requirements

  • Middle/Secondary and K-12 licensure requires completion of a teacher preparation major offered by one of the following departments: English, history, mathematics, biology or chemistry.
  • Spanish and music education and library media specialist programs result in a K-12 license.
  • The program's curriculum is designed to comply with recent (2012) changes in licensure requirements.

Student Teaching

Students in the secondary education program must complete 14 credits of student teaching in nearby middle and high schools during their senior year. Excellent local schools, both public and private, are happy to work with St. Scholastica students.

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  • "We have engaged professors who connect personally with students, content area classes that add variety to the learning experience and many opportunities for field experience. Those are the aspects I love about this major.”

    – Adam Wilson, ‘14