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Updated 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog

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Professional Education


The teacher is a reflective professional who nurtures the potential of individuals through a knowledge of child and adolescent development and who addresses the diversity of student needs in a multicultural society. The teacher has the ability to mesh effectively the methodologies, theories, concepts, and principles upon which the art and science of education are built. Working from a pedagogical and academic knowledge base, the teacher integrates these elements into effective teaching to promote growth in cognitive and affective learning. In addition, the teacher, as a life-long learner, keeps abreast of current trends and research while working with colleagues, administrators, other professionals, and parents to enhance the educational process now and in the future. The model that forms the basis for the programs is fully described in the department's Teacher Education Handbook.


For All Education Majors
General Entry Requirements

A Basic Skills test (MTLE) taken and on file. (If all sections of the test are not passed, a plan for remediation must be completed, filed with the Clinical Experiences Office, and be approved, prior to the completion of ED 3100.)

30 semester credits completed

2.50 GPA

General Exit Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.50 in professional education, major/minor, and overall course work.

Signed forms by the cooperating teacher and the faculty supervisor that the student has satisfactorily completed student teaching for each licensure sought.

Scores at or above minimums on basic skills tests required by the State of Minnesota or Department of Professional Education.

An acceptable score on standardized professional field competency assessments.

Career Directions

Adult Educator
Community Education Coordinator
Curriculum Developer
Education Specialist
Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, Secondary Teacher
Training Manager
Youth Program Director
Also: Graduate Study


Recommended High School Courses
Human Development
Oral and Written Communication
Computer Use
Recommended Liberal Education Courses
Introductory Psychology
A Speech Course
Ojibwe/American Indian Culture and History
Music Fundamentals (Elementary Education)