Teacher Development Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Teacher Development offers an Elementary Education major leading to licensure for grades K-6.

The Department of Teacher Development also offers the professional licensure component for students seeking subject area teaching certification in grades 5-12 (Communication Arts & Literature, Math, Social Studies, Sciences, or Technology Education) and for students seeking teaching certification in Art, ESL, Music, Physical Education, or World Languages for grades K-12.

Teacher Development Graduate Certificates

The Department of Teacher Development offers the following certificate:

Teacher Development Graduate Programs

The Department of Teacher Development offers a Master's degree program in Curriculum and Instruction.

General Requirements

The requirements of teacher licensure programs with majors in elementary/K-8 and 5-12 or PreK-12 teaching areas require participation in a variety of learning activities, some of which occur away from the SCSU campus.

Be advised that in making application for a teaching field you are agreeing to make a reasonable effort to provide or obtain transportation or other resources necessary to participate in the activities required by the program and to accept the associated risks. Proof of professional liability insurance will be required for field experiences.

All students seeking Elementary/K-8, 5-12 and PreK-12 teaching licenses have three procedural responsibilities to complete as part of the professional education requirements.

  1. Admission to major program. This procedure is a function of the department or center to which the major is assigned. See information listed under the various academic units for details.
  2. Admission to Teacher Education.
  3. Admission to student teaching. This procedure is a function of the Office of Clinical Experiences. Applications for student teaching assignments are due a year in advance. Please see requirements listed under Elementary/K-6 Program and/or 5-12, PreK-12 Education Program, Department of Teacher Development.

The student teaching experience takes place in cooperating school districts. The Elementary/K-6 experience is taken during the senior year and is part of two semester blocks. Student teaching for 5-12 and Pre-K-12 teaching licenses is one full semester taken during the senior year. (Note: If more than one teaching major is being pursued, additional student teaching is required.) Some major departments will require a seminar during student teaching.

All student teachers are encouraged to participate in community activities and study community life. It is the responsibility of the students to make their own housing arrangements and bear the expenses for housing and transportation involved during off-campus assignments.

Prospective education field students need to make long-range plans for their total university program at an early date if they are to receive maximum benefits from the student teaching experience.

The college reserves the right to consider as part of admission to student teaching those personal qualities, general health, conduct, or other standards judged to be appropriately related.

Where a question exists regarding a student's eligibility for admission to student teaching for reasons beyond the academic record, a review will be conducted through the Office of the Dean of the School of Education.

Required for Application to Teacher Education through the Office of the Dean of the School of Education

  • Meet with adviser in subject area in which you plan to teach
  • Current enrollment in or successful completion of the following courses/competencies:
    • CEEP 262 Human Growth and Development (Social Studies majors may substitute PSY 240)
    • Demonstrated Computer Proficiency or IM 245, IM 260, CSCI 169, CSCI 201, ETS 157 or equivalent

Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education Program through the Office of the Dean of the School of Education

  • Completed/Signed Major application form
  • Must have completed at least 30 semester hours toward bachelor's degree
  • GPA 2.75 or greater
  • Taken Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)  Note: The current PPST will change to Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) beginning September 1, 2010.
  • Current enrollment in or successful completion of ED 300 Teaching in Middle School and High School
  • Effective September 1, 2010, ETS Praxis I & II teacher licensure tests (Basic Skills and Content and Pedagogy will be replaced by Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination (MTLE) tests.

Admission to Teacher Education Required for Enrollment in Following Courses
CEEP 361; HLTH 301; IM 422; HURL 497, 498; ENGL/ED 460; SPED 425; ED 421-ED 431-ED 441; ED 466/467

Pre-Requisites for Enrollment in ED 421/431 Professional Practice Semester
Students must earn a "C" or better in the following courses: ED 300; CEEP 361; IM 422; HURL 497

Courses to be Taken Either Before or With ED 421/431 Professional Practice Semester
ENGL/ED 460/560; SPED 203

Professional Practice Semester
ED 421/521, ED 431/531, are co-requisites usually taken the semester prior to student teaching. ED 441/541 is an optional course used in some programs.  ED 441/541 is based on a half-day, Monday through Friday, field experience for several weeks during the semester.

Prerequisites for Enrollment in ED 466/467 Student Teaching

  • Application to Student Teach (due before the semester prior to student teaching begins)
  • Successful Completion of all other Professional Education Courses with "C" or better
  • Passing scores on the MTLE Basic skills exams in Reading, Writing and Math

Note: Total credits during student teaching should equal 12 with between 9-12 with 9-12 credits for TDEV supervision (ED 466/467) and between 0-3 credits for major programs (as decided by each major) to provide important subject-area seminars and/or supervision related to student teaching. All student teaching experiences are considered as a full day, Monday through Friday, commitment for 16 weeks.

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