Apply to Teacher Education

General Requirements for Teacher Education Programs

Teacher Education Admission Criteria

Note: Field experiences and student teaching require school district criminal background checks.  Applicants with any prior conviction(s) may be unable to complete a program of study in education.

Step One:  Admission to Program

The applicant must be admitted to a major program of study (see major department for details) in order to be considered for admission to Teacher Education.

  1. Departments/Programs will assess student skills in writing and oral communication as well as student dispositions as a part to their admissions processes.

Step Two:  Admission to Teacher Education

Application deadlines are the first Monday in March (to be considered for admission for fall semester) and the first Monday in October (to be considered for admission for spring semester).

  1. The applicant must complete and submit the Application for Teacher Education. Applications are available in the School of Education Dean’s Office.
  2. The applicant must enroll in the electronic data system and participate in the collection of electronic data at entry and various other points throughout the teacher education program.
  3. The applicant must have taken the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination in reading, mathematics, writing and have a score report on file in the Office of the Dean of the School of Education. Students receiving a score of less than 220 in any area of the MTLE Basic Skills test must submit a success plan approved by the SOE Director of Student Services and the academic advisor before being admitted to Teacher Education. Applicants must pass the MTLE in reading, mathematics, and writing in order to be placed for student teaching and recommended for licensure. Tests may be retaken.
  4. The applicant must have earned an overall grade point average of 2.75 or greater (on a 4-point scale) in all course work completed. Students with a grade point average less than 2.75 must have an approved success plan on file with the SOE Director of Student Services and approval of their academic advisor prior to admission to Teacher Education.
  5. The applicant must have earned a grade of C or better (not C-) in a designated Introduction to Education Course (currently Ed 200, SPED 200, CFS 200 and ED 300)

Step Three:  Student Teaching Eligibility

Candidates must contact the Office of Clinical Experiences (EB B-120) for forms, deadlines and policies related to applications to enter student teaching.

  1. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  2. The applicant must have passing scores on all MTLE Basic Skills Tests.
  3. The applicant must meet all program and professional education requirements.
  4. The applicant must provide proof of liability insurance.
  5. The applicant must sign a student teaching contract.
  6. The applicant must successfully pass a criminal background check as required by the host district.
  7. Applicants must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours completed in residence at St. Cloud State. University prior to student teaching
  8. The applicant must agree to adhere to the expectations outlined in the appropriate Student Teaching Handbook.

The School of Education reserves the right to consider, as part of admission to student teaching, personal qualities, general health, scholastic achievement, conduct, or other standards related to effective teaching.

Step Four:  During Student Teaching

  1. The applicant must meet Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA) requirements as mandated by the State of Minnesota.
  2. The applicant must be familiar with and adhere to the expectations outlined in the Student Teaching Handbook.


A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation. Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in teacher education must meet the following academic standards in order to qualify for graduation:

  1. General scholarship—2.50 grade point average.
  2. Professional education—see individual departments and centers.

Application for graduation forms are obtained in the Office of Records and Registration. The university academic calendar lists the due dates for each semester.

Admission to Major

See the following sections in the undergraduate catalog:

For: See:
Elementary education Teacher Development
Secondary education Appropriate academic program of interest, i.e., art, math, English
Elementary/secondary education (PreK-12) Art, music, physical education
Early childhood education Child and Family Studies
Instructional technology Information Media
Special education Special Education

Admission to Student Teaching/Resident Teaching

See the following sections in the undergraduate catalog:

For: See:
Elementary, secondary and K-12 education Teacher Development
Early childhood education Child and Family Studies
Special education Special Education

Suggested plans of study for all majors in the School of Education are available online at

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