School of Education


Learning continues far beyond the classroom walls. Students from the School of Education can have life changing community experiences through collaboration and partnerships programs.

  • Community Options – (CO2): The Community Options 2 program is a transition program for St. Cloud School District 742 students age 18-21 with developmental/cognitive disabilities or autism spectrum disorders. CO2 is a partnership between St. Cloud School District 742 and St. Cloud State University’s School of Education.
  • Language Immersion Programs
  • North Branch Project
  • Thrive Infant Mental Health: Greater St. Cloud Area Thrive is a project launched by the Initiative Foundation and hosted by St. Cloud State University Child and Family Studies Dept. and Sauk Rapids/Rice Early Childhood Programs. The overarching goal of Thrive is to support healthy social and emotional development of children birth to age five with a special emphasis on birth to age three, in our community. Thrive is a collaboration of community organizations, parents and community members who share the overarching goal of Thrive.
  • Academy for Co-Teachers: student teaching utilizing a co-teaching model. This innovative work was originally undertaken through a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Enhancement Partnership Grant for $5 Million awarded in 2003.
  • University of Macerata, Italy: The School of Education at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) signed an Institutional Agreement with the University of Macerata, in April 2011. The University of Macerata (UNIMC) is in Macerata, Italy.
    The agreement includes four main goals:
    • Plan and develop joint research and grant opportunities for comparative study in Education, Higher Education, and Educational Psychology.
    • Promote professional development opportunities for faculty members including seminars, courses, video conferences, and conferences to take place at the two universities.
    • Exchange teaching faculty, visiting scholars, and researchers with the aim of encouraging integrated teaching and research agendas.
    • Design and develop integrated education abroad programs for students, particularly short-term education abroad opportunities.
    The agreement also allows for other joint opportunities throughout the year. For more information about the agreement please contact the Dean’s Office.
  • Confucius Institute: The Confucius Institute will work with Chinese immersion/second-language programs and build cross-cultural understanding and partnerships in the community. The institute is housed on the second floor of the Education Building. The Confucius Institute is made possible through a partnership with the Jilin Province Department of Education in Changchun, China, and in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Ministry of Education in China.
  • Nelson Mandela University: NMMU in Port Elizabeth is a partnership program that offers wide program opportunities for students in the humanities, sciences and education. The School of Education supports a field experience program for teacher candidates from both partner institutions. Candidates from SCSU spend a quarter term at NMMU acquiring instructional skills dealing with diversity and intercultural skill sets in the form of direct non-degree enrollment.
  • Reading and Math Camp: In collaboration with the Sauk Rapids Rice School District, the Department of Special Education at St. Cloud State University conducts a large remedial summer program in reading, writing, and math with over 200 children in grades K-8. Approximately 40 graduate students who are completing Minnesota teaching licensure in learning disabilities develop and implement research- and data-based academic interventions, supervised by five St. Cloud State faculty members and three principals. Results consistently demonstrate improvement in children’s basic academic skills. Parents, cooperating teachers, graduate students, and the children consistently report high levels of satisfaction with the Reading and Math Camp.