School of Education - Accreditation Self-Study Report

Standard 4: Experiences Working With Diverse Candidates

Increasing the diversity of the student body is a goal at both the institutional and unit level. The Fall 2013 institutional “Quick Reference” report indicates that 20% of students enrolled at St. Cloud State University are students of color, and 52% are female (Exhibit 4.4.e.5). There are nearly 1,000 international students on our campus, adding to the richness of the experiences we can offer our candidates (Exhibit 4.4.e.2). Despite overall declines in enrollment, the current enrollment of students of color in teacher preparation programs is 11% at the undergraduate level and 20.5% at the graduate level (Exhibits 4.4.e.1; 4.4.e.3).

Through TPI, a team was created with the specific charge of making recommendations for the recruitment of diverse candidates, including teachers of color and men in the early years. The resulting report and recommendations outline current outreach efforts and strategies for improving our recruiting efforts as a unit and an institution (Exhibit 4.4.h.1).

Teacher candidates are encouraged to participate in a variety of opportunities on and off campus to develop intercultural competence in order to better serve P-12 students. Our candidates have many opportunities to study abroad, student teach in out-of-state and international settings and collaborate locally with international students (Exhibit 4.4.j.11).

  • Supervision of candidates along with curricular and instructional support to both the Spanish and Chinese immersion programs in the St. Cloud and Minnetonka, MN school districts (Exhibit 4.4.i.1). Partnerships with the Universidad de Concepcion (Chile) and Beijing Normal University (China) help support these efforts.
  • Faculty exchange and short-term study abroad for special educators with the Gyeongin National University of Education in South Korea.
  • Short term exchange program between SCSU, Temple University and Universidád Federal de Bahía in Salvador, Brazil through a FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education) grant.
  • Study Abroad at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, UK, focusing on children’s and young adult literature.
  • Student teaching in Beijing, China through an institutional partnership with Beijing Normal University.
  • Student teaching in South Africa through a partnership with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
  • Student teaching in the Aldine, TX school district