Teacher Development (ED) Undergraduate Programs
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Also see School of Education description and requirements.
Programs at a Glance
- BS – Elementary/K-8 Education
- Minor – Reading Instruction
Program admission and performance requirements
Admission – Department and Teacher Education
- completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours, with at least 12 semester hours in residence at SCSU
- completion of ED 200 with grade of “C” or better
- 2.75 GPA or higher overall
- grade of “C” or better in ENGL 191 and CMST 192
- grade of “C” or better in each completed course required for the major
- completion of the Pre-Professional Skills Test
Graduation – Teacher Education
- 2.50 GPA or higher overall
University minimum requirements for bachelor’s degrees
- 120 credits
- 40 credits in Liberal Education
- 45 credits in upper-division (300-400) courses
- 30 credits in residence at SCSU
- 2.00 GPA overall, in major, and in minor (departments may set higher standards)
(See this section and the section on the School of Education for more information.)
Chairperson: Ramon Serrano
Faculty: Bacharach, Christian, Davis, Davison, Frank, Hornstein, Jay, Lo, Miller, Rojas, Scott-Halverson, Serrano, Subrahmanyan
The Department of Teacher Development includes the following programs:
- Elementary/K-8 Education major (K-6 Education major beginning September, 2010)
- Reading instruction minor
- B.S. majors in 5-12 education, PreK-12 education
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.
- 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.
- Admission to Teacher Education. Admission to Teacher Education requires taking the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) which must be completed before students can enroll in selected upper-level courses. Note: The current PPST will change to Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) beginning September 1, 2010. This procedure is a function of the Office of the Dean of the School of Education. See information provided under School of Education.
- 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-8 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-8 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. Revisions of requirements for admission to student teaching are under consideration. Students should check with the Department of Teacher Development regarding current admission standards.
NOTE: Minnesota Elementary Teaching licensure changes to K-6 beginning September 1, 2010. Also, the current Praxis tests will change to Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) beginning September, 2010.
Bachelor of Science
Elementary/K-8 Education Admission requirements:
- Completion of ED 200 with grade of "C" (not "C-") or higher.
- Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.
- Grade of "C" (not "C-") or higher in all completed courses required for the major.
- Completion of PPST.
- Completion of major program application form with adviser's signature.
ED 200 is a prerequisite for all other elementary education courses. The elementary education major is designed to develop teachers who:
- Collaborate with other teachers, administrators, families and children in creating an educational community within a school setting.
- Enrich and integrate the curriculum through the application of their knowledge in the various disciplines related to programs in elementary schools;
- Implement an understanding of child growth and development characteristics and sensitivity to the needs of students into their classroom teaching responsibilities;
- Apply knowledge of various theories and philosophies of teaching and learning to developing a teaching style, to making curriculum choices and changes, and to choosing appropriate employment opportunities;
- Assess and apply present educational practices and programs in the context of various learning theories, philosophies and needs specific to the community; and
- Assess and apply a variety of classroom materials and methodologies related to current educational concerns in the context of various learning theories, philosophies and needs specific to the community.
Elementary Education Major (76 credits)
The elementary education program leads to licensure in grades K-6. Students may add Middle School Endorsement in Science, Math, Communication Arts and Literature, Social Studies, or World Languages.
ED 200, 305, 310, 315, 406, 407, 408, 409, 411, 412, 414, 420, 422; MATH 201, 301; SCI 226, 227; SSCI 320; ART 396; MUSE 201; IM 421; CEEP 361, 262; SPED 203; PESS 398; HLTH 301; HURL 497, 498
In order to pass the Upper Division Writing Requirement students must complete, and receive a passing grade on a "Philosophy of Education" paper. The paper is to be completed during the "Block 4" sequence in the Foundation of Education course, ED 414.
Content Coursework for Middle School Endorsement: Contact the Chair of the Department of Teacher Development or an elementary faculty advisor.
Reading Instruction Minor (18)
The reading instruction minor for elementary/K-8 education majors has a three-fold purpose. First, it gives the education major an overview of the total reading program for pupils as they progress through their elementary and secondary school experiences. It also gives an overview of literature for all ages. Finally, it gives the education major a background in working with children who have reading problems.
The reading instruction minor is designed to help the prospective teacher become a more proficient teacher of reading at both the elementary and middle levels. Note: The Reading Instruction Minor is under redesign.
ENGL 361, ED 373, 415, 471, 472, 473
Pre K-12 and 5-12 Teaching
The requirements of major fields of study appropriate for Minnesota teaching licensure in PreK-12 and 5-12 areas are described by the following program areas in the catalog:
Pre K-12 Programs 5-12 Programs Art
Communication Arts and Literature
Students must first have an adviser in their major subject area and then seek a secondary education adviser in the Department of Teacher Development when they are ready to begin the professional education sequence. See General Requirements section under both Teacher Education and School of Education sections of the catalog for information about the process for applying to be admitted to Teacher Education.
Professional Education Sequence for Pre K-12 and 5-12
ED 300; CEEP 262, 361; IM 422-522; HLTH 301; HURL 497-597, 498-598 (co-requisites); ENGL/ED 460-560; SPED 425-525; ED 421-521 and ED 431-531 and ED 441-541 (co-requisites); ED 466 or 467.
All professional education courses must be successfully completed (with a grade of "C" or better) prior to student teaching. In addition, students must have the approval of their major department, 2.5 grade point average, and admission to Teacher Education. Student teaching requires full day, full semester commitment of the student teachers. Some major departments require a seminar during student teaching. Application for student teaching is required at least two semesters prior to the semester of student teaching. Information meetings about student teaching are held each fall semester.
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 2.5 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
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 421/431/441 Professional Practice
Students must earn a "C" or better in the following courses: ED 300; CEEP 361; IM 422; HURL 497, 498
Courses to be Taken Either Before or With ED 421/431/441 Professional
ENGL/ED 460/560; SPED 425/525
Professional Practice Semester
ED 421/521, ED 431/531, and ED 441/541 are all co-requisites usually taken the semester prior to student teaching. 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
Note: Total credits during student teaching should equal 12 with between 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.