K-12 Teaching Programs
K-12 Teaching Programs
- Art Teaching (K-12)
- Biology Teaching (5-12)
- Business Teaching (5-12)
- Chemistry Teaching (9-12)
- Communication Arts & Literature (English Teaching) (5-12)
- Dance Teaching (K-12)
- Developmental Adapted Physical - Teaching (K-12)
- Earth Science Teaching (5-12)
- Family Consumer Science Teaching (5-12)
- French Teaching (K-12)
- German Teaching (K-12)
- Health and Physical Education - Teaching (K-12)
- Mathematics Teaching (5-12)
- Music Teaching (K-12)
- Social Studies Teaching (5-12)
- Spanish Teaching (K-12)
- Physics Teaching (5-12)
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (K-12)
The programs prepare students for initial licensure as professional educators in K-12, middle, and high school classrooms. Programs focus on gaining the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to function effectively in diverse educational settings.
This section describes ONLY the professional education requirements for completion of teaching degrees at the 5-12 and K-12 levels. Students interested in teaching at the 5-12 and K-12 levels must be admitted to BOTH their major program and professional education.
Formal evaluation of prior academic professional education preparation will be evaluated by the coordinator of Initial Licensure. Formal approval of coursework is based on course descriptions, syllabi, samples of completed work and/or field experience evaluations.
Policies & Faculty
Each program must meet accreditation standards and address the Standards of Effective Practice assigned by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). Part of the accreditation process is creating, implementing, and maintaining an admission process into the profession of education. This admission process occurs during a student’s sophomore or junior year and is in addition to their admission into the program. The admission into professional education is a competitive admission process. After admission into professional education, a student must continually meet progression standards to remain in the program.
Admission into Professional Education - a competitive admission standard for the Professional Education program.
- A minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
- A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
- Completion of Basic Skills exam
- Enrollment or completion of KSP 220W and KSP 222
- “C” grade in ENG 101
- “C” grade in General Education Math
- Completion of National Criminal Background Check
- Proof of liability insurance
Progression Standards: After admission, students must meet progression standards to remain in the program.
- Coursework in professional education requires a grade of “C” or better.
- A cumulative career GPA of 2.75 is required.
- Field experiences & required background checks.
- Courses must be taken for a grade except when P/N is the only option.
- Admission to the student teaching experience is contingent upon completion of courses, admission to Professional Education, and other approvals
Note: Requirements related to teaching majors are subject to change as new rules governing teacher licensure are adopted by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).
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Credits: 1Course gives students new to this country and to the U.S. higher education a broad overview of the U.S. educational system and provides a forum for discussion and comparison of customs and beliefs as they affect relationships among students and professors. Prereq: International student
Prerequisites: International Student
Credits: 3Students will explore a variety of careers in education (teaching, counseling, social work, psychology, library media, administration) through research, off-campus observation and participation along side a practicing professional in education, and off-campus service learning with school-age youth and adolescents.
Goal Areas: GE-02
Diverse Cultures: Gold
This course will engage students in an in-depth exploration of how the challenges and demands imposed by an ever evolving diverse, legalistic, politically minded, and technologically driven society impact public education in America today. Students will research central issues and critically analyze to foster ethical and civil responsible decision making. Fall, Spring, Summer
Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-09
Diverse Cultures: Gold
Credits: 1Teacher candidates will develop skills to access information and integrate technology to improve learning for PK-12 students. Teacher candidates research, select, and evaluate information about diverse populations to design classroom applications using a wide variety of instructional technology.
Credits: 3Study of interpersonal skills, motivation, and group skills. Applied to educational settings. Requires 18 hours clinical service learning experience (out of class). Meets State of Minnesota human relations requirement for teacher licensure.
Goal Areas: GE-07, GE-11
Diverse Cultures: Gold
Credits: 2Teacher candidates develop understanding of cognitive, language, personal and social development for implications on teaching in the inclusive classroom. Dispositions and skills will be developed for recognizing and accommodating exceptionality in student learning.
Credits: 3Designed for non-teacher education students, this is a general education course considering human development from a life span perspective.
Goal Areas: GE-05
Credits: 3A companion course for students studying abroad. Pre-departure preparation, in country experiential learning and reflection and reentry debriefing will maximize the study abroad experience. Students develop critical thinking, interpersonal communication skills and dispositions for living in a global environment.
Goal Areas: GE-07, GE-08
Diverse Cultures: Gold
Credits: 3The course is designed to guide K-12 and 5-12 teacher candidates through the design, implementation, and assessment of a standards-based curriculum. Candidates will analyze standards, create assessments, and design and delivery of instruction in a field-site.
Credits: 3Course content addresses formal and informal, standardized evaluation of learner achievement in the classroom and programmatic evaluation. Assigned projects will accommodate the student's present/future professional career track.
Credits: 3Teacher candidates will further develop processes for creating and sustaining a classroom learning environment that enables success for all learners, including interacting with diverse families, school colleagues, and representatives from community agencies to support student engagement and learning. Co-reqs: KSP 440 & KSP 442
Credits: 3Teacher candidates will develop skills in differentiated instruction, reading and content-based literacy in inclusive classrooms. Teacher candidates will integrate prior knowledge of diverse learners, developmental models of learning, and curriculum and instruction into a comprehensive understanding of teaching. Co-reqs: KSP 440 & KSP 442
Credits: 3Study of interpersonal skills. Motivation, and group skills. Applied to educational settings. Required 18 hours clinical service learning experience (out-of-class). Meets State of Minnesota human relations requirement for teacher licensure. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 1Content focus is on professional rights, responsibilities, and development; student rights and responsibilities; and legal issues regarding data privacy and confidentiality. Skills of professional development, inquiry, reflection, coaching, and collaboration will be developed, practiced, and monitored.
Credits: 11Student teaching in the K-12 schools including weekly seminar for K-12 majors. Prereq: Admission to student teaching and KSP 420. Coreq: KSP 475
Prerequisites: Admission to student teaching.
Credits: 11Student teaching in the secondary school including weekly seminar for 5-12 majors. Prereq: KSP 420 and admission to student teaching.
Prerequisites: admission to student teaching.
Credits: 1-3In depth study and narrow focus on an educational topic. Students do extended research outside of class and defend their research in class. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 3-6Student teaching projects determined jointly between student and advisor. Coreq: KSP 477 or 476
Credits: 1-3Specific focus on an educational topic that may be taught as a regular curse such as: Topic: Web Resources for the Classroom (usually a group requests a specific topic.) Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 1-6Specific focus on an educational topic that is conducted for a special group. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 1-4Specific course designed to meet changing educational trends. Graduate students will have additional course requirements.
Credits: 1-8On-the-job training. Work is jointly supervised by the academic unit and the cooperating institution.
Credits: 1-6Student and faculty agree upon a specific unit of study. Student presents unit to faculty member for evaluation.