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Education Major

"The task of a teacher, who is also a learner, is both joyful and rigorous. It demands seriousness and scientific, emotional and affective preparation." Paulo Freire

 Purposeful decision-making is at the heart of effective teaching.  Our aim is to develop exemplary teachers with a strong liberal arts foundation who exemplify Benedictine values, and who consistently make professional decisions that help all students achieve their full potential as persons and as responsible world citizens in a democratic society.

Through formal instruction, field experiences, and supervised clinical teaching we strive to prepare educators who understand the complexities of today's classrooms and students, and who are able to apply their knowledge for the benefit of their students.



Education SharePoint Site

Faculty and Staff SharePoint Site

Student Resource SharePoint Site

Student Teacher SharePoint Site

Links to Scholarship Applications

Jane and Joseph Welle Scholarship

Sister Ruth Ann Schneider Scholarship

Elementary Education Major Scholarship

Laura Humble Bureau Scholarship

Art Spring Memorial Scholarship

Overview of Program

Program Highlights

  • K-12 classroom experience as observers, aides, tutors, and instructors in diverse educational settings is woven throughout candidates' four years of study and practice.
    - Elementary candidates invest 200 hours in field experiences followed by 600 hours in 16 weeks of student teaching.
    - 5-12 secondary candidates invest 140 hours in field experiences followed by 600 hours during 16 weeks of student teaching.
    - K-12 candidates invest more than 140 hours in field experiences followed by varied hours during student teaching, depending on their area of study.
  • All licensure programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) -- formerly NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education).
    -  Grade K-6 Elementary Education
    -  Grade K-12 Visual Arts, Vocal or Instrumental Music, French, German, Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language
    -  Grade 5-12 Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics
    -  Grade 5-8 Language Arts, Mathematics, and Natural Science
    -  Grade K-8 French, German and Spanish
    -  Grade 9-12 Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • All candidates affirm their instructional effectiveness during their student teaching experience by completing a graded teacher work sample and a nationally scored Stanford-Pearson Teacher Performance Assessment.
  • Candidates' average annual employment rate in educational settings exceeds 80%.

Meet Our Students

Meghan Stretar

Read about Elementary Education major, Meghan Stretar's, Study Abroad experience at the Pendla School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa


Watch our students transform the new classroom at Kennedy Community School




Emma Johnson is a senior chemistry major and secondary education minor at CSB/SJU. She recently presented her research titled, The Chemistry of Learning: How Emotions, Text Difficulty, and Reading Goals Influence Comprehension, at the Minnesota Private Colleges Scholars Showcase. She hopes to continue her research upon graduation and apply the information from it's findings in her own high school classroom this coming fall. 

Emma Johnson

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Maryjean Opitz
Administrative Assistant
Education Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University