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"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.

Banner photo courtesy of Steve Diamond

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%.

Department News

Teaching in Sweden Study Abroad
May 16 - June 11, 2018

This study aborad experience includes a 3 week teaching practicum, north of Stockholm in beautiful Edsbyn & Alfta, Sweden, followed by 5 nights and 4 full days of sightseeing in Stockholm. For more information, check out the flyer here!

Children's Literature in the United Kingdom
May 14 - June 4, 2018

This course will travel to Europe to explore the social, political and cultural forces that shape writing and publishing for children in the United Kingdom, study the fantasy genre, and discuss the value of magical stories for child development. Check out the flyer here!

Kennedy Community School Partnership

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University creates a powerful partnership with Kennedy Community School, resulting in CSB/SJU's very own classroom! Watch our students transform the new classroom at Kennedy Community School

College Bonds Outlast Graduation

The connections you make in college can last a lifetime. This is especially true for nine CSB/SJU elementary education graduates who all found teaching positions together at Annandale Elementary School.

Education Students

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Contact Us

Clarinda Solberg
Program Coordinator
Education Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University


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