Education

Department Chair: Theresa Johnson

Faculty: Catherine Bohn-Gettler, Jeanne Cofell, Susan Cogdill, Shannon Essler-Petty, Luke Feierabend, Diana Fenton, Kristi Hendricks, Madeleine Israelson, Theresa Johnson, Michael Leach, Kimerly Miller, Alicia Peters, Terri Rodriguez, Lynn Schnettler, Leah Shepard-Carey, Allison Spenader, Mary Tacker, Gretchen Starks-Martin, Kari Weber.

The CSB/SJU Education Department recognizes purposeful decision-making is at the heart of effective teaching. We aim to develop exemplary teachers who have a strong liberal arts background, who exemplify Benedictine values, and who consistently make professional decisions which help all students to achieve their full potential as persons and as responsible world citizens in a democratic society.

The education department currently offers courses of study that prepare students academically to apply for Minnesota licensure in elementary education for grades K-6 with an optional grades 5-8 endorsement in Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, Science, or K-8 World Language and Culture (French, German, or Spanish); grades 5-12, Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Sciences; and grades K-12 licensure in World Language and Culture, Art, Music, and Teaching English as a Second Language.  These programs are approved by the Minnesota State Board of Teaching (MBOT). Non-licensure programs in grades 5-12 Theology and grades K-12 Teaching English as an International Language are also offered.

Students are strongly advised to contact the Education Department during their first year to become aware of the current program requirements and devise a course plan. Programs are subject to change according to the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board licensure guidelines.

Admission to Teacher Education

Students must make formal application to the Education Department for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Application is made while students are enrolled in EDUC 310. Applicants are required to meet criteria specified on the Education Department's website. 

Additional Education Department Requirements

Due the professional nature of this program, students must:

    1. Maintain a cumulative, major, minor and endorsement GPA of 2.50 or above. In addition, a grade of C or above is required in all major/minor/endorsement courses.
    2. Complete required licensure examinations
    3. Complete edTPA during student teaching
    4. Complete background check every two years, or as required by the district in which a student is placed. Eligibility to participate in Education Department course work and field experiences is determined by the department chair and aligned to state and district regulations/policies. This process will be coordinated by the Education Department.
    5. Purchase liability insurance through Education Minnesota on an annual basis.

Students may reference the Teacher Education Handbook for additional information about requirements.

Note: Students may be required to take a ninth semester to fulfill licensure requirements depending on what experiences and licensure areas they would like to fit within their CSB/SJU career. Students interested in pursuing education should communicate with the department as early as possible to develop a plan for completing all requirements.

Major in Elementary Education (K-6)

Please refer to the Education Department website for the most current information.

Required Courses (79-83 credits):
EDUC 109, 111, 150, 151, 203, 212, 215, 305, 310, 313, 315, 318, 323, 325, 333, 334, 347, 359, 360 (for K-6 license only), 361 (for K-8 license), 390, MATH 121 and 180, and COMM 200 or evidence of fulfillment of the speech requirement.

Optional 5-8 or K-8 Endorsement

All elementary education majors may choose to complete a grades 5-8 endorsement in Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, Science, or a grades K-8 endorsement in World Languages (French, German, or Spanish).  See the Education Department page for further information regarding the 5-8/K-8 endorsements.

Minor in Secondary Education (grades K-12, 5-12, 9-12) (45-50 credits)

Please refer to the Education Department website for the most current/complete information.

Grades K-12

Teaching majors are also available in the following K-12 areas: art, instrumental music or vocal music, or world languages (French, German or Spanish), or Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Core Required Courses (37-40 credits)

109, 111, 203, 213*, 305, 310, 352, 359, 390, COMM 200 and a 16 credit student teaching experience. Additional minor courses are required according to major/content area of licensure sought. Students should reference the CSB/SJU Education Department website for information on the major/content course requirements above and beyond the Secondary Education minor requirements listed by program.

*Students pursuing an Elementary Education major and Teaching English as a Second Language are required to take EDUC 212 instead of 213.

Teaching English as a Second Language (grades K-12)*

The following are the additional required courses for this program: EDUC 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, ENGL 387 and a 4 credit sociocultural/intercultural course.

*This is a minor and pairs with the Secondary Education Minor. A separate major is required for this program.

Teaching English as an International Language (grades K-12)*

The following are the additional required courses for this program: EDUC 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, ENGL 387, and one sociocultural/intercultural course.

*This minor does not seek licensure. A major is required for this program. Students that wish to pursue Minnesota teaching license should pursue a minor in Teaching English as a Second Language.

Instrumental and/or Vocal Music (grades K-12)

The following are the additional required courses for this program: EDUC 321, 322

Visual Arts (grades K-12)

The following are the additional required courses for this program: EDUC 315, 340 

World Languages and Cultures: Spanish, French, German (grades K-12)

The following are the additional required courses for this program: EDUC 341, Oral Proficiency Interview

Grades 5-12

Students who minor in secondary education for grades 5-12 take a teaching major in one of the following areas: English-language arts, mathematics, science, social science or theology. All secondary education students should see the Education Department Advisor or Chair during their first year for planning purposes.

English (grades 5-12)

The following are the additional required courses for this program: EDUC 216, 355, 358

Mathematics (grades 5-12)

The following are the additional required courses for this program: EDUC 355, 358

Natural Science (grades 5-12)

The following are the additional required courses for this program: EDUC 278, 355, 358

Social Science (grades 5-12)

The following are the additional required courses for this program: EDUC 355, 358

Theology (grades 5-12)

The following are the additional required courses for this program: EDUC 355

Biology, Physics or Chemistry (grades 9-12)

The following are the additional required courses for this program: EDUC 355

Grades 9-12

A 9-12 license is available in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics provided a major in a subject area is attained. The Education course requirements are the same as those listed for the 5-12 license, excluding EDUC 358. Students interested in the 9-12 license should seek information from the Education Department chair to make sure all requirements are understood. 

Courses (EDUC)