Education

Department Chair:  Allison Spenader

Faculty:  Kimberly Adams, Catherine Bohn-Gettler, Jeanne Cofell, Shannon Essler-Petty, Luke Feierabend, Diana Fenton, Kristi Hendricks, Madeleine Israelson, Theresa Johnson, Alicia Peters, Terri Rodriguez, Lynn Schnettler, Matthew Siers, Allison Spenader, Gretchen Starks-Martin, Mary Tacker, Lauren Thoma Ergen, Susan Vollbrecht, Kari Weber.

The CSB/SJU Education Department recognizes that 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 K-6 elementary education with an optional grades 5-8 endorsement in Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, General Science, or K-8 World Language and Culture (French, German, or Spanish). In addition, we offer licensure programs in grades 5-12 Communication Arts/Literature, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Studies; grades 9-12 Life Science, Chemistry, and Physics; grades 5-8 General Science; and grades K-12 Visual Arts, Vocal or Instrumental Music, World Languages (French, German, Spanish); and Teaching English as a Second Language. These programs are approved by the Minnesota Professional Standards and Licensing Board. Non-licensure programs in grades 5-12 Theology and 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. Each program is unique and subject to change according to the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board guidelines.  Please refer to the Education Department website for the most current information.

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. Descriptions of all admission requirements and the application process are specified on the Education Department's website at https://www.csbsju.edu/education/apply-to-the-program

Additional Education Department Requirements

Due the professional nature of this program, students must:

Maintain a cumulative, content area, department and endorsement GPA of 2.50 or above. In addition, a grade of C or above is required in content area, minor, and endorsement courses.

Pass required licensure examinations

Successfully complete edTPA during student teaching

Complete a 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.

Purchase liability insurance through Education Minnesota on an annual basis.

Students should reference the Education Department website for additional information about requirements.

Note: Students may be required to take a ninth semester to fulfill licensure requirements depending on their experiences and the licensure areas they would like to complete.

Acceptance to Major Requirements

Application to the Education Department occurs during the semester students are enrolled in EDUC 310

Course Requirements:  EDUC 111
Minimum GPA:  2.50 or above in Licensure Content Area & Education Department coursework
Minimum Cumulative GPA:  2.50
A complete application package (Detailed Admission Requirements can be viewed on the Education Department's webiste at:  https://www.csbsju.edu/education/apply-to-the-program ).
Other Requirements:  Background check sans felony. 
Note: Students enrolled in EDUC 310 who do not meet the above requirements may still apply but are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the appeal process in advance.

Major in Elementary Education (K-6) (78-80 credits)

EDUC 109, 111, 150, 151, 203, 212, 215, 305, 310, 313, 315, 318, 323, 325, 333, 334, 347, 359, 390, MATH 121 and 180, Natural Science with a lab, and 16-credit student teaching experience.

Optional 5-8 or K-8 Endorsement

Elementary education majors may choose to complete a grades 5-8 endorsement in Communication Arts and Literature, Mathematics, General Science, or a grades K-8 endorsement in World Languages (French, German, or Spanish).

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

Students seeking a Minnesota license to teach grades 5-12 Communication Arts/Literature, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social Studies; grades 9-12 Life Science, Chemistry, and Physics; grades 5-8 General Science; and grades K-12 Visual Arts, Vocal or Instrumental Music, World Languages (French, German, Spanish); and Teaching English as a Second Language complete a minor in secondary education.

Additionally, students interested in teaching secondary-level theology or English as an international language may complete this minor. These programs do not lead to a teaching license.

Students should consult with an Education advisor and reference the CSB/SJU Education Department website for information on specific major/content course requirements. The number of major/content area credits required will vary by program.

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

EDUC 109,111, 203, 213, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 310, 352, 359, 390, ENGL 387, 4 credit sociocultural/intercultural course, and a 16-credit student teaching experience.

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

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

Required major courses and EDUC 109, 111, 203, 213, 305, 310, 321, 322, 352, 359, 390, and a 16-credit student teaching experience.

* This is a minor and pairs with a Music Major with concentration in Music Education.

Visual Arts (grades K-12)

Required major courses and EDUC 109, 111, 203, 213, 305, 310, 315, 340, 352, 359, 390, and a 16 credit student teaching experience. 

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

Required major courses and EDUC 109, 111, 203, 213, 305, 310, 341, 352, 359, 390, an Oral Proficiency Exam, and a 16 credit student teaching experience.

English (grades 5-12)

Required major courses and EDUC 109, 111, 203, 213, 216, 305, 310, 352, 355, 358, 359, 390, and a 16-credit student teaching experience

Mathematics (grades 5-12)

Required major courses and EDUC 109, 111, 203, 213, 305, 310, 352, 355, 358, 359, 390, and a 16-credit student teaching experience

Natural Science (grades 5-12)*

Required major courses and EDUC 109, 111, 203, 213, 278, 305, 310, 352, 355, 358, 359, 390, and a 16-credit student teaching experience

*Student must select a 9-12 Life Science, 9-12 Chemistry, or 9-12 Physics track

Social Science (grades 5-12)

Required major courses and EDUC 109, 111, 203, 213, 305, 309, 310, 352, 355, 358, 359, 390, and a 16-credit student teaching experience

Life Science, Physics or Chemistry (grades 9-12)

Required major courses and EDUC 109, 111, 203, 213, 305, 310, 352, 355, 359, 390, and a 16-credit student teaching experience

General Science (grades 5-8)*

Required content courses and EDUC 109, 111, 203, 213, 278, 305, 310, 352, 358, 359, 390, and a 16-credit student teaching experience

* A separate major is required for this program. We recommend a Natural Science major

Teaching English as an International Language*

EDUC 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, ENGL 387, one sociocultural/intercultural course (24 credits)

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

Theology (grades 5-12)*

Required major courses and EDUC 109, 111, 203, 213, 305, 310, 352, 355, 359, 390, and a 16-credit student teaching experience

*This major/minor combination does not lead to licensure.

Courses (EDUC)