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Teacher Education

Teacher Education
Minnesota State University Moorhead's education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and meet the standards set by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

MSUM's Education Programs
Elementary Inclusive Education
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure
Special Education
Secondary Teaching in Social Studies, Communication Arts & Literature, Sciences, Mathematics, and Health
K-12 Teaching in TESL, Physical Education, Art, Music, and Spanish

Teacher Education Requirements
To be eligible for graduation in any MSUM teacher education major, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Admission to teacher education (SARTE) and retention in good standing.
  • Completion of an education sequence of courses as established by the chosen program.
  • Successful completion of all field experiences and student teaching.

Students are also strongly encouraged to take the Minnesota content and pedagogy exams before graduation. Testing information can be found at mtle.nesinc.com. Students should also meet regularly with their advisors in order to maintain awareness of basic skills requirements for tiered licensure.

Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education (SARTE)
Formal admittance to Teacher Education (SARTE) is required before enrolling in 300 and 400 level courses with the prefixes ED, EECE, SPED, and STL.

To be admitted to Teacher Education, certain requirements must be met.

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 (Elementary Inclusive and Early Childhood, and Special Education) or GPA of 2.5 (Secondary/K-12 Education) in order to be admitted into Teacher Education. All students must take SPED 225, ED 205, and ED 294, earning at least a grade of C- in each course. There are also dispositions and assessment requirements. For more information, please see the SARTE page.

Retention in Teacher Education
Once a student has been admitted to Teacher Education, there are 3 points at which a student's progress is reviewed.

Retention Point I

Early Childhood Education and Elementary Inclusive Education

At the time of advising, the student and advisor will review GPA, course grades in the major, and dispositions concerns. If a student does not meet SARTE requirements, a SARTE appeal form will need to be completed and reviewed by the Teacher Education Retention Team.

Secondary/K-12

Semester after taking ED 310: During advising, the student and advisor will review GPA, course grades in major, and dispositions concerns. If a student does not meet SARTE requirements, a SARTE appeal form will need to be completed and reviewed by the Teacher Education Retention Team.

Retention Point II

All Majors

Application for Student Teaching: During advising, the student and advisor will review GPA, course grades in the major, dispositions concerns, MTLE scores, and that all courses in the major have been or will be completed before student teaching begins. If a student does not meet SARTE requirements, a SARTE appeal form will need to be completed and reviewed by the Teacher Education Retention Team.

Retention Point III

Completion of Student Teaching: Students must meet all of the requirements for student teaching to be eligible for graduation.

Dismissal from Teacher Education
A student may be dismissed from Teacher Education if remediation of knowledge, skills, and/or dispositions has been unsuccessful. A student may also be dismissed for a violation of The Code of Teacher Ethics as put forth by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The Code of Ethics can be found in the MSUM Student Teaching Handbook and on the Minnesota Board of Teaching website.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culminating experience for all education majors. Required courses in the major must be completed before student teaching. The Field Experiences Website gives a detailed description of the requirements and expectations for student teaching.

The online Student Teaching Application can be found in TK20.

Student Teaching Application Deadlines: For spring, applications are due September 15; for fall, applications are due February 15.

Minnesota Teacher Licensure Requirements

MSUM will recommend you for licensure to the state of Minnesota when you have completed all requirements. Licensure information can be found mn.gov/pelsb.

Minnesota State University Moorhead prepares students for Minnesota teacher licensure. A student interested in licensure from other states (including North Dakota) should contact departments of teacher licensure in those states for specific information, as it is the student’s responsibility to meet individual states’ requirements for licensure.


Secondary/K-12 Licensure

Description
These are the requirements for secondary/K-12 education licensure.

Core Requirements

Secondary Education Licensure Requirements
Students must earn at least a C- or higher in all licensure coursework.

COMM 100 Speech Communication (3)
ED 205 Introduction to Education (3)
ED 294 Educational Psychology (3)
ED 310 Social Foundations of Education (3)
ED 498 The Professional Teacher in the Classroom (3)
ED 448 Reading Study Skills in the Content Areas (3)
ED 461S Student Teaching: Secondary (12) or
ED 460S Student Teaching: Secondary (6) and
EECE 480E Student Teaching: Elementary (6) or
ED 461V Student Teaching: Secondary/K-12 (12)
SPED 413 Teaching in Inclusive Environments (3)
Total: 33 credits

Teacher licensure requirements must be met in order to receive a secondary teaching license in the state of Minnesota. The MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board information can be found HERE.

Information on MSUM Teacher Licensure can be found HERE.