Education Department

The pace of change in today’s world continues to accelerate, making it vitally important that learners are taught by those who have the tools, techniques, and approaches relevant for this environment. 

Saint Mary’s School of Education meets that challenge by modeling the Lasallian mission and training future educators who empower learners, encouraging them to ethical lives of service and leadership. Skilled faculty help guide students to become educators who create a challenging and positive learning environment for all learners—educators who respect the potential, capabilities, and needs of every student.

Preparing Teachers for Licensure

The School of Education prepares teachers for licensure in the following certification areas: elementary educationsecondary education, K-12 music (instrumental and vocal), and K-12 world languages. All programs meet the licensure requirements of the State of Minnesota.

Goals for Our Students

  • Have the ability to perform at a highly qualified level of teaching as defined by the Minnesota State Board of Teaching Standards
  • Display the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to effectively teach and lead a diverse population of students and work with parents, colleagues, administrators, and community members in support of a child’s or young adult’s education
  • Demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of teaching in the spirit of the Lasallian mission
  • Hold a strong foundation in disciplinary knowledge and content

Saint Mary's Education Majors

  • Participate in small classes that stress active learning and focus on individual student needs
  • Complete field experiences with practicing teachers every semester beginning in the sophomore year
  • Receive instruction and mentoring from veteran instructors who have years of experience in teaching and current teachers in the field

Connect With Us

Betty Kube

Education - Administrative Assistant

Saint Mary's Hall, SM133

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6622

bkube@smumn.edu

Betty Kube
Mariann Miller, M.Ed.

Education - Field Placement Coordinator

Griffin Hall, GR212

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-8736

mmiller@smumn.edu

Mariann Miller M.Ed.

Faculty

Jan Dimmitt-Olson, M.Ed.

Education - Assistant Professor

Griffin Hall, GR204

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6600

jdimmitt@smumn.edu

Jan Dimmitt-Olson M.Ed.
Elizabeth Donahue, M.A.

Education - Instructor

Griffin Hall, GR201

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-1476

edonahue@smumn.edu

Elizabeth Donahue M.A.
Melissa Luedtke, Ed.D.

Education - Professor

Griffin Hall, GR203

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6623

mluedtke@smumn.edu

Melissa Luedtke Ed.D.
Christopher Peckover, Ph.D.

Education - Assistant Professor

Griffin Hall, GR208

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6610

cpeckove@smumn.edu

Christopher Peckover Ph.D.
Scott Sorvaag, Ed.D.

Education / LCT - Associate Professor

Griffin Hall, GR214

Campus Box: # 23

(507) 457-6612

ssorvaag@smumn.edu