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School of Education

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota School of Education seeks to live its commitment to our institutional Lasallian mission. At the heart of this mission is a commitment to provide high quality teacher preparation to our learners in the context of a personalized caring community. We are dedicated to creating a challenging climate of growth for all learners inclusive of diverse backgrounds and needs. Like the learners our teachers will serve, we seek to enhance the potential and capacities of all learners.

General Department Goals

  • 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 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; and
  • Hold a strong foundation in the disciplines in which one will be teaching.

The School of Education prepares teachers for licensure in the following certification areas: Elementary Education (grades K-6) in which students may also add a grades 5-8 endorsement, and Secondary Education (grades 5-12), and K-12 Music, and K-12 World Languages. All programs meet the licensure requirements of the State of Minnesota. However, due to continuing changes in teacher preparation licensure requirements in the state of Minnesota, students should note that program courses and requirements needed for certification may be subject to change prior to graduation and students have responsibility for checking with the School of Education to adjust course work. In addition, due to varying and changing state licensure requirements throughout the country, the School of Education cannot assure students of licensure in states outside Minnesota. However, students completing the Minnesota licensure requirements can generally be assured that other states will grant initial provisional teaching certificates for one or more years to Minnesota licensees. Students are required to consult an advisor from the School of Education when considering a course of study leading to teaching certification(s). Credits earned prior to matriculation at Saint Mary’s University are accepted after review and approval by the School of Education. Once matriculated, any major course taken at another university must have department chair approval.

The education program is approved as a teacher certification program by the Minnesota Board of Education, Minnesota Department of Education, 1500 Highway 36, West Roseville, MN 55113; telephone: (651) 582-8200, Ext. 8833.

Completion of course work in Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Teacher Education Program does not guarantee teacher licensure. In addition to completing required course work, students must successfully meet all program/content standards, including dispositions as outlined in SMU’s Policy on Dispositions Appropriate to Teachers (see Teacher Education Program Guide), along with passing all state testing and background check requirements to be recommended for licensure.

Formal entrance into the Teacher Education Program is required prior to admission into education courses numbered higher than ED307. This acceptance requires:

  • Evidence of having taken the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE);
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.750 and an average GPA of at least 2.750 in ED301, ED302, ED305 and ED307;
  • Evidence of satisfactory progress on relevant program standards; and
  • A formal application to the School of Education.

Students who major in education must earn a C grade or better in all courses required by the major, including endorsement courses. In order to maintain eligibility to move through the program, candidates are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.750 and demonstrate proficiency on the program standards. Failure to demonstrate continued competent performance on identified program standards, skills, and dispositions or not maintaining the minimum 2.750 cumulative GPA requirement could result in required remediation prior to continued enrollment in program courses, being placed on school of education probation, being denied enrollment to student teaching, or dismissal from the Teacher Education Program. See the Teacher Education Program Guide for additional details on admission procedures, monitoring of student progress, School of Education probation, and appeals procedures.

All students are required to complete a minimum of thirteen weeks of student teaching. Qualified students have the opportunity to student teach abroad or in the Nativity San Miguel network of schools for three to five weeks after ten weeks of successful student teaching, meeting all required standards, are required for continuation in these special placements. All other student teaching experiences must be completed in the Winona vicinity. Students seeking the optional middle level endorsement must complete a four week student teaching experience at the middle school level in the discipline in which they seek licensure.

As early as possible, students should identify which certification area they wish to pursue. Each student must choose to be certified in either Elementary or Secondary Education. For students choosing Elementary Education, course work leads to licensure in grades K-6; Those majors who complete a grades 5-8 endorsement extend their licensure potential to K-8, as the grades 5-8 endorsement leads to a licensure endorsement in grades 5-8. Students choosing Secondary Education have course work which leads to licensure in grades 5-12 in an academic discipline or K-12 in Music or World Languages.

Learning opportunities in the School of Education extend beyond our classrooms through membership in Kappa Delta Pi, a professional honors organization; our student chapter of Education Minnesota; and membership in the student chapter of Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Title II Information
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota reports information on its teacher preparation programs as required by federal law. Said information is included as an appendix in this catalog. Most recent information is also available by contacting the School of Education at 507-457-6622 or writing to the following address: School of Education Program Chair, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, 700 Terrace Heights #23, Winona, MN 55987.

Master of Arts in Instruction
Through the Master of Arts in Instruction program, students can complete a certification program with a master’s degree at Saint Mary’s in five years.

Majors Offered

Elementary Education (grades K-6 with an optional 5-8 endorsement)

Secondary Education (grades 5-12)

For more information contact:

Melissa Luedtke , Ed.D.
Associate Dean of Education
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #23
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(507) 457-6623