There are different levels of standards and outcomes to which teacher candidates must attend. Teacher candidates must be able to design their lessons to meet K-12 content standards. Additionally, teacher candidates must demonstrate the knowledge and skills outlined in the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice (Standards 1-10). Teacher candidate demonstrate these proficiencies by passing the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE).
St. Olaf College’s Education Department has established Intended Learning Outcomes for the students who complete the education program and receive licensure. These outcomes were generated from the department’s guiding document, the Conceptual Framework.
K-12 Content Standards
- To access the MN K-12 content-area standards, visit the MN Department of Education website (Academic Excellence: Academic Standards).
- New ESL standards: ESL WIDA Standards
Common Core Standards
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs (from www.corestandards.org).” Minnesota will be adopting the English Language Arts standards from the Common Core, but not the Mathematics standards.
Teacher Education Standards
In order to be licensed, St. Olaf College’s teacher candidates must demonstrate mastery of the Minnesota Board of Education standards in content and pedagogy. Using Tk20, teacher candidates will upload key assessments that demonstrate these competencies. Additionally, the spring prior to student teaching, teacher candidates will complete a Candidate Presentation outlining their level of preparation for student teaching based on how well they met Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice (Standards 1-10).
- Standards of Effective Practice content area criteria (Standard 1) are met in teaching methods and major studies classes; content matrices outline the standards that must be met by teacher candidates in each teaching area. The Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes lists all the content standards (Standard 1) for licensing in Minnesota.
- Pedagogy standards (Standards 2-10) are met through education classes, field experiences, and student teaching. Students demonstrate their mastery of the standards through key assessments uploaded to Tk20 and their Candidate Presentation, which occurs the spring prior to student teaching.