Education Department Programs

St. Olaf College offers the following Education programs:

Education Majors

Education Concentration

The Educational Studies Concentration offers students from all areas of the liberal arts an opportunity to strengthen their program of study with selected courses that focus on some feature of education. Educational Studies provides important foundational work toward achieving a number of post-baccalaureate goals including various vocations and service opportunities; see catalog for requirements). There are three Education Concentration “tracks:”

  • Licensure Track – for those students intending to complete the Education program and obtain a teaching license
  • Non-Licensure Track – for those students who have an interest in Education but are not seeking a teaching license
  • TEFL Certificate – for those students seeking to obtain a Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate

Teacher Education Licenses

St. Olaf is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) to recommend its graduates for teaching licensure in Minnesota, and it is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). To be eligible for a teaching license through St. Olaf, students must meet the requirements of their teaching content area (English, mathematics, music, social studies, etc.), complete all B.A. or B.M. requirements (including a graduation major), and complete all required education courses and experiences (see catalog for more information). St. Olaf offers the following licenses:

  • Secondary/Middle School Licenses

    • Communication Arts and Literature (English, communications), grades 5-12
    • Mathematics, grades 5-12
    • Social Studies (economics, history, geography, political science, psychology, sociology/anthropology), grades 5-12
    • Biology, Chemistry and Physics, grades 9-12
    • General Science, grades 5-8
  • K-12 Licenses

    • English as a Second Language (ESL)
    • Music (Vocal/Instrumental)
    • Theatre
    • Visual Art
    • World Languages (French, German, Latin, Spanish)
    • Dance (Note: as of Fall 2014, we can no longer offer a dance license)

St. Olaf does not offer its own elementary K-6 classroom licensure. Students may begin to work towards their license while studying at St. Olaf and complete the requirements after graduation at several different institutions. Contact Robert McClure in the Education Department for further information.

Coaching is no longer certified by the state, but there are several recommended coaching courses (see education or exercise science faculty).