Conceptual Framework

The St. Olaf College Education Department strives to prepare reflective, anti-racist educators who adjust their plans, instruction, and assessments to continually increase their teaching effectiveness. We employ a culturally responsive-sustaining (CR-S) framework to equip teacher candidates to center historically marginalized voices in the curriculum, practice anti-racist pedagogy, and become advocates for social change. Our teacher candidates learn to affirm their students’ cultural identities, cultivate student-centered learning, and teach critical thinking skills.


Why do our students and alumni become teachers?

Candidates seeking licensure are advised by faculty in the Education Department and by faculty in each respective academic discipline/major. If you are interested in finding out more about obtaining a teaching license or the Education Concentration, come find us in TOH 290!

Note that certain requirements must be met prior to admission into the teacher education program. The St. Olaf Teacher Education program is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).