St. Olaf College offers the following Education programs:
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 Teacher 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 (NOTE that proof of obtaining the TEFL “certificate” is listed on student transcripts. There is no actual “certificate” generated.)
Teacher Education Licenses
St. Olaf is approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) to recommend its graduates for teaching licensure in Minnesota. 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). If you are interested in teaching, please contact the Education Department to meet with an Education faculty member regarding course plans (call x3245).
All licenses (except for English as a Second License-ESL) require that students hold a major in their teaching content area. St. Olaf offers the following licenses:
Secondary/Middle School Licenses (linked to advising sheets)
- Communication Arts & Literature (English, Communication), grades 5-12
- Mathematics, grades 5-12
- Social Studies (economics, history,geography,political science,psychology,sociology/anthropology). grades 5-12
- Biology (grades 9-12),Chemistry (grades 9-12), and Physics (grades 9-12) MORE INFORMATION ON SCIENCE EDUCATION HERE
- General Science, grades 5-8 (not a stand-alone license; must be combined with a 9-12 science license)
K-12 Licenses (linked to advising sheets)
St. Olaf does not offer an elementary K-6 classroom license. Students may begin to work towards their license while studying at St. Olaf and complete the requirements after graduation at several different institutions. Contact Dr. 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).