Admission Requirements & Appeals

Requirements for Admission into Teacher Education Program

  • Apply to the Teacher Education Program (during the semester in which ED290: Educational Psychology is taken)
  • Participate in an initial interview with Education and content area faculty members
  • Obtain approval of your Teacher Education Application by both the Education Department and the major/content area department
  • Meet specified MN Board of Teaching standards in ED 290
  • Successfully complete ED 290 field experience
  • Obtain a grade of B or better in ED 290 (effective for all applicants in Fall 2018 and after)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.7 both overall and in the teaching content area (note that only St. Olaf courses will be calculated in GPA for admission and retention in the program) (effective for all applicants in Fall 2014 and after)

Requirements for Continuation in the Teacher Education Program

  • Meet specified MN Board of Teaching standards in all Education courses
  • Maintain grades of B or better in all education courses (effective for all applicants in Fall 2018 and after)
  • Successfully complete field experiences: 20 hours in your content area in each grade band for licensure (i.e. K-12 license — 20 hours at each K-6, 5-8, 9-12 settings)
  • Successfully complete advanced field experience; minimum 80 hours in a multicultural setting (interim)
  • Successfully complete microteaching (ED 330)
  • Work on developing disposition criteria
  • Maintain overall and content area GPAs of 3.0 or higher (effective for all applicants in Fall 2014 and after)
  • In order to student teach, you MUST pass the Minnesota Test for Teacher Licensing (MTLE) Basic Skills tests (or have obtained required ACT/SAT scores — see for more information)

Appeals Process

Students who have formal complaints about aspects of the program or its assessment system may address their concerns in a petition (click on this link for the petition process). When appropriate, faculty members discuss and consider petitions during department meetings, and the petitioner is notified of the consensus decision. Appeals of the consensus decision may be made to the Teacher Education Committee (which is primarily a curriculum and educational policy committee). A final appeals process exists through the Dean of Student’s office where complainants express their concerns to a neutral student/faculty group appointed by the Dean of Students and the Associate Dean of Social Sciences [and the Provost or designee].

According to MN Board of Teaching rule 122A.09, Subd. 4. (c), the board, upon the request of a postsecondary student preparing for teacher licensure or a licensed graduate of a teacher preparation program, shall assist in resolving a dispute between the person and a postsecondary institution providing a teacher preparation program when the dispute involves an institution’s recommendation for licensure affecting the person or the person’s credentials. At the board’s discretion, assistance may include the application of Chapter 14.

Candidates Trained in Other States

If you are a candidate trained in a state other than Minnesota and would like information about the Teacher Education Program at St. Olaf College, please contact Rosie Pfarr-Baker (email:, 507-786-3245 for information about courses and licensure.