Admission Requirements & Appeals

Requirements for Admission into Teacher Education Program

  • Apply to the Teacher Education Program (during the semester in which ED295: Foundation of Education 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 (note that BM Music applicants must be admitted to both the BM Music Education program and the Teacher Education program)
  • Meet specified MN Standards of Effective Practice in ED 295
  • Successfully complete ED 295 field experience (20 hours)
  • Obtain a grade of B or better in ED 295 (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 Standards of Effective Practice 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; 60-80 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)

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. An 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].

Candidates Trained in Other States, Transfer Students, Nontraditional Students, or Post- baccalaureate Students

If you are a candidate trained in a state other than Minnesota, are transferring to St. Olaf, or are a nontraditional or post-baccalaureate student and would like information about the Teacher Education Program at St. Olaf College, please contact Nancy Veverka (email:, 507-786-3245 for information about courses and licensure.