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Teacher Education Unit


Teacher Education Unit Conceptual FrameworkThe mission of Teacher Education at the UMC is to develop beginning teachers as engaged learners who know how to create motivating environments, work with diverse students, adapt curriculum and practices, model ethical practices, and make reflective decisions that support and extend the learning of children/students in any setting.


Our vision of offering exemplary teacher education programs depends on reflective practice that currently integrates the following features: 

  • Coherence in learning experiences
  • Strong core curriculum
  • Explicit standards for performance and professional practice
  • Extensive use of performance assessments
  • Continuous improvement 

The UMN Crookston Teacher Education Unit is accredited by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).  The PELSB also oversees the Minnesota teacher certification for teacher candidates who wish to teach in K – 12 public schools in Minnesota.

UMC offers three teacher licensing programs in our Teacher Education Unit:


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Teacher Education Unit Conceptual Framework

Teacher Education Unit Conceptual Framework

Teacher Education Unit Conceptual Framework

The Conceptual Framework for Teacher Education at the University of Minnesota, Crookston includes three (3) essential components:

Pedagogical Paradigm: Learner-Centered

Teacher educators at the University of Minnesota, Crookston keep student learning and meaning-making at the forefront of our curriculum, relationships, and practices. We recognize our responsibility to create environments and experiences that help students discover and construct knowledge for themselves.

Conceptual Framework: Themes

Our Unifying Themes guide our curriculum and integrate our institutional student learning competencies and core values, Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) standards, academic knowledge bases, dispositions, field experiences, student teaching, and assessments of student learning.

  • Focus on the Nature of Learners
    The developmental characteristics of the learner, temperament, learning styles, motivations, knowledge, skills, attitudes, experiences, and cultural context are central to facilitating learning.
  • Create a Motivating Environment
    Creating motivating and challenging environments, developing responsive relationships, encouraging students’ active engagement in learning, and using inquiry learning strategies to increase students’ motivation to learn are at the heart of productive and positive teaching and learning environments.
  • Demonstrate Content Expertise
    Academic subject matter standards inform what teacher education candidates need to know, understand, and be able to do. Teachers need to connect ideas to one another and apply them to real-world problems.
  • Build Partnerships
    Building communities of learning, both in the classroom and beyond the classroom, are critical to maintaining professional partnerships and collaborations. Continual interaction and shared responsibility between and among members of our learning communities is essential in the preparation of highly qualified beginning teachers.
  • Reflect as a Practitioner
    Developing reflection skills is a complex process which requires continuous analysis of ones’ teaching and the effect on the individual. Reflective practitioners demonstrate a sustained commitment to learning, questioning, and discovery

Basic Requirements and Resources

Basic Requirements and Resources

Basic Requirements

1. Teacher Education Admission word-icon

    2. MN Teacher License Examinations (MTLE)

    Directions on how to register for MTLE  PDF File Icon

    What tests do I need to take? PDF File Icon

        • Basic Skills (Reading, Writing, Math) Information (p. 1 – 2)
        • Pedagogy Tests 
          • Agricultural Education (p. 8)
          • Early Childhood Education (p. 8)
          • Elementary Education (p. 8)
        • Content Tests
          • Agricultural Education (p. 9)
          • Early Childhood Education (p. 10)
          • Elementary Education (p. 10)

      3. Code of Ethics for Minnesota Teachers

      4. Program Requirements 2018-2019

        5. Appeals Form PDF File Icon


        Field Experiences & Student Teaching

        Field Experiences & Student Teaching

        1. Liability Insurance PDF File Icon
        2. Practicum Experiences: Disposition Form word-icon
        3. Student Teaching Application word-icon

            • Summer and Fall Semester Student Teaching: due first Friday of February.
            • Spring Semester Student Teaching: due first Friday of October

          4. Student Teaching Handbooks

            5. Student Teaching Evaluations (formative and summative) - available at Student Teaching Canvas site

            6. edTPA Information and Forms - available at Student Teaching Canvas site

            7. Student Teaching Syllabi - available at Student Teaching Canvas site

            8. Code of Ethics

            Teacher Licensure



            The UMN Crookston Teacher Education Unit is accredited by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). To ensure continuous program and unit-level approvals, the Teacher Education Unit is required to complete two reviews with PELSB:

            Program Effectiveness Report for Continuing Approval (PERCA) Review

            PERCA review is required and completed biennial to provide evidence to PELSB and public that licensure programs are compliant to established standards and produce graduates who have mastered the competencies needed to be effective beginning teachers. The UMN Crookston Teacher Education Unit is on an even year review cycle (i.e. June 2016, June 2018, June 2020, June 2022, June 2024, etc.). The PERCA report is submitted by October prior to the June expiration year. This allows the opportunity for two reviews by the Program Review Panel (PRP) if needed (February and April). Submission by December assures the opportunity for one review by the PRP if needed (April).

            PERCA 2020 Review

            Institutional/Unit On-Site Review

            Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) conducts on-site visits every 5 – 7 years to ensure accuracy and completeness of the self-study report and to verify the institutional/unit’s compliance to the standards of Minnesota Rules Part 8705.1000 subpart 2 – 10. The UMN Crookston Teacher Education Unit’s last on-site review was in fall 2018. The Teacher Education Unit received full continuing approval effective until June 30, 2024. The next on-site review will be scheduled for the fall of 2024.

            Institutional/Unit On-Site Review PDF File Icon

            For additional information on enrollments and completion rate, refer to the Title II Reports.

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