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

UMC offers three majors 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 UMC Advantage

            The UMC Advantage

            The UMC Advantage for Teacher Education Students

            Student Teaching, Job Placement and Grad School

            More than 95% of U of M Crookston teacher education graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.

            Student Teaching. They’re a great way to gain real-world experiences, and receive valuable experience teaching and working with children/students in classroom settings of diverse school districts and early childhood education programs.

            Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.

            Related Majors, Minors & Programs...

            Interested in a double major or minor to complement your Degree? Check out these other programs at UMC: