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

            Small Campus. Big Degree.

            Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.

            Learning and Doing

            At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

            Caring Faculty and Staff

            Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

            A Technology-Rich Environment

            At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.

            Internships, Job Placement and Grad School

            More than 87% of U of M Crookston 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.

            Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.

            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.

            One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options

            Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.

            Leadership, Clubs and Athletics

            Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…

            In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.

            A Diverse, Global Experience

            The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

            Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.

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