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 Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

Admission to Teacher Education Seminar

This online seminar is intended to provide candidates for admission to the teacher education programs at Minot State University with an overview of teacher education as well as specific information regarding the admission process and requirements. If you have any questions at all about teacher education at Minot State University, the admission process, practicum placements, or student teaching, please contact the Office of Teacher Advisement and Field Placement at 858-3838 or come in and visit us in Swain 218.

Program Overview
Teacher education programs at Minot State University include early childhood, elementary, secondary, and K-12 education majors. All students in these programs are referred to as "candidates" throughout the program in order to differentiate them from students in classrooms with whom they will work. All candidates in teacher education complete the general education program at Minot State University (MSU) and the same core courses in the professional sequence. The Teacher Education Advisory Council (TEAC), in collaboration with the Program and Policies Committee, establishes all policies and procedures within the Teacher Education Unit.

Teacher education programs at MSU also all share a common philosophy and common goals. The Teacher Education Unit (TEU) has adopted the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards for essential knowledge, performances, and critical dispositions as the goals of the education program at MSU. Teacher as reflective decision-maker is the organizing theme which best integrates the program's mission, philosophy, belief statements and goals. To implement this theme, a conceptual model has been developed which both names and guides the programs: ARK: Action, Reflection, and Knowledge. The ARK conceptual model is an appropriate guide for both faculty and students in the teacher education programs at Minot State University. Candidates will become well acquainted with the TEU's program philosophy, goals, organizing theme, and conceptual model throughout the program because together these form the basis for self-evaluation by candidates and assessment by faculty of candidate performance.

Admission Process Admission to Teacher Education is required for enrollment in several courses in the professional core sequence. Your major may also require admission to teacher education prior to enrollment in some major specific courses. You can apply for admission at any point once you have completed the general education English sequence (Engl 110, Engl 120, and Comm 110). For most teacher education candidates, this means that application for admission to teacher education should be made in the fall of the sophomore year. Timely application is encouraged in order to prevent scheduling issues.

In order to begin the process of applying for admission, you will need to either pick up the application form in Swain 218 in the Office of Teacher Advisement and Field Placement (TAFP) or access the application form [pdf]. This form must be submitted along with all required information and materials to your advisor for review and signature, then to your departmental chair for review and signature, and finally to the Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences in Memorial Hall 220 for review at a scheduled meeting of the Teacher Education Advisory Council (TEAC). Meeting dates for TEAC are published for every semester and can be obtained by visiting the TAFP office in Swain 218 or by accessing them online.

Requirements for Admission

Retention and Probation

Effect of Probationary Status

Procedure for Readmittance to Teacher Education

Distance Placements for Student Teaching
Candidates who may desire to student teach outside of the local area should begin thinking about plans for student teaching as soon as they are admitted to the program. Out-of-area placements (within North Dakota but further than 122 miles from Minot) require some advance planning as not all schools in North Dakota offer a sufficient number of hours per day in some secondary and K-12 subjects, while other schools have processes that differ from the ones used by MSU to place student teachers. Candidates should discuss their situation in relation to out-of-area student teaching with the Director of the Teacher Advisement and Field Placement office as soon as they are aware that they may desire an out-of-area placement. Out-of-state placements can be even more difficult to obtain, and candidates who think they may wish to student teach out-of-state should consult with the Director of the Teacher Advisement and Field Placement office as soon as they are aware that they may desire an out-of-state placement. All relevant policies and procedures for out-of-state and out-of-area placements can be found in the "Out-of-Area and Out-of-State Student Teaching Agreement."

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