The Department of Education maintains liberal arts-based teacher education programs that are accredited by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). These programs lead to recommendation for licensure to the State of Minnesota for:
- Elementary (grades K-6);
- Secondary—grades 5-12 in communication arts/literature, health, mathematics, and social studies; grades 9-12 in life science, chemistry, and physics;
- K-12 licenses in visual arts, physical education, music, English as a Second Language (ESL) and the NEW special education: Academic Behavioral Strategist (ABS) license. (Note the ESL and ABS programs are available in weekday evening program only*)
- General Science (5-8) initial license
- Optional endorsements for a K-6 elementary license include preprimary (ages 3-5), mathematics (grades 5-8), general science (grades 5-8), social studies (grades 5-8), or communication arts/literature (grades 5-8).
Degree and/or licensure programs are available in both the Day and AU (weekday evening*) programs. Augsburg Undergraduate (AU) degree and licensure programs are limited to elementary, secondary communication arts/literature and social studies, and K-12 visual arts, ESL and ABS. Additional licensure programs are available through the Day program and open to AU students who can take courses on a weekday schedule. All prerequisite courses, elementary core courses, and professional education courses are available on a weekday evening schedule*. P-12 field service requirements associated with courses and student teaching must be completed during regular P-12 school hours. All students must have some time available each term for field service in P-12 educational settings.
Graduate Master of Arts in Education
A graduate level licensure option is available in the AU* program to those already holding a BA/BS degree. Graduate courses taken for licensure can be applied to a Master of Arts degree in Education (MAE).
Students who have completed a BA/BS degree may complete a licensure only program within the day or AU* undergraduate program. Contact the Education Department or the Office of Admissions for information.
Students in all degree and/or licensure programs must apply for acceptance into the Education Department prior to beginning most 300-400 level courses. (EDC 310 may be taken prior to admission). All students are required to take the Minnesota Teacher License Exam (MTLE) in basic skills—reading, writing, and mathematics—prior to admission to the department and must pass the MTLE basics skills tests before student teaching. Additional criteria for acceptance into the Education Department are available through the department website. Students complete a semester of full-time student teaching at the conclusion of their degree and/or licensure. State law requires passing appropriate exams (MTLE, pedagogy, and content exams) prior to recommendation for licensure. Students who entered Augsburg College under earlier catalogs must comply with the requirements of the new licensure programs.
The Education Department offers non-licensure majors in Elementary Education and Education Studies. Contact the department for details. The department also offers a Special Education minor which is described at the end of this section.
Students are assigned an Education Department program advisor upon request or at the outset of EDC coursework. All students are expected to become knowledgeable about programs and follow through with department policies. Handbooks outlining programs and policies are available through the Education Department and website.
Student Teaching Abroad
Selected Education Department students may participate in an international student teaching program. Those interested in further information should contact the Education Department at least one year prior to student teaching. Students who teach abroad will do part of their student teaching in the Twin Cities area under direct Augsburg faculty supervision.