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Why St. Kate’s

An education major leading a lesson with a partner teacher in the classroom

As an undergraduate education student, St. Kate’s offers you great opportunities to become comfortable in the classroom long before you undertake student teaching.

Elementary Teaching

Clinical Cluster Site (CCS) model
St. Kate’s has partnered with schools around the Twin Cities to get you into real-world classroom settings early and often. You will work with a partner teacher and students as early as your first semester. During this fieldwork with our clinical cluster site (CCS) partners, you’ll focus on teaching reading and science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the EcoSTARS environmental education program.

A focus on literacy
At St. Kate’s, we make it a priority to prepare you to effectively teach reading. Our faculty boasts several noted literacy researchers and experts, and students get real-world experience by teaching reading skills in fieldwork settings. St. Kate’s has a dedicated literacy lab, which partners with our professional development schools to give our students a deep and rich experience in literacy.

Emphasis on STEM competency
St. Kate’s, through its National Center for STEM Elementary Education, is helping to shape the national conversation about STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — education, and our teacher candidates are benefitting. Among the first in the nation, our STEM certificate course of study and extensive STEM fieldwork in the EcoSTARS program will help you become confident, competent and comfortable teaching STEM subjects to elementary school children.

Building your skills in STEM fields makes you more marketable — having this background is going to get you hired. And when you do, you will be able to inspire a new generation of kids to consider science and STEM careers.

Secondary Teaching

Students pursuing a degree in secondary education have a wealth of resources. They receive top-notch teacher training from the education department and gain deep knowledge of their chosen discipline from St. Kate’s excellent academic departments. Learn more about concentrations for secondary education »

Teaching with technology

Every course in the program models and integrates technology into the classroom, preparing you to enter the ever-evolving teaching profession well versed in high-tech teaching methods.