Visitors Please Note: Carleton College is a four-year, residential college. Licensure through Carleton is available only to regularly enrolled students.
Adviser: Professor Deborah Appleman
Carleton College, in partnership with St. Olaf College, offers Minnesota teaching licensure preparation for grades 5-12 in communication arts, mathematics, life science, and social studies. Grades 9-12 preparation is available in physics and chemistry. K-12 preparation is available in French, German, Spanish, and visual art.
Field experience helps to engage students in the critical analysis of educational discourse and to prompt them to imagine alternative approaches to educational studies. To that end, Carleton licensure candidates serve apprenticeships in local public schools at several points during their preparation program, whenever possible mentored by master teachers who are “reflective practitioners.” The Teacher Education Committee oversees the licensure program at Carleton College.
The joint Carleton and St. Olaf teacher preparation program is accredited by the Minnesota Department of Education and complies with the state Licensure Rules for training teachers of K-12 school children to meet Minnesota Academic Standards using the Standards of Effective Practice. Minnesota requirements compare favorably with others throughout the nation, so holders of a current Minnesota teaching license are able to use it as the basis for obtaining licensure in most other states.
The Carleton licensure program has been in full compliance with federal Title II regulations for disclosure of state-mandated MTLE examination pass rates. For 2016-2017, the most recent year for which data are available, the Carleton licensure candidate pass rates were 100% for all areas. See page 27 on this detailed Title II certified disclosure statement.
Following the 2018-19 academic year, please refer to the Education Department website at St. Olaf College for current information on MTLE pass rates.
Requirements for Licensure
- Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Access licensure forms here. You may also get these forms from the Educational Studies Department in the licensure information packet.
- Completion of a major in art, English, mathematics, French, German, Spanish, biology, physics, chemistry, or the social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or an interdisciplinary program such as American studies or Latin American studies so long as one-third of the total baccalaureate work falls within the realm of the social sciences). Major requirements in individual disciplines may be found in the department listings. Please note that for the purposes of teaching licensure, some courses may be required in addition to those required for the regular Carleton major.
- 42 credits in designated educational studies courses
- Satisfactory scores on tests required by the State of Minnesota
- Satisfactory completion of student teaching
- Submission of the state mandated edTPA portfolio
- License application to the State of Minnesota
- Satisfactory completion of the Standards of Effective Practice for Teachers as mandated by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (formerly the Board of Teaching).
Program for Licensure
A student entering Carleton who plans to become licensed as a teacher is advised to carry out the following program
Two of the following four:
- EDUC 110: Introduction to Educational Studies, or
EDUC 250:Fixing Schools
- EDUC 338: Multicultural Education, or
EDUC 353: Schooling and Opportunity
All of the following:
- EDUC 234: Educational Psychology
- EDUC 291: Schooling and Community Independent Study
- EDUC 374: Teaching Reading in the Content Area (taken at St. Olaf)
- EDUC 375: Teaching Exceptional Students (taken at St. Olaf)
- EDUC nnn: Methods of Teaching (in major area) (taken at St. Olaf)
- EDUC nnn: Student Teaching (13th term; taken fall after graduation)
Discuss your teaching interests with at least one member of the Educational Studies Department as soon as you begin considering teaching licensure. Completing licensure requirements, as well as other Carleton requirements, requires careful advance planning; therefore, the earlier a potential candidate seeks information, the easier it is to develop a good program.
Places are reserved in Introduction to Educational Studies (EDUC110) each year for first year students. EDUC110 is not required for licensure, but it can help you clarify your commitment to teaching. Required courses technically open to first year students are 234 and 338. However, under Carleton’s seniority registration system it is very difficult for first year students to enroll in these courses.
We strongly recommend that you take 250 or 353. You may also take 338 or 234, although most students take these courses as juniors.
You should apply (forms available on campus only) to the teacher licensure program during your junior year. Once you are admitted to the program, you will be assigned an educational studies advisor who, in cooperation with your major advisor, will help you with program planning, completion of requirements for both graduation and teacher licensure, and student teaching placement.
As a junior you should take two of the following three courses, 240, 338, or 353. You should also enroll in Educational Psychology 234, since you need to take 234 before taking 375, which may be taken in the junior or senior year.
The special methods course given in your respective teaching area is taken during spring semester of your senior year at St. Olaf. Schooling and Community Independent Study (291) is also taken spring term, which integrates community service into your student teaching placement site.
Teaching Reading in the Content Area and Teaching Exceptional can be taken either fall or spring semester of senior year. Because St. Olaf is on a semester system, senior year requires careful planning. You should also register to take the state-required Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations.
Student Teaching takes place the fall term after students graduate. Doing so affords the normal amount of time for completing major and distribution requirements, allows students more time to both explore the liberal arts and carefully consider their commitment to teaching, and prevents them from being encumbered by other campus commitments during their student teaching.
The student will be charged only a nominal administration fee in lieu of tuition. Student teaching in the fall/thirteenth term permits student teachers to take advantage of the Student Teaching seminar experience.