The Office of Teacher Education (OTE) provides operational leadership and support for the initial, additional teacher licensure program area faculty, staff, teacher candidates, and cooperating school professionals. OTE works across the college and university in support of the teaching, research, outreach, and accreditation goals specific to the development of pre-service teacher candidates and school-based professionals in district/school clinical preparation partnerships.
We deepen University-school partnerships to improve preK-12 student learning. Major initiatives include: enhancing clinical placements, co-teaching in student teaching, improving mentoring of teacher candidates, preparing liaisons as teacher leaders, supporting partner school change, coordinating innovative projects, and sustaining a strong partner network.
We support current teacher licensure students throughout their time at the University. Major aspects of our work include: new student orientation, completing the Minnesota state teacher licensing process, and post-graduation job search.
From new curriculum to program redesign, we work with college programs, the Minnesota Board of Teaching, and national accreditors to make sure state and national standards are both met and exceeded. We collect and disseminate unit level data for external review, with a special interest in candidates who do not finish their programs with their designated cohort.