Office of Teacher Education

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.

Director: Stacy Ernst, PhD

Project Specialist: Krista Overby

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Clinical placements and 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.

Clinical placements

  • Kathy Byrn (Clinical Partnerships Coordinator, Elementary & Early Childhood) supports clinical partnerships and co-teaching placements for elementary education and early childhood education.
  • Amy Jo Lundell (Clinical Partnerships Coordinator, Secondary and K-12) finalizes and tracks clinical/co-teaching placements across the university. Answers questions about clinical placements in partner districts, surveys cooperating teachers and coordinates payment of stipends. Manages the co-teaching professional development for cooperating teachers in partner districts.

District/school site partnerships

  • Kelly Meyer (School Partner Network Coordinator) coordinates innovative partnership development projects across partner districts and school sites. Leads the professional development planning and coordinates preparation for clinical supervisors working with network schools.

Licensure support

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.

  • Shuji Asai (Licensing Officer and Common Content Coordinator) reviews the final applications for licensure and signs off when all is complete. He also works to assure our core course work is in order and scheduled thoughtfully for all candidates.
  • Chelen Gore (Initial Licensure Advisor and Data Manager) provides student licensing advising support, tracks and maintains student records to support ongoing analysis and enrollment reports. Evaluates licensure applications and verifies that all state and college requirements have been met before processing and clearing for licensure recommendation.
  • Pamela Matti (Additional and Specialty Licenses Advisor) is our additional, specialty, and alternative licensure expert. She advises students, reviews transcripts, reviews petitions, and processes applications from start to finish for those who want to add one of these licenses to their portfolio.

Program review & accountability

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.

  • Jo Matson (Assistant Director for Accountability and Assessment) supports initial, additional, alternative and non-conventional teacher licensure programs across the college with work related to accountability, data sharing, continuous improvement, and program approval processes. Her focus is primarily on ensuring that the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) maintains national accreditation (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and Minnesota Board of Teaching standards (MNBOT) and unit and program rules.