The University of Minnesota, Morris, Teacher Education Program (UMM TEP) has been an integral part of the college since its inception. The program is part of the lifelong development of an effective teacher and includes the study of liberal arts disciplines, pedagogy, teaching, and other life experiences. The program is based on a belief that a successful teacher is one who reflects on teaching and makes instructional decisions that ensure student learning for all students in all places. True to the undergraduate public liberal arts mission, advanced preparation is not offered but, instead, the focus is on the needs of preservice teachers seeking initial licensure.
Coursework in elementary and secondary education is designed to meet standards of effective practice required for licensure in the state of Minnesota and to provide prospective teachers with opportunities to understand central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of disciplines taught in the elementary and secondary schools; understand child and adolescent development theory, individual and group motivation and diversity among learners; create instructional opportunities adapted to learners of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities; use instructional strategies and technologies that reflect personal knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques; encourage development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills; understand and use formal and informal methods of student assessment; and collaborate with parents/guardians, families, school colleagues, and the community in an ethical manner.