Karen and Karlie Brekken in an elementary classroom

Teacher Education Unit

We are on a mission to get you educated, so you can educate others

The mission of Teacher Education at the University of Minnesota Crookston is to develop beginning teachers as engaged learners who know how to create motivating environments, work with diverse students, adapt curriculum and practices, model ethical practices, and make reflective decisions that support and extend the learning of children/students in any setting.

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Ethan Christopherson


Ethan Christopherson

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Admissions Counselor

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Teacher Education Unit Conceptual Framework

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The Conceptual Framework for Teacher Education at the UMN Crookston includes these essential components: Learner Centered and Themed. 


The UMN Crookston Teacher Education Unit is accredited by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). The PELSB also oversees the Minnesota teacher certification for teacher candidates who wish to teach in K – 12 public schools in Minnesota.

Teacher Education Vision

Our vision of offering exemplary teacher education programs depends on reflective practice that currently integrates the following features: 

  • Coherence in learning experiences
  • Strong core curriculum
  • Explicit standards for performance and professional practice
  • Extensive use of performance assessments
  • Continuous improvement


Teacher Licensing Programs

I'm going to teach the world someday

The University of Minnesota Crookston provides programs in teaching and education. It’s real, hands-on and will get you ready for ready for anything.


Teacher Education Unit


  • The UMN Crookston Teacher Education Unit is accredited by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB).

  • We develop beginning teachers as engaged learners that support and extend the learning of children/students in any setting.

  • Strong core curriculum.

  • We help you find field experiences, student teaching placements and guide you to get your Minnesota teacher licensure.


At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

  • Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson PhD

  • Nathan Purrington

  • Connie Camrud

    Teaching Specialist
  • Mark Huglen PhD

    Accreditation Liaison Officer
  • Elizabeth Gregory

    CIHS Coordinator
  • Shari Daniels

    Shari Daniels

    Assistant Professor
  • James Foss

    Assistant Professor
  • Megan Bell

    Associate Professor
  • Sam Gruenberg

  • Danielle Johannesen

    Associate Professor
  • Rachel McCoppin

  • Karen Miller

    Teaching Specialist
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    Danielle Schantz

    Teaching Specialist