Earlier this week, the University of Minnesota Crookston officially received the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) approval to offer English Education. UMN Crookston will be able to admit students that would like to pursue English Education this coming fall 2020. 

The uniqueness of this English Education teacher licensing program is that it incorporates multiculturalism across communication, literature, and composition courses. Rachel McCoppin, Professor of English, provided some examples, “our English Education candidates will obtain skills unique to the humanities, with a strong world literature component that allows students to form and articulate aesthetic judgments on creative works; analyze personal, philosophical, and global issues; and learn about diverse cultural practices.”  Study abroad opportunities will also be available to illuminate the importance of multiculturalism and global perspectives in this modern world."  

Upon receiving their BS in English Education, teacher candidates will be prepared to teach communication, literature, and composition to students in grades 5 – 12. The diversity of courses these future teacher candidates can teach in the schools not only create great career opportunities, but also help solve schools’ shortage of teachers, especially in our rural communities.  

The UMN Crookston Teacher Education Unit believes that a strong integration of multiculturalism into the English Education program will pave a trail in the region that is distinct.  

About UMN Crookston

One of five campuses in the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston cultivates curiosity by engaging students in hands-on learning connecting theory to practice. As the experienced leader in delivering education online, the Crookston campus offers a distinctive learning environment providing personal attention and mentorship to develop leaders, lifelong learners, and engaged citizens. Visit Crookston at umcrookston.edu 

About UMN

The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota. Learn more at system.umn.edu

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