Education Department Newsletter, September 8, 2017

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New  Spring 2018 Student Teaching Announcement:  Teacher candidates in general education (every content area other than special education) who will be ready to student teach in Spring 2018 are required to attend a mandatory Information Session to learn about the application process. “Ready to student teach” means you are done with all of your licensure coursework before the term in which you student teach. In order to learn more, attend one of these sessions:

  • Monday September 18, 6:00-8:00pm in the Marshall Room of Christensen Center
  • Saturday September 23, 10:00am-12:00pm in the Marshall Room of Christensen Center

If you have a class or work conflict, contact Barbara West <> immediately to make other arrangements.  Understand that learning the application process after September 23 will put you behind in the endeavor to secure a student teaching placement.

New  Attention Augsburg Teacher Education Students: All undergraduate level courses taken to fulfill requirements for a teaching license must be taken at the traditional grading system (A, B, C…), and students must earn a C or better. A grade of C- is not sufficient for the teaching license. Starting fall 2017. A “P” can be earned with a C-, thus the P/N option is not allowed for the teaching license. Teacher licensure candidates with questions about this policy should speak with Peg Finders, Chair, Department of Education <>.

New  Special Education Candidates and ABS Licensed Teachers: Legislation impacting academic and behavioral strategist licensure (ABS) has changed.  ABS continuing licenses may be issued and renewed without requiring the candidate to hold or be recommended for licensure in any other field. 

This means that those holding an ABS license will not be required to seek additional anchors to maintain their teaching licenses.

New  Teacher Candidate Grant Funding Available for Qualified Students: The Office of Higher Education is excited to announce the application for the Teacher Candidate Grant is now available. The Minnesota Teacher Candidate Grant provides postsecondary financial assistance to eligible students enrolled in Minnesota teacher preparation programs during one term in which the student is completing a required 12-week or more student teaching experience. On a funds-available basis, selected undergraduate and graduate students may receive awards of up to $7,500. Applicants must intend to work in an identified shortage area and/or belong to a racial or ethnic group underrepresented in the Minnesota teacher workforce to be eligible. Go to: <> for more information.

New  Jobs at Avalon Charter School: Avalon Charter School is hiring Special Education Assistants for the upcoming year. More information is available at: <>.

New  Jobs in St. Paul Working With Extended Day Learning Program: Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) will be hosting an Extended Day for Learning (EDL) job fair on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 from 3-5pm and Friday, September 15th, 2017 from 9:30-10:30am or 12-1pm. More information is available at: <>.

New  Jobs in Fridley: The City of Fridley Recreation Department is looking instructors for their Fall Youth Programs. There are a variety of positions available in the After-School (3:30-5:30 p.m.), Evening and Weekend hours instructing classes (sports, crafts, games, etc.) for pre-school, elementary and middle school age children. Staff are scheduled monthly, working anywhere from 1 to 5 days each week, $10-13 per hour depending on experience. To apply online go to: <>. For further information contact the Fridley Recreation Dept. at (763) 572-3570 or e-mail <>.

Submitting news to Augsburg:

  • To the Education Department News: Send your news to Joseph Erickson at C.B. 312 or
  • To the Augsburg Now published by the Augsburg College Office of Public Relations and Communication: Send your news to C.B. 145 or
  • To the daily A-Mail electronic newsletter: Go to AugNet Home Page and login. Then click on “Submit News and Announcements” link.

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