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About the Education Department

Teachers for the Next Generation

Teachers do more than lead a classroom; their knowledge, dedication, and enthusiasm are what shape a generation of future leaders. At Gustavus, you will be prepared to become a 21st-century educator who is student centered, inclusive, and eager to spark change by contributing to the community. This includes understanding the complexities of working in diverse communities and addressing issues of injustice in education systems.

You will leave fully equipped to lead your own class and meet the crucial need for qualified teachers across the country. It's why 100% of our graduates who pursue teaching are hired by schools in Minnesota and across the nation within a year of graduating. A Gustavus Education degree also will open doors beyond the K-12 classroom by providing opportunities for service, pursuing graduate degrees, and working abroad.

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Inspiring Minds on Campus and Beyond

When you enroll as an Education student at Gustavus Adolphus, you're joining one of Minnesota's most distinguished teacher education programs. Our department provides a wide range of teaching licensure options that will inspire you to evolve as a teacher and educational leader. Located in beautiful Saint Peter, MN, the Gustavus Adolphus campus gives you the best of both worlds. It's a fun and safe place to focus on your Education studies with proximity to big-city cultural events and excitement. You're just minutes away from Mankato and less than an hour from the Twin Cities — places you may go for student teaching, too. On campus and around the world, you'll enjoy rewarding classroom experiences, whether you're facing one of your own instructors or an eager class of students.

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Discover your path:
Majors, Minors, and Related Education Programs

At Gustavus, you'll start building experiences in K-12 classrooms from the very first year of your degree program. You'll discover your passion and unique strengths as a teacher through observation, training, and practice opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Our robust K-12 programs prepare you for licensure in Minnesota, but cultivating creative, critical, and culturally responsive teachers requires more than just a teaching license. The individualized, interdisciplinary, and community-based experience of a liberal arts education will enhance and strengthen your credentials and your ability to lead peers and students alike. Gustavus Education graduates nurture a life-long curiosity about considering new perspectives and acquiring new skills.

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Opportunities in Education

Learn to Teach In and Out of the Classroom

For students and student teachers alike, education goes beyond classroom walls, and it doesn't stop when the bell rings. Many of our aspiring teachers engage in student organizations and conferences that build their knowledge and expand their perspectives. They put that knowledge into practice in Anderson Hall's model classroom, equipped with all the supplies and technology necessary for teaching the next generation.

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  • Student Teaching — The culminating experience is an immersive and comprehensive classroom semester
  • Classroom Experience — Gain classroom experience off-campus throughout your entire journey toward becoming a teacher
  • Student Organizations — Get involved and build stronger friendships with Education majors
  • Learning Spaces in Anderson Hall — Updated classrooms and community spaces designed and equipped to enhance the learning experience of Education majors


The Education Department at Gustavus is a community of curious, energetic, and life-long learners. Get to know our faculty and students who are making a difference in and out of the classroom.

Meet our Faculty

Sydney Hagen ’25

Sydney Hagen ’25

Math Education Major

“Through both in-class learning and field experiences, I feel that I will be well prepared for my future career as an educator.” Sydney was drawn to Gustavus because of its “welcoming community, beautiful campus, and exceptional education program.” On campus, Sydney is a member of the Gustavus Wind Symphony and involved in both cross country […]

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Keep in Touch with the Education Department

Students in the Education Department are engaged in activities across campus, including student government, athletics, music, dance, and more. The faculty are active in the education field and are experienced teachers. A liberal arts education plus involvement on campus and in the community prepares holistic graduates to lead in the education profession.

Contact Education

Phone: 507-933-7457

Anderson Hall, 206
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082