Deb Pitton


Professor and Chair in Education

Teaching has been a part of my life since I wrestled with kids during swimming lessons back in the '70's. I have taught English, speech and theater to high school and middle school students in Iowa, Texas and Illinois. I have also served on my local school board and worked as an assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in a local school district. My interest in supporting K-12 learners lead to my Ph.D studies in curriculum and instruction. I currently teach the student teaching seminar (EDU 399) at Gustavus as well as supervise student teachers and I serve as the Education Department Chair.  I have authored numerous articles as well as three books: "Stories of Student Teachers" (Pearson, 1998),  "Mentoring Novice Teachers" (Corwin, 2007) and most recently, "Developing pre-service problem solving skills through case studies (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010). I have been on the state board for Minnesota ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) for over ten years, including terms as affiliate president and as state representative to the national leadership council. I enjoy facilitating J-term travel courses including "Education, health care and poverty in Peru: A service learning experience" which I taught in January of 2010 and 2012. I am a member of Board of Directors of Minnesota ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development) and have served as president, secretary and treasurer over the 15+ years I have been involved with this organization. I also consult with school districts on mentoring issues. My husband Jon and I have three adult children and enjoy traveling.


B.A. Loras College, Dubuque. Iowa; M.Ed. Northeastern Illinois Univ., Chicago, IL; Ph.D. North Texas State University, Denton, TX

Courses Taught


EDU-368 (Secondary Practicum), EDU-392 (K-6 Elementary Directed Teaching), EDU-394 (Secondary Directed Teaching), EDU-395 (K-12 Directed Teaching), and EDU-399 (Seminar in Curriculum)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
EDU-340Middle School192009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
EDU-368Secondary Practicum182015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, 2000/FA, 2000/SP, 1999/FA, and 1999/SP
EDU-351Methods and Materials of Secondary Education132009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
EDU-399Seminar in Curriculum102015/SP, 2014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, and 2010/FA
EDU-368Secondary Practicum Lab72009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, and 2005/SP
EDU-504Teacher Dialogues42002/SU, 2001/SU, 2000/SU, and 1999/SU
EDU-267Peru: Service Learning32014/JN, 2012/JN, and 2010/JN
EDU-269Costa Rica School Fam32008/JN, 2005/JN, and 2002/JN
EDU-394Secondary Directed Teaching22015/SP and 2014/FA
EDU-392K-6 Elementary Directed Teaching22015/SP and 2014/FA
EDU-395K-12 Directed Teaching22015/SP and 2014/FA
FTS-100First Term Seminar22012/FA and 2008/FA
EDU-363Theatre/Dance Methods22006/SP and 2002/SP
ENG-397Methods and Materials of Secondary Education22004/JN and 2000/SP
EDU-358Biology Methods22002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-359Math Methods22002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-361Physics Methods22002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-354Art Methods22002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-362Social Studies Methods22002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-356Earth Science Methods22002/SP and 2001/FA
EDU-350Reading in the Content Areas22001/SP and 2000/FA
EDU-396Middle Level Dir Tchng12015/JN
EDU-268Orientation to Teaching12011/JN
EDU-513Literary Circles12004/SU
EDU-355Chemistry Teaching Methods12002/SP
EDU-353Communication Arts/Literature Methods12002/SP

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.