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Education at Aquinas College
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    Education

Why Study Education?

The Aquinas College School of Education strives to prepare teachers who are equipped to make a difference in the world. By incorporating hands-on-learning, modeling effective teaching methods, and providing extensive clinical practice opportunities in the field, we ensure that our education students acquire the skills they need to become effective educators.

Our field supervisors and clinical coaches provide feedback and support not just during undergraduate field placements, but also into graduates’ first year of teaching. At AQ, we view teaching as a vocational profession that requires reflective practice and lifelong learning.

Upcoming Events
2021 January - Panel Webinar Event (TBD)

Past Events:
2020 Panel Webinar Recording “Addressing Bias and Systemic Racism as K12 Educators
2019 Trevor Muir, Epic Project Based Learning
2016 Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Anti-Racism Workshop & Keynote
2016 Dr. Jamila Lyiscott, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy

Preparing Racially-diverse Educators Program (PREP)

Have a passion for teaching, coaching and learning? Love helping young minds develop? We need YOU to ensure all children have an equal opportunity to succeed! There is a critical shortage of early childhood teachers of color, and great demand in our community for educators who more accurately reflect their student population. 

PREP is an innovative pathway for college graduates (associate or bachelors) and those interested in a career change to earn their early childhood education credentials. 

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Montessori Teacher Certification

Individuals completing Montessori teacher certification through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies are eligible to apply program course work toward a graduate degree program at Aquinas College. Candidates must apply within 6 months of completing their CGMS certification program and can apply for up to 18 graduate credits (Cost = $150 per credit hour plus a $100 processing fee). More information about the Aquinas College Master in the Art of Teaching graduate program can be found at on the Education at Aquinas College webpage.


The School of Education at Aquinas College is 1 of 147 providers in the U.S. meeting new, rigorous CAEP national accreditation standards to better prepare tomorrow’s teachers.
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  • 92%
    AQ Education grads rated "Effective" or "Highly Effective"
  • 80%
    First Attempt Pass Rate on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification
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92% of AQ education graduates were rated "Effective" or "Highly Effective" by their employers.

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Clinical experiences are embedded in our introductory course to ensure appropriate candidate career fit.

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Instructors include full-time professors as well as teachers and administrators who are experts in the field.

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Grant funds are available to support English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher training.

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We are home to the Michigan Department of Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing program.

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Our program emphasizes culturally responsive preparation and embraces an asset-based approach to education.

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Highly qualified PK-12 educators bring real-world experience to specialized courses as adjunct instructors.

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Tuition-free early childhood educator training funded by Preparing Racially-diverse Educators Program (PREP) is available.

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Our Reading Clinic library provides education students with easy access to children/youth books and materials.

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We are approved to offer over 20 different Michigan teacher endorsement options.

  • The only program in the country offering internationally-recognized Conductive Education teacher training.
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  • Accelerated M.Ed. program leading to initial teacher certification in less than 18 months.
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  • Future Catholic school teachers can complete catechist certification concurrent with their PK-12 certification.
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