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Education at Aquinas College
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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
"Literacy for a New World"
October 9, 2021
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Teachers and education students are invited to engage in learning and dialogue about equitable literacy practices that support all students. SCECHs available.

Past Events:
2021 September "Analyzing Propaganda and Teaching Media Literacy" in partnership with the Detroit Holocaust Memorial Center
2021 February "Being an Antiracist Educator"

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

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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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Catholic School Educators

At Aquinas College you not only receive high-quality teacher preparation, but you have the opportunity to simultaneously earn your Catechist certification. Required by most Catholic schools, this certification increases your marketability and lessens the stress on your first year of teaching. Requirements vary by diocese, so consult your diocese for details and expectations.

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 $50 processing fee). The application form can be found on the Forms page of the Education program 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
  • 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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