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Education at Aquinas College
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Why Study Education at AQ?

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.

We embrace critical conversations about anti-racism, diversity, and equity in education and strive to prepare educators who are competent, compassionate, and committed to serving all students.

Short-term Study Away Trips

Early & Elementary Education in Italy (10 days in May 2023)

Education in Finland and Sweden (8 days in May 2023)

Past Events
2021 October "Literacy for a New World" conference focused on equitable literacy practices that support all students. Keynote speakers: Dr. David E. Kirkland, Dr. Klaudia M. Rivera, and Dr. Lucía Cárdenas Curiel. SCECHs available.

2021 September "Analyzing Propaganda and Teaching Media Literacy" in partnership with the Detroit Holocaust Memorial Center

2021 February "Being an Antiracist Educator" panel webinar (Panel Webinar Recording, Slide Deck)

2020 “Addressing Bias and Systemic Racism as K12 Educators” with Dr. Shirley Johnson, Deacon Shomari Tate, India Manns, Ashanti Bryant, and Dr. Nkechy Ezeh (Panel Webinar Recording)

2019 Trevor Muir, Epic Project Based Learning

2016 Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Anti-Racism Workshop and Keynote Address

2016 Dr. Jamila Lyiscott, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy

Teacher Academy/Cadet Program Credit

High-school students who have successfully completed a teacher academy or teacher cadet program while in high school can apply for EN-200 prior learning credits as a substitute for our EN-201 Introduction to Education course. Documentation of at least 30 hours of clinical fieldwork in a PK12 school is required. Contact the department for additional information.

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"
  • 90%
    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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