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Welcome from Co-Department Heads
Lynn Brice & Ariri Onchwari


Welcome to the Department of Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

From the earliest days of the Duluth Normal School through becoming the Department of Education we are today, we carry on the rich legacy of preparing education professionals dedicated to the welfare of children/youth, their families, and the communities in which they live. Now, in a time of extraordinary challenges and possibilities, we remain steadfast in our dedication to engage locally and globally to shape education for the 21st century.? Toward that end, our work as teachers, researchers, and collaborators is deeply rooted in a commitment to social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental justice.

We offer licensure programs that prepare teachers for today?s early childhood and elementary classrooms, integrating general education and special education. Our secondary licensure programs prepare teachers with a solid foundation in the disciplines, as well as the pedagogical grounding necessary to address the needs of diverse learners. Our Administration Licensure program prepares school administrators who will provide the leadership that ensures quality educational experiences for teachers and students. ?We offer education professionals advanced study through our Master?s and Doctoral programs. ?Graduate students in these programs develop in-depth knowledge of teaching and learning theory and practice, as well as research methodology in order to inform and enhance education practices in the diverse contexts in which they work.

The Department of Education shares a commitment to Indigenous education, collaborating with regional Native American leaders and the UMD Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization to support initiatives focused on the Native American community. ?These initiatives have included the Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project, the Master of Education Tribal Cohort, the Doctorate of Education Tribal Cohort, Maawanji?idiwag Bachelors degree program, and Naadamaadiwin Special Education licensure program.

Faculty in the Department of Education engage in various research and scholarly activities that involve them in educational settings here at home and across the globe.? Recent activities involved faculty consulting on assessment in Czechoslovakia, teaching mathematics in Guatemala, and teaching special education in Ireland.? Faculty have engaged with local districts to assist them in developing and aligning curriculum to the newly revised state content standards and the Common Core Literacy standards. Recent faculty research has investigated the use of iPads in World History, literacy in alternative education, infant and early childhood mental health, and international models of special education, to name a few projects.?

We invite you to peruse our website to learn more about the programs we offer, our partnerships and community-based projects, and faculty research and scholarship. We hope you find our website useful and interesting.