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The Southeast Asian Teacher (SEAT) licensure program at Concordia University, St. Paul, is an accelerated bachelor’s degree program and, for those who already have a bachelor’s degree, a post-baccalaureate program leading to teacher licensure.
The SEAT program is for individuals currently employed in Minnesota school districts as paraprofessionals, educational assistants and teaching assistants who are seeking a teacher license.
The program began in 1998 when the Minnesota State Legislature appropriated funds to assist in the training of under-represented populations, with a focus on Southeast Asians. The initiative was prompted by the scarcity of fully-licensed Southeast Asian educators in Minnesota schools and the program has grown to train teachers to work in urban and urban-like settings.
SEAT provides enrolled students with partial tuition funding and textbooks. The program is designed in a modified cohort model, where students take late afternoon and evening courses while remaining employed full-time in a school district as paraprofessionals, educational assistants or teaching assistants. Students of all backgrounds are invited to apply for the SEAT program.
Individuals interested in the Southeast Asian Teacher Licensure Program must be admitted as a student at Concordia University. Class rank, ACT scores and Grade Point Average (GPA) will be reviewed according to University procedure.
To be considered for SEAT, the applicant must:
Once admitted to SEAT, the cohort participant will:
The plan will include an individualized course of study for the participant. General education courses, professional education classes, field experiences, program seminars and intensive instruction in oral and written communication skills as well as support service for making progress toward meeting licensure requirements will be discussed. Training on a laptop computer will be designed to facilitate electronic journaling, email and related technical skills.
The mentor teacher/supervisor and principal at the school where the student is employed will be involved in the assessment of academic, professional and personal skills.
All SEAT applicants must apply for admission to Concordia University. When completing the application, be sure to select “Undergraduate” in the Academic Level field, and select an education program in the Academic Program field.
Completed application materials should be sent to Concordia:
Concordia University, St. Paul
Office of Admissions
1282 Concordia Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact SEAT Admissions Counselor Brenda Vue with any questions:
email@example.com | 651-603-6275
SEAT Program Director: Sally Baas