Class Act/Pre-Education


About This Program

The Class Act program at Minnesota North - Itasca is a specialized teacher preparation program that's one of a kind in northern Minnesota. The coursework, the learning environment, the adventures, and the curriculum are specifically designed for educators. Students experience hands-on, real-life experiential learning at its best in classroom labs and via a specially designed curriculum for education majors. You'll become an educator in a totally new way that prepares you to teach in the 21st Century.

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Degrees & Credits

A.S. Degree (60 credits)


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Program Features

PAID classroom field experiences

Class Act students are paired with local master teachers to complete 100 total hours of paid classroom field experience. Yes, PAID! Classroom experientials are available in preschool, elementary, middle and secondary settings. This includes observation and working with students to ensure that teaching is the right path for you.

"Tweaked" curriculum

Class Act students take the same courses other students at Itasca take, but courses taken as a Class Act cohort are “tweaked” toward education. Class Act students receive an Associate of Science degree, which transfers to a four-year college or university.

Educational adventures

Class Act students are offered the chance to participate in adventures to educational sites, such as charter schools, elementary, middle and high schools, and to four-year colleges and universities.

College visits

Class Act students will take day trips to St. Scholastica and Bemidji State University in the Fall of their sophomore year.

GPA requirement

Class Act students are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA across ALL of their classes. Failure to do so will result in an academic warning. If grades do not improve, you will be dropped from the program.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this program, students will be trained and ready for a career in a field experiencing critical shortages and high income potential. The Minnesota Department of Employment projects an increase of 32-50% for computer network specialists through 2014.
NOTE: Students enrolling in the Early Childhood Education AS degree program must be willing to obtain and pass a Criminal Background check.


Anna Francisco

Class Act and Reading Instructor

Additional Information


Bemidji State University

Elementary or Secondary Education B.S.

Bemidji State University was founded as a school for teacher preparation. A century later, the Department of Professional Education is as committed as ever to developing outstanding teachers. 

The College of St. Scholastica

B.S. Elementary Education Degree Completion

Offered at Minnesota North – Itasca and on the Duluth Campus. The B.S. Elementary Education Degree Completion program features a hybrid format of online and on-campus classes, allowing students to continue working while completing their degree. Classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and every other Saturday.