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Alternative Teacher Preparation

In October 2018, Lakes Country Service Cooperative (LCSC) was approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing & Standards Board (PELSB) as the first alternative teacher preparation provider under Minnesota Statute § 122A.2451. In addition, LCSC was awarded a $150,000 Alternative Teacher Preparation Grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to build career and technical education (CTE) licensure programs for incumbent teachers to obtain additional CTE licenses or endorsements.

LCSC strives to create an efficient, affordable, attainable, results-oriented, competency-based licensure program that is a clear pathway to obtain a license, yet nimble enough to provide individualized programs of study based on the identified needs of the licensure candidate. The intention is to offer these high-quality experiences on-demand to candidates without the traditional confines of the academic year.

Licensure programs include the Career and Technical Education Core program, Teacher Coordination of Work-Based Learning, Construction Careers, Transportation Careers, and Manufacturing Careers.

Candidates are recruited, admitted through a defined process, appointed an advisor/mentor who will stay engaged with the candidate throughout the program, work with their advisor/mentor to determine their individualized licensure program needs, and obtain necessary content through micro-credential stacks and field experiences. Once the individualized program is complete, the candidate and advisor/mentor will go through a program completion review and licensure requirement review before finally obtaining a recommendation for licensure. Even at the point of licensure recommendation, the candidate is asked to continue providing information and data related to continuous program evaluation and improvement.

For more information or to enroll in the program, contact Troy Haugen, Director of Career & College Readiness.

Alternative Teacher Preparation Staff

Troy Haugen
Director of Career & College Readiness

Tom Leuthner
Alternative Teacher Preparation Program Leader

Dustin Steenblock
Alternative Teacher Preparation Program Leader

Dr. Zane Sheehan
Alternative Teacher Preparation Program Leader  

Jolene King
Education Services Assistant