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No one is better qualified than Dudley S. Brainard to tell the story of St. Cloud State Teachers College. As teacher and administrator he has observed the development of the college for more than a quarter of a century. With the discernment and impeccable good taste of the skilled historian, he has etched, painstakingly and with keen understanding, the important events in the growth of the college.
This story, however, is, more than the story of St. Cloud State Teachers College. It is the story of the establishment of publicly-supported teacher education in the State of Minnesota. Attention is directed, quite appropriately, to the importance of the professional education of teachers for the public schools. This importance has not always been recognized as is indicated in the cataloging of the sometimes harrowing events in t he early history of the college. But as the story unfolds one gains a sense of well-being. It is clearly evident that great progress has been made.
Over the span of years St. Cloud State Teachers College has grown from a normal school offering little beyond the traditional secondary education to a full-fledged college presenting four years of professional education for the preparation of teachers. The degree of excellence achieved by that four-year program has been recognized by both the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The college is accredited by both these agencies. In the summer of 1953 a graduate program leading to the degree Master of Science in Education was initiated. Authority to offer this program was granted by the 1953 Legislature of the State of Minnesota with the whole-hearted and active support of the teachers of the state represented by their professional organization, the Minnesota Education Association.
To the younger generation, this history is the story of their heritage. lt is a precious heritage and an important one. The traditions of the college and the lofty ideals of its founders come alive for the reader. It is with a sense of re-dedication to those traditions and those ideals that this book is recommended to the alumni and faculty of St. Cloud State Teacher College and to all students of teacher education.
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Brainard, Dudley S., "History of St. Cloud State Teachers College" (1953). University Histories. 2.