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Rochelle Dyer

Company: St. Cloud State University

Position: Director of Social Studies Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Studies Education
  • edTPA (performance based assessment for initial teaching licensure)
  • Geography Education
  • Curriculum, program, and course design
  • K-12 Connections and Administration


Ed. S. in Educational Administration from St. Cloud State University. M.S. in Social Studies Education from St. Cloud State University. B.S. in Social Studies Education and International Relations from St. Cloud State University. Current doctoral candidate in Educational Administration and Leadership.


Rochelle Dyer has worked at St. Cloud State University since 2017, first an adjunct, and later joining the faculty full time as the Director of Social Studies Education in 2020. Additionally, Rochelle serves as the edTPA Coordinator for the College of Education and Learning Design; the edTPA is a performance based assessment required by the State of MN to obtain an initial teaching license. During her time at St. Cloud State, Rochelle has led a collaborative update to the undergraduate Social Studies Education program, as well as designed a new Master of Science program in Social Studies Education. She has partnered with the Departments of Geography, Economics and Political Science to create graduate certificates for educators that provide the credentials for teaching concurrent enrollment courses at the secondary level or for post-secondary social studies instructors in those content areas.  Rochelle is a licensed K-12 principal and superintendent. Prior to working at St. Cloud State, she taught middle and high school social studies in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District including global studies, world history, civics, geography, and U.S. history.


Currently, Rochelle is working on research related to middle to high school transitions, as well as research exploring the political geography of wine in Minnesota.  She serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies, is a part of the Social Studies Methods Instructor Network, has facilitated workshops and conference sessions for K-12 and pre-service teachers, serves on local area school district equity and curriculum committees, and has been a conference session reviewer for the National Council for the Social Studies.