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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dean's Corner

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by Dr. Jean Haar, Dean

Greetings! Welcome to the College of Education at Minnesota State Mankato.

Our college is an innovator and leader. We are focused on truly landmark work. Through initiatives and programs in our college, we continue to gain momentum on changes that will impact the lives of children in Minnesota and across our nation. For example, we are:

  • Transforming teaching preparation to maximize the effectiveness of our graduates, including the redefinition of our candidates’ field experience through the co-teaching model;
  • Taking mentoring to a new level by combining traditional one-to-one coaching with sophisticated performance evaluation and data analysis to gain even more insight on how educators can facilitate student success;
  • Using research to discover ways for administrators to foster equitable learning and create more positive and supportive cultures in their schools;
  • Reaching out beyond the traditional K-12 environment to bring the educator’ perspective to areas like aviation and military science.

Plus, we are doing this important work in the context of engaged partnerships with teachers, administrators, school districts, communities, other institutions of higher learning, and funding organizations. We embrace big ideas and real-world thinking to make a meaningful difference for those we serve.

Whether you are exploring the College of Education as a prospective student, a prospective faculty member, a fellow educator, or community member seeking to learn more about our programs and approach, I hope your visit is enjoyable, and if we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact our main college office at 507-389-5445.