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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Elementary & Early Childhood Education
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Elementary & Early Childhood Education

Our Mission

We strive to deliver a premier 21st century teacher educator program where emphasis is placed on facilitating students’ knowledge, critical reflection and responsive teaching through a culture of care.

The journeys of our students are intentionally impacted by: strategic partnerships, emphasis on the uniqueness of individuals, value-added opportunities and a reciprocal dynamic of theoretical practice that is grounded in inquiry, collaboration, and scholarship.

Ultimately, we emulate effective practices that the learning communities, which we seek to create in schools, would exemplify.


Presentations and Publications

  • Cunningham, C. J. and Sandell, E. J. (2016). Through the Looking Glass: Interculturalism in Action in Higher Education. In M. Stiasny & T. Gore (Eds.), Going Global 2015: Connecting Cultures, Forging Futures. London, UK: The British Council.
  • Sandell, E. J. & Tupy, S. (2015). Where Cultural Competency Begins: Changes in Undergraduate Students' Intercultural Competency. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 27(1).
  • Vasquez, L. A., Sandell, E. J., Beschorner, E., & Piowlski, L. (2015, November 6). Development of Culturally Proficient Practice across a Teacher Preparation Program. Presentation at the Fall meeting of the Minnesota Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Plymouth, MN.
  • Giovanna Margilli, one of our Twin Cities program students, was selected to receive the Hooper Award, sponsored by Minnesota ASCD. This award is given to one teaching candidate from all participating teacher preparation programs in Minnesota. The award recognizes Ms. Margilli for her scholarship, leadership, integrity and enthusiasm for teaching and learning.
  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Recently, Dr. Elizabeth Sandell and Professor Lisa Vasquez (Elementary and Early Childhoodhood) made presentations as guest lecturers to the faculty professors and researchers at two universities in Russia