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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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October, 2016

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The Academic Advising Office facilitates academic advising, orientation & registration. We guide our students through the process of setting and achieving meaningful educational goals that are consistent with personal interests, values and abilities.

Mission of the Academic Advising Office:

To assist and support College of Education (COE) students with admission to educational programs, general education course selection, academics and recruitment & retention.

Notable Achievements:

The Advising Office works with over 600 students a year with academic assistance.

Professional Education:

The Academic Advising Office also manages admission Professional Education for all initial teacher licensure programs, COE variance requests, professional communications and COE Policy, Procedures and Review.


  • For the upcoming 2017-18 academic year the COE will be awarding over $200,000 dollars in scholarships to College of Education scholars.

Students can apply for scholarships at:

  1. MSU General Application
  2. Teacher Education General Education Application


Community Service:

  • Homework Helpers- A free tutoring program for K-12 students.
  • Saturday Study Buddies – A weekly family event with story time, arts & crafts.
  • Dr. Seuss Day – A university wide collaboration focused on children’s literacy and learning. Over 350 kindergartners from around the Mankato Area celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by participated in a fun filled day of story time and arts & crafts.
  • Literacy Day - A day sponsored by COE future educators focused on literacy and learning. Spring 2016 will feature Elephant & Piggy by, Mo Willems.

iStockTechnology Updates

Greg Leslie, Technology Director for the College of Education


edTPA submissions in Tk20

This fall marked the beginning of a new process through Tk20 for teacher preparation students submitting edTPA portfolios to Pearson. There have been a few bumps along the way, however that’s expected from any new venture. Since all students’ videos and materials are housed on Tk20’s protected servers, we’re already enjoying the benefits of decreased server footprints and increased data security. On top of that, Tk20’s engineers are leveraging their experience with edTPA and have built in a first line of support that notifies students of errors they spot before the portfolios are even sent.

it solutions

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Your cyber safety is important and IT Solutions launched a campaign running throughout the month of October focused on growing our understanding of protecting our identities and information. The theme for this year is Living in an Online World: Everyday Security.

IT Solutions hosted several presentations featuring cyber security experts to highlight these goals.

  • Monday, October 3rd: Dr. Chris Veltos, faculty member in the Computer Information Science department.
  • Wednesday, October 12th: Jeff Evenson, Principal Security Analyst at AgStar Financial Services.
  • Wednesday, October 19th: Ryan Manship, Security Practice Director for RedTeam Security.
  • Wednesday, October 26th: Craig Munson, Interim Chief Information Security Officer, and Jim Nelson, Information Security Risk Analyst, from the Minnesota State System Office.

IT Solutions and ITS Information Security further promoted cyber security with flyers, posters, and blogs, plus Security Essentials cards delivered to all campus mailboxes.

iStockNews from the Department of Counseling and Student Personnel

Dr. Jacqueline Lewis, Department Chair

Department of Counseling and Student Personnel Students and Faculty presented at the 2016 North Central Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference


CSP Students and Faculty attend the NCACES Conference

The field of Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) holds a national or regional conference every year. This year the department of Counseling and Student Personnel was well represented by its students and faculty at the North Central Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES) conference that was held Bloomington, MN in October. A total of 27 Masters and doctoral students, alumni, and faculty presented at the conference on topics that ranged from reflective practice in supervision, the role of happenstance in career development to culturally responsive supervision death with dignity, and technology in counseling.

Twelfth Annual Play Therapy Conference with Dr. Larry Rubin

The Department of Counseling and Student Personnel (CSP) and the Center for School-University Partnerships (CSUP) have partnered since 2005 to host a Fall Play Therapy Conference at MSU, Mankato. This year, over 100 mental health professionals serving children in this region attended the workshop, "Playing in a Post-Modern World: Narrative, Solution-Focused and Resiliency-Based Play Therapy" presented by Dr. Lawrence C. Rubin, Professor of Counseling at Saint Thomas University in Miami, Florida.

iStock Accreditation Updates

Dr. Carrie Chapman, Accreditation Coordinator

We have recently completed all of the program applications, program renewals, and two year data/narrative entries into the Board of Teaching EPPAS system for all of our teacher licensure programs. Many people at the program level and Dean’s office spent countless hours accomplishing this large feat. We expect to hear on all programs and the results of our assessment/program Narratives anytime between Dec. 2016 and Feb. 2017.

There will be feedback on how we can better meet the expectations on our assessment Narratives; there also may be small changes/adjustments to be made in new program proposals. But, we are hoping that there is nothing more to do at this time with all of our continuing/renewal of programs. Any information from the Board of Teaching on our teaching programs will be forwarded upon receiving. In the near future, we will be sending to each program the PDF of total data as it was submitted into EPPAS, so that a future record in the system will exist. We will also work with our COE Office of Assessment and Research to determine better ways to gather and disaggregate the COE-wide survey data, etc. for use each semester as a part of assessment monitoring per program.

Beyond teacher licensure, both the Counseling and Student Personnel Department (Council on Accreditation for Counseling and Related Education Programs) and the Educational Leadership Department (Minnesota Board of School Administrators) continue their efforts for specific programmatic accreditation. College-wide, accreditation of all of our professional programs is an important aspect of maintaining the quality for our students and faculty.

iStock Center for Educator Support Update

April Rosendale, Director

The Center for Educator Support provides training, resources, and consultation for those who work with teacher candidates. Currently, the Center is preparing to support the Minnesota Educators Partnership of ten P-12 districts as they implement a $150,000 grant awarded to the schools from the Bush Foundation. This grant will enable 140 teachers to be trained in mentoring language, support strategies, analyzing student work and designing effective instruction. This training has been developed by the New Teacher Center, and is provided to educators who will be hosting teacher candidates through the spring of 2018 in districts of Mankato, St. Peter, Le Sueur-Henderson, Sibley-East, Bloomington, Centennial, Owatonna, Waseca, Faribault, and Tri-City United. The Center for Educator Support is also providing training and coaching sessions for Teachers-on-Special-Assignment (TOSAs) who will serve as key coaches and support specialists for their colleagues in the implementation of this grant.