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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs

Graduate Teacher Licensure (GTL) Program / M.A. in Teaching (MAT)

Page address: http://ed.mnsu.edu/ksp/gtl/

If you have an undergraduate degree, through our Graduate Teacher Licensure/Master of Arts in Teaching Program you can earn a Minnesota teaching license in 24 months and a Master’s degree with an additional six credits.

Why the Graduate Teacher Licensure Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato?

Program Information

Philosophy

students in classroom

We believe that teacher candidates who enter our programs will be excellent teacher leaders. From day one, our candidates are treated like teachers; they are called teacher candidates and held to high expectations. We believe in the value of focusing on the candidates’ strengths and mentoring each one of them throughout the program, providing guidance and support. Not only is this mentoring provided by academic advisors but by teams of professionals, ranging from university field experience mentors to K-12 mentor teachers, program faculty and peer teacher candidates. Another component of our philosophy is authenticity in learning experiences. We believe in ongoing assessment, just-in-time instruction focused on real learning opportunities in the schools through extended field experiences and timely reflection on teaching experiences. Authenticity is also reflected in the faculty’s investment in instructional excellence, research, and scholarship in education. All learning takes place in small professional learning communities that provide the structure for synergy and innovation.

Program Information

Admission

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

Forms

Opportunities for Excellence

 


 

Why the Graduate Teacher Licensure Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato?

  • You can earn a license and a master’s degree
  • You are in the classroom co-teaching during each semester of the program.
  • Education course work offered on Tuesday evenings. You will work with a [PDF] content area advisor (31 KiB)to plan your schedule for course work in your content area.
  • You will complete a course every seven weeks.
  • You will be part of a small cohort.
  • You will be mentored by a team of university and K-12 professionals.
  • You can select a licensure area from over 15 options.
  • You can take the education courses either on the MSU campus in Mankato or Edina (the content course work is only offered on the Mankato campus).
  • Learning takes place in small learning communities facilitated through online and face-to-face instruction.

You can obtain a MN teaching license in the following content areas:

K-12 Licensure Areas 5-12 Licensure Content Areas
  • Dance
  • English as a Second Language
  • Physical Education
    • Developmental Adapted Physical Education
  • World Languages and Cultures
    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Music and Instrumental Music
  • Business Education (articulation with Winona)
  • Communication Arts and Literature
  • Family Consumer Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Chemistry
    • Earth and Space Science
    • Life Science
    • Physics
  • Social Studies

Advising

Each student will be assigned an academic advisor from the Department of K-12 and Secondary Programs. In addition, students will work closely with the faculty member assigned to the [PDF] content area of focus (31 KiB). During field experiences, students will be mentored by specifically assigned university field experience mentors, the K-12 mentor teachers, and the university faculty.

Each student will need to meet with his or her Content Area Advisors after being accepted into the program to work out a [PDF] Plan of Study (82 KiB)

 

Course Descriptions and Schedule

In addition to the following education courses (Tuesdays, 5-9 pm), you will take content area courses as determined by your [PDF] content area faculty member (31 KiB).Plan to set aside at least 30 hours each semester in order to attend classes and field experiences

Semester 1 (Fall)

Course Number Title Course Description

KSP 603

3 cr

Foundations of Education

In this course, candidates study the psychological, social, historical, and application of developing positive relationships in diverse learning communities within social, historical and philosophical perspectives. The course is based on the premise that building a learning community and developing positive relationships with colleagues and learners is basic to teaching and learning.

KSP 605

3 cr

Introduction to the Learner and Learning

This course is intended to prepare future educators and enhance the knowledge of present educators and counselors. The focus of this course is to provide foundational knowledge on physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development enhancing learning development of youth in grades 5-12.

 

 

Students will also attend seminars, but will register for the seminar during student teaching.

Semester 2 (Spring)

Course Number Title Course Description

KSP 600

2 cr

Technology Integration in the Classroom

Teacher candidates will develop skills to access information and integrate technology to improve learning for K – 12 students. Teacher candidates research, select, and evaluate information about diverse populations to design classroom applications using a wide variety of instructional technology. The level of expected performance is in accordance with graduate level expectations.

KSP 608

5 cr

Planning, Instruction, & Evaluation in the Classroom

The course is designed to guide K-12 and 5-12 teacher candidates through the design, implementation, and assessment of a standards-based curriculum from the analysis of standards, creation of assessments, design and delivery of instruction in a field-site. In order to understand the contextual considerations of instructional design and implementation, the course also examines the changing needs of middle and high school students in the context of best instructional practices and philosophies of successful middle and high schools.


 

 

Students will also attend seminars, but will register for the seminar during student teaching.

Semester 3 (Fall)

Course Number Title Course Description

KSP 669

3 cr

Reading, Literacy, and Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms 

In this course knowledge and skills are applied and assessed directly in a field setting. The course is designed to guide K-12 and 5-12 teacher candidates through the design, implementation, and assessment of a standards-based curriculum from the analysis of standards, creation of assessments, design and delivery of instruction in a field-site. In order to understand the contextual considerations of instructional design and implementation, the course also examines the changing needs of middle and high school students in the context of best instructional practices and philosophies of successful middle and high schools.

KSP 607

3 cr

Creating Learning Environments to Engage Children, Families, and Community

This course is designed to guide K-12 and 5-12 pre-service teachers through the design and implementation of a standards-based curriculum form the analysis of standards, designing performance packages base upon the standard, designing a course, and pedagogical methods.

 

 

Students will need to attend seminars during student teaching.

Semester 4 (Spring)

Course Number Title Description

KSP 660

 

Practicum in the Secondary
School
 

Student Teaching

KSP 674

 

Professional Seminar

Course spans Level 1, 2, 3 of 4 levels of KSP Graduate Teacher Licensure program each term with credit earned upon completion of student teaching.
Content focus is on professional rights, responsibilities, and development, student rights and responsibilities, and legal issues regarding data privacy and confidentiality. Effective professional development plans, practices and progress will be monitored. Skills of professional inquiry, reflection, coaching, and collaboration will be developed, practiced, and monitored.
 

Semester 5- Optional (offered Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters)

Course Number Title Course Description

KSP 609

3 cr

Research Methods

In this course, candidates study and practice appropriate research methods to ensure quality research of thesis topics. Canidates must complete this course before taking KSP 610.

KSP 610

3 cr

Scholarly Writing

This course is intended to enhance the validity and voice of candidates� thesis writing. Again, 609 is the prerequisite for this course.

Admission

1.

Applications are due on July 1st. Once your application is final, admission decisions are made. You may apply prior to the July 1 deadline and your application is considered and acted upon at that time. Only complete applications are considered. We admit students only for the fall semester.

Admission Criteria

Candidates are admitted into the program on a competitive basis based on the following criteria:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in your undergraduate study. If your GPA is below 3.0.
  • Your application materials will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • Evaluations by references
    • Evidence of commitment to the teaching profession and studies
    • Academic potential
    • Dispositions and teacher qualities
    • Match between applicant and program

Admission into the Program

To be admitted into the Graduate Teacher Licensure Program, you will need to apply to:

  1. The Graduate School,
  2. The K-12 and Secondary Programs Department, and
  3. Professional Education (application during the first semester in the program)

Applying to Graduate Studies & Research

Submit:

  • Online Grad School application at http://grad.mnsu.edu/applying/
  • Two official transcripts from institution(s) you have previously attended. Students who attended Minnesota State Mankato do not have to arrange for transcripts from this institution.
  • [PDF] Immunization form (1 MiB)
  • $40.00 non–refundable application fee (not required for non–degree applicants).

For international students applying to Graduate Studies & Research

Submit:

  • Online Grad School application at
  • [PDF] Immunization form (1 MiB)
  • $40.00 non–refundable application fee (not required for non–degree applicants).
  • You will also need to provide TOEFL of at least 500 or a IELTS score of at least 5.5.and your score from the GRE exam. Again, for more information on how to apply, go to http://grad.mnsu.edu/applying/internationalletter.html
    • All applications for this program must be completed by May 3, 2013.

Send your materials (and direct your questions) to:

Minnesota State University, Mankato
College of Graduate Studies & Research
115 Alumni/Foundation Center, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: (507) 389-2321
Fax: (507) 389-5974
Toll Free: (800) 722-0544
Email: grad@mnsu.edu (Inquiries from the United States)
Website: http://grad.mnsu.edu/applying/

Applying to the K-12 & Secondary Programs Department

Please submit the following materials via e-mail to wendy.meyer@mnsu.edu with the subject: GTL Application.

  • Three [DOC] Reference Forms (68 KiB)
    • Have reference form/letter e-mailed directly to wendy.meyer@mnsu.edu with the subject: GTL Application.
    • One must be from an undergraduate/graduate instructor or academic advisor.
    • It is highly recommended that one is from a current employer.
  • A completed [DOC] Personal Statement Form (56 KiB) summarizing the applicant's experiences and professional goals.
  • The applicant's professional resume
  • A completed and signed [PDF] Plan of Study (82 KiB)
    • The plan of study must be signed by your [PDF] content specialist (31 KiB)and included in the application materials.
    • The plan of study will require a face-to-face meeting between you and your KSP/academic advisor once admitted into the program.

You can be admitted into the program provisionally without a plan of study. However, you should attach a copy of an e-mail correspondence between you and your content area faculty contact to your application where the content area courses you will need to complete are laid out. The actual form can be filled out up to the beginning of your first semester in the program.

Applying to Professional Education

The application process to Professional Education will be completed during the first semester of the program (application due date is October). Prior to beginning the program it is highly recommended that each candidate successfully complete the Pre-professional Skills Test (MTLE).

In addition, you will be required to complete a background check before your first field experience in the fall.

For questions regarding Admission to Professional Education, please contact Jill Ryan at jill.ryan@mnsu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the program?

How many credits are needed to complete the program?

What is the application deadline?

How much does the program cost?

What are the GPA/admission requirements?

What if my GPA is below 3.0?

Should I meet with an advisor before applying?

Do you offer classes in the Twin Cities area?

What is the Basic Skills Exam?

Why do I need a background check?

How do I know if I need additional content course work?

Will any of the courses or coursework be offered on-line or at another location?

Will I need to complete field experience in the K-12 setting?

How long does it take to complete the program?

Typically 24 months. Some students may require longer depending upon their content area.

How many credits are needed to complete the program?

28 credits for licensure + 6 credits if you are getting your MAT degree + content area courses that you need to take.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are due on July 1st. International student applications are due on May 1st due to the longer processing time.

How much does the program cost?

MSU Mankato is one of the most affordable universities in the state! Please see tuition rates at http://www.mnsu.edu/campushub/tuition_fees/.

What are the GPA/admission requirements?

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in your undergraduate study.

What if my GPA is below 3.0?

A candidate may request that the GRE be waived based on the following criteria:

  • three references and 3.0 GPA based on last two years of undergraduate study; or
  • at least nine credits of graduate course work with a GPA of 3.0, or
  • successful completion of a Master�s degree from an accredited college or university.

Where the GRE is required, you must send test scores to the College of Graduate Studies and Research directly from the Educational Testing Service. Minnesota State Mankato's ETS code is 6677. For questions about the GRE, please contact grad@mnsu.edu.

Should I meet with an advisor before applying?

Yes, you will need to meet with your [PDF] Content Area Faculty (126 KiB)immediately after applying to your program so you can develop a plan of study for your coursework.

Do you offer classes in the Twin Cities area?

Coursework is offered at our 7700 France Ave, Edina campus via a combination of online and face-to-face meetings. You will, however, need to take the content coursework in Mankato. Many content areas allow you to take certain courses at community colleges (such as Normandale) then transfer them to MSU. The content area faculty member would make this determination (see list of faculty contacts) [hot links]. Three of the content areas (the Library Media Education, Business Education and TESL) offer their content course work all online.

What is the Basic Skills Exam?

The MTLE Basic Skills exam is required for all beginning teachers. Before acceptance into professional education during the first semester in the program candidates need to take the Basic Skills exam and pass the all sections to be recommended for licensure. For additional information about the Basic Skills exam click here.

Why do I need a background check?

The amended Minnesota Data Practices Act (1997) requires that we inform all graduate teacher licensure candidates that a background investigation will be conducted as part of the graduate K-12 mentorship placement process. The background investigation is currently used and required in many school districts throughout Minnesota.

This is to be completed during the fall semester of your first year.

The investigation will include an examination of information contained in public records including but not limited to criminal history records. The information is requested for determining your suitability and participation in the mentorship/student teaching program and is intended solely for screening purposes for school districts. It will not be used in a discriminatory manner.

Applicants are not legally required to provide the requested information or to consent to the background investigation. You may choose to refuse to supply the requested information. However, due to your refusal to either provide the requested information or consent to the background investigation, schools may not have the necessary information needed during the selection process of the mentor/student teacher and therefore choose not to include you.

Only individuals who have a legitimate need to access, conduct or place applicants will have access to applicant’s information. The information will be made available to Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) and public school employees that are involved in the mentor/student teacher placement process at the school district level. Any data collected, used or maintained by the Department of Educational Studies K-12 and Secondary Programs and the Office of Clinical and Field Experience about a candidate, is accessible to that candidate, upon request, as provided by the Minnesota Governmental Date Practices Act.

How do I know if I need additional content course work?

An evaluation of your transcripts by your content area faculty contact will aid in determining any deficiencies you may have and the types of content course work needed for licensure.

Will any of the courses or coursework be offered on-line?

This program is a combination of face-to-face and online courses. There is an in-class field experience each semester.

Will I need to complete field experience in the K-12 setting?

Candidates are required to actively participate in K-12 field experiences throughout the Graduate Teacher Licensure Program. The field experiences are integrated throughout the program and require that each candidate spend time each semester in the K-12 setting during normal school hours (8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Monday - Friday). Candidates may need to take a leave of absence from their employment to participate in final field experience, student teaching. Candidates receive no compensation for the time spent in the K-12 classroom during their field experiences and should make allowances for the loss of income. Field experiences provide opportunities for candidates to put theory into practice in a K-12 or 5-12 environment. During field experiences, candidates will become familiar with specific school-related issues, strategies to assist student learning and apply strategies to help students study and learn within the classroom environment. Prior to this experience, candidates will need to complete a background check.

Contact Information

K-12 & Secondary Programs

General Questions: wendy.meyer@mnsu.edu

Faculty contact information can be found here: http://www.mnsu.edu/ksp/faculty

Graduate Teacher Licensure Coordinator - Carrie Chapman
carrie.chapman@mnsu.edu
507-389-5210

Office of Field Experience

Website: http://ed.mnsu.edu/field/

Dr. Elizabeth Finsness, Director
elizabeth.finsness@mnsu.edu
507-389-1123
Patricia Harrington, Administrative Assistant
patricia.harrington@mnsu.edu
507-389-1517
Fax: 507-389-2270

Office of Professional Education / Admission to Professional Education

Website: http://ed.mnsu.edu/professionaled/

Jill Ryan, Administrative Assistant
jill.ryan@mnsu.edu
507-389-1217

Office of Graduate Studies

Joan Miller
joan.miller@mnsu.edu
507-389-2697

Licensure Coordinator

Gail Orcutt
gail.orcutt@mnsu.edu
507-389-1216

Financial Aid

Main Level of Centennial Student Union
http://www.mnsu.edu/campushub/programs/
507-389-1866
Student Financial Services
Minnesota State University, Mankato
120 Wigley Administration Center
Mankato, MN 56001

Forms

Graduate Studies and Research

Application for Graduate Study (broken link)

[PDF] Application for Graduation (110 KiB)

[PDF] Recommendation for Awarding the Certificate/Master's Degree (173 KiB)

[PDF] Change of Advisor (734 KiB)

Request of Registration Overload

Request for Extension of Time to Complete Program Requirements

All forms are available at http://grad.mnsu.edu/forms/

KSP Department

[DOC] Reference Form (68 KiB)

[DOC] Personal Statement Form (56 KiB)

[PDF] Plan of Study (82 KiB)

Application for Professional Education

Application for Student Teaching

Application for MN Teaching License

Opportunities for Excellence

College of Education Scholarships

Other Scholarships/Assistantships

MSU Graduate Research Conference

Study Abroad Student Teaching Opportunities

Career Development