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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

GTL Program - Frequently Asked Questions

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

How long does it take to complete the program?A male graduate student sitting at a table listening to a female
colleague.

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 MTLE?

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?

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 requirements.

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?

If your GPA is below 3.0, you must take the GRE and obtain a minimum GRE score of 500 on one or more portions (verbal, quantitative, or analytical).

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 Masters 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 (31 KiB) to fill out your [PDF] plan of study (82 KiB).

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 [PDF] content area faculty member (31 KiB) would make this determination (see list of faculty contacts). Three of the content areas (the Library Media Education, Business Education and TESL) offer their content course work all online.

What is the MTLE?

The MTLE is a new series of three licensure exams you will need to pass before getting your teaching license. The College of Education has been working to develop and/or obtain study guides and information on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Exam (MTLE). We have located study guides from other states that offer a similar exam to the MTLE. However, please understand that this a starting point and there will be some differences between their exam and the MTLE. The information has been placed on the following website: http://ed.mnsu.edu/advising/mtle.html. On the site you’ll find testing strategies and preparing for the MTLE.

Why do I need a background check?A professor lectures and students listen

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 [PDF] content area faculty contact (31 KiB) will aide 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. Three of the content areas (the Library Media Education, Business Education and TESL) offer their content course work all online.

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.

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